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The need-to-know on model Anita Marshall

By Anna Heaton, 9 November 2016

Megababe Anita Marshall started her career four years ago and between being interviewed by the likes of internet-breaking Paper magazine and working on campaigns for brands such as Macy’s and Nordstrom, she now stars in the ASOS Curve partywear shoot. Get to know the 25-year-old as she talks about never taking no for an answer and switching up her 'model uniform' wardrobe for something altogether more fun…

Styling by Olivia Stoddart

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Picture: Jeff Hahn

How did you first start modelling?

My mum always used to tell me that I’d be good at it, but you know what your parents are like – they’re your biggest fans! I pursued it once and had a really bad experience so didn’t continue but one of my work colleagues persuaded me to give it one last try. I sent my photos to Dorothy Combs model agency and the rest is history – I was so in shock that I didn’t sign my contract for about two months.

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What's been your fave project so far?

Honestly, I don’t have one single favourite because it all moulds you into the model that you become. Every job is different and I learn so much from every project, so I don’t like one more than any other – all the crews and people that I meet are amazing. I’ve been to some really cool places, too – at a young age, I don’t think you feel like you’ll get to travel the world so I’m very grateful for modelling because it’s given me these opportunities.

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What three beauty products can’t you live without?

I was actually a make-up artist in Sephora for four years, so I always liked trying out-there beauty looks. I’d have to say moisturiser for hydrating (you got to keep that beautiful skin going), concealer because sometimes you wake up and need a little extra help, and eyebrow pencils as your eyebrows frame your whole face. 

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Describe your style…

It's primarily comfort over fashion, but I've been loving prints and colours recently. My wardrobe used to be the typical ‘model wardrobe’ with black jeans, black shirts, black shoes, and lots of my friends were like ‘what’s up with your closet?!’ so I decided to experiment more. I’ve been very into the whole 70s thing lately – I guess with my ‘fro it goes, I love it.

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Do you have a life mantra?

My life mantra is actually my school motto – find a way or make one. Sometimes you’re just thrown into a situation and you might not know how to deal with it, but you find a way. 

 

Any advice for aspiring young models?

I would say, don't take ‘no’ for an answer, because if I had done then I wouldn’t be where I am today. Keep fighting for what you want and eventually someone will give you the tools to create it.

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