Name: Margaux Brooke
Photograph by: Greg Swales
Passion, grace, and poise don't begin to describe the talent of today's Monday Muse, Margaux Brooke. She is effortlessly beautiful and talented at what she does; but even more, her words are incredibly encouraging to all who have the pleasure of hearing them. She has been just about all over the globe, yet still she seems to see excitement in the everyday. She's the kind of inspiration that keeps you going, even when the going gets tough. She's an artist, alright, and we had the pleasure of getting to know her--meet Margaux Brooke!
Hey Margaux, do you consider yourself an artist? What kind?
Definitely, I dabble in all different kinds of art. I would say I’m most well known for being a model. But I also enjoy drawing, acting, and writing, which is probably my most personal form of art.
How did you get your start?
I was 9 years old, living in Roswell, Georgia. One day my mom heard an ad on the radio for an agency looking for child models. She brought me in and the rest is history, as they say. I was never pressured into modeling. I genuinely loved it when I was little. They usually just dress you in your outfit and then tell you to have fun, and they capture some great photos from that. If only it were that easy now-a-days, haha!
Where do you live or where do you split your time between?
I would say my home is Los Angeles, or currently Orange County. I am planning to move to LA this summer, but really I am bi-coastal. I spend a few months out of the year in New York, which is my favorite city to work. I also work in London, occasionally, which is always a fun time. I learn so much from my travels.
Where are you from?
This is an interesting question for me. I was born in Ventura, California, but I moved to Georgia when I was 2 years old and lived there until I was 11. Then I moved to Costa Rica from age 12-15, and then I moved back to California, where I have lived ever since. So all of my growing years were split between three different places. But I usually say I’m from Georgia, but identify my home as LA.
Photograph By: Kristian Shuller
What/ who inspires you?
So many people inspire me, I don’t even know where to begin. My mom is my greatest inspiration. She provided such an amazing life for me, and did so as a single mom from the age 12 years old and on. I owe a great deal of my happiness to her. She got me into modeling, drove me to my castings until I was nearly 17, and always supported me. Coco Rocha is my modeling mentor, she’s taught me so much, mostly about how to deal with haters in this industry, and to be confident. She’s only a year older than me but has accomplished so much. I love her and her husband and now her new baby Ioni. They’ve always been so kind to me and have remained my friends until this day. As far as a writing inspiration, I’m obsessed with Patti Smith, I could only dream of writing like she does. I feel so much when I read her words, and I hope to meet her one-day in the future. Other than that, I would just say life inspires me. I can be walking down the streets in NYC and feel all sorts of inspiration from the weather to the architecture to the people. Traveling is inspiring.
What does our slogan “Carry Hope” mean to you?
Photograph By: Ben Cope
I think it reminds me to never give up. Even when things seem impossible and hopeless, and you feel utterly lost in life or your work, there is always hope. Sometimes all it takes is patience and perseverance, other times it takes a lot of hard work, but I think as long as you keep fighting, there is hope.
Do you think education is important? Do you think it always has to come in the form of formal training?
Yes, I definitely think education is important, but no I am the last person to believe it comes in the form of formal training. Sure if you want to be a doctor, or a lawyer, you should go to school to get those degrees, but when it comes to art, I don’t think a formal degree is necessary. I’ve completed two years of college and I’m not sure if I will ever finish. I have been modeling, and working, and teaching myself so much about the fashion industry, marketing, and how to brand myself. My dad asked me, “Where did you learn all this?” I told him, I taught myself. I think school can provide a great foundation, but sometimes you just need to learn on your own.
Photograph By: Jens Ingvarsson
Well writing is probably my biggest hobby. I’d love to write a novel one-day. It will probably be fiction, but for now, my writing is just for me. I also love online gaming, which I guess is pretty unorthodox for a model, or so I’ve been told. I play this game called League of Legends, super fun and addicting. But I’ve always been more of a tomboy.
Favorite song you are listening to?
Right now I’ve really been in to “Octa Hate” by Ryn Weaver. It’s a song about love, or rather, about losing love, which I’ve recently gone though myself, and I’m kind of on road to the recovery right now. So this song has kind of been my anthem. One day at a time right?
YES. One day at a time, absolutely. Thank you, Margaux, for carrying hope and caring enough about education to share your story with our readers.
How are you inspired? Share in the comments below.
Happy Monday, everyone!
Written by Grace Mueller
Spring 2015 Intern