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The world of fashion is filled with many young aspiring models, all who seek to immerse themselves in the competitive and often cut-throat industry. Rebecca Mardikes is a model who successfully rose significantly in the fashion industry in a multifaceted way, all while taking an unconventional yet organic route towards the career she has today.
Q: How did you first start your career in the New York City fashion industry?
A: I was hired as an intern for fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff. While working for her as an Intern, I was offered and worked multiple modeling jobs. That’s how I kicked off my start in both New York City fashion publicist as well as fashion modeling.
Q: How did your background in journalism and public relations help your career as a model?
A: My academic studies in journalism and work work experience as a publicist taught me how to effectively and efficiently work with a variety of agents, create and build relationships with brands and juggle a hectic schedule.
Q: What is your advice for girls interested in a career as a model as well as pursuing a full-time degree?
A: I say go for both! I am a huge advocate for education. Be sure to stay on top of your academic schedule, communicate with your advisors/professors/agents and aim to have a strong look book by the time you graduate from college.
Q: What are your long-term goals in the fashion industry both as a model and as a journalist?
A: My goals as a journalist are to either create my own fashion publication or work as a fashion editor at a publication. My goals as a model are to continue working with wonderful creative fashion brands and launch my own fashion line.
Q: Do you have any tips for models looking to grow in social media marketing?
A: I have so many tips on this! I think social media is a great tool for models to build strong and impactful relationships with fashion, beauty and jewelry brands. I would chat with your agent about this area of the industry, the current opportunities as well as your long-term goals.
Q: What are your goals outside of the fashion industry?
A: I want to create a charitable organization focused on educating and protecting children. This has always been a deep passion of mine. I began volunteer work on this subject in high school and have continued it ever since.
To learn more about Rebecca Mardikes and her work, please visit her Instagram page @rebeccamardikes.
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