22 YEARS OLD ATLANTA, UNITED STATES
“PRADA AND DOLCE AND GABBANA WERE THE FIRST BIG THINGS I DID. I KNEW THEY WERE A BIG DEAL TO BOOK BUT I DON’T THINK I UNDERSTOOD HOW CAREER CHANGING THEY COULD BE UNTIL AFTER!”
When it comes to quality castings, it’s hard to beat Prada and Dolce & Gabbana. Each season the Italian house slingshots a completely unknown face into the fashion industry. This year’s choice goes by the name of Merry Mae and hopes to be as successful as Amber Valletta, Carolyn Murphy and Guinevere van Seenus, her predecessors on the Prada runway. Get to know the American model a little better.
Stylist Kate Loscalzo. Denim jacket shorts Alexander Wang. Stripe Button Down Blouse Veronica Beard. Black Rodeo Mule Celine
Vestal Magazine: First off tell us how were you discovered and how did your modeling career start?
Merry Mae: I actually walked into MP ATL’s open call and they signed me that day
VM: Prada and Dolce & Gabbana was the first thing you did basically? And at the time did you know that was a big deal?
MM: Prada and Dolce and Gabbana were the first big things I did. I knew they were a big deal to book but I don’t think I understood how career changing they could be until after
VM: Were you into the idea of modeling?
MM: I definitely was! I had been scouted a few times when I was younger so it was always in the back of my head
VM: What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done?
MM: While I was in Sydney I got to shoot a cover story around Hornby Lighthouse, it was so beautiful
VM:What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started modeling
MM: To not give up
VM: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?
MM: I got to shoot for a day near Mt Fuji
Leather western polo FILLES A PAPA.
VM: What part of modeling do you like the most and why?
MM: Traveling because I probably wouldn’t have been able to see half the places I have without modeling
VM: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
MM: Typically my cats pawing at my face for breakfast
VM: What are the main challenges in modeling today?
MM: I think being able to stand out in an industry that’s constantly growing
VM: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?
MM: Claudia Schiffer
VM: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?
MM: I like to go hiking or trail running
VM: What’s your beauty regimen like? Any secrets?
MM: I have sensitive skin so for me, less is more. I just use a natural face wash and moisturizer and try not to switch up products. Also tea tree oil does wonders
VM: Are you superstitious or do you have any rules you live by?
MM: I’m not superstitious but I do believe what goes around comes around
VM: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?
MM: Don’t take things too personal
VM: What do you want to achieve in the future?
MM: There’s so much I want to achieve, as long as I keep moving up and reaching goals I’m satisfied!