At only 20 years old Marie Teissonniere has been featured in numerous editorials such as Glamour Paris and Cosmopolitan and as a result has successfully grown a healthy following on Instagram, posting behind the scenes content of modelling life and inspirational imagery showing model-off-duty looks and her skincare secrets. Marie has worked abroad in major fashion capitals around the world including NYC, Paris and London whilst working with luxury fashion brands such as YSL but also high street labels such as Forever21 and For Love and Lemons.
With a growing interest in social media, a passion for style and glowing beauty, find out what advice Marie recommends for models and how she would like to change the industry…
A bit about Marie
WHAT IS YOUR AGE?
20 years old
WHERE IS YOUR HOMETOWN?
WHO IS YOUR MOTHER AGENCY?
MV ASKS: WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET SCOUTED?
This really enlightened my understanding of how important social media is and how it can truly transform your life and bring new opportunities every day, even when you don’t expect it.
MV ASKS: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE JOB TO DATE?
I think it was my first editorial for Cosmopolitan in September. It was one of my first major jobs and I was so excited about being booked for the editorial!
I remember I was so happy that I couldn’t sleep the night before!
MV ASKS: DEFINE YOUR SENSE OF STYLE…
I love so many fashion brands and I think that clothes really do have the power to promote your identity and show the world who you are. But it’s not just about the brands but rather your unique twist on every outfit you wear. Especially for models, it is key to carefully plan your outfits, as even when you are on the way to your next casting or off duty and wondering around town on the weekends, you never know who may stop you on the street and discover you!
Fashion is unique to everyone and personally, I always like to vary the styles I wear and mix my outfit according to my mood and my inspirations, one way to find ideas is definitely through social media.
MV ASKS: WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT THE INDUSTRY IF YOU COULD?
My favourite thing about the industry is definitely travelling. You never know where you will go next week and I find that so exciting!
For example, I just learned that I’m leaving in two days for New York! I wasn’t ready and that’s what’s I love about the industry!
If I could change something it would be the vision that people have of modelling and the fashion industry, some of my entourage often tell me how lucky I am to be on vacation every day… but it isn’t a holiday and your work schedule abroad can be very intense as you are not in that place a long time, so being well organised is key!
Modelling has a lot of advantages, of course, and I think it’s a wonderful job to experience and benefit from all the different aspects in addition to travelling such as meeting an awesome array of people you may have never come across, but it’s also a full-time job and sometimes it’s tiring!
MV ASKS: WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE CITY TO WORK IN?
The United States has definitely been my favourite country to work in for sure. It’s my first step in the US and for now, It’s my favourite place to work because I think the US offers a lot of amazing opportunities which you can not always find in every country. I’m French and it’s the American Dream for me!
MV ASKS: WHAT CAMPAIGN WITH MODEL VILLAGE HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE SO FAR AND WHY?
The Kooples was my favourite. I’m in love with the style of The Kooples, rock and sexy, simple and casual.
MV ASKS: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED AND WHAT 3 TOP TIPS DO YOU SUGGEST TO ASPIRING MODELS?
My best advice I have ever received it’s definitely just to be myself, it is sometimes hard to forget about who you are in an industry where you are constantly changing and transforming, but staying grounded is the best advice to help you stay true to yourself.
My 3 top tips would be:
1. To be yourself
2. To have fun
3. To be persistent
MV ASKS: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE QUOTE TO LIVE BY?
I once found this quote on Pinterest last year and I’m completely in love with it and definitely try to live by it:
Don’t compare your life to others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon, they shine when it’s their time!
MV ASKS: WHAT ARE YOUR 3 THINGS YOU ALWAYS CARRY IN YOUR BAG?
1. My phone for staying connected with my agency, my friends and the world…
2. My lip balm for lip care
3. My credit card for shopping of course!
MV ASKS: WHAT IS ONE GOAL YOU WISH TO ACHIEVE IN 2018?
I have already reached it actually which I am so proud to say! My personal and professional goal was to work in the United States!
But if I had to have another goal by the end of 2018, that would be to book a publication with an American magazine!
MV ASKS: WHY WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE OTHER MODELS TO JOIN MODEL VILLAGE?
Model Village offers you an amazing and unique chance to discover brands, products and meet new people in a brand new medium which was never available before for models. The app provides so many wonderful advantages ranging from perks and briefs, it is something every model should take advantage of!