We had the good fortune of connecting with Marie Verde and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marie, how do you think about risk?
Ive taken alot of risk in my day . Some good , some bad , some i could have been incarcerated or worse . But one thing ive learned through all of the risks ive taken , without risks there is no reward . The lessons ive from each risks ive taken has only made me smarter for the next moves . I learned to appreciate the lessons more and it has made me humble in SOME situations , others it was mine so i took it .

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
From a child , I always wanted to model, but alot of my family members did not want me to pursue it . For a while I was scared and timid about it until I was, at the time, a friend who started doing it and it motivated me to pursue it . I saw how confident she was getting in front of the camera and just having fun and her pictures turned out so beautiful, i said in my head thats what i want to do forreal . At first I was really shy about it because I wasnt used to being in front of the camera in that way and my weight wasnt where I wanted it to be so my first shoot i didnt like at all . But that only motivated me to start my weight loss journey which got me to my dream weight which took a year on and off and i started practicing my posing , after that I started to feel more confident in myself to keep going . A lot of friends encouraged it because they could see I was happy with my results and I had a different energy about it . After that , i started planning shoot seasons and concepts in my head, writing them down everyday something new to try , practicing poses in my mirror and putting outfits together and putting them to the side months in advance for my shots . I dont really like using creative directors so much because I have A LOT of ideas in my head and I dont think other people will see the visions like I do . Im really excited about this years shoot season because it starts around my birthday in September and these concepts ive been planning since last year and I think people aren’t going to be expecting any of these !

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well in Charleston, SC , there isnt much to choose from but we do have alot of historic places out here one of my favorite spots to just relax has to be The Battery in Downtown Charleston , i can sit there all day reading , writing , walking and watching the view . The beaches out here are amazing for quick day get aways , Myrtle Beach ( 2hrs away ) Folly Beach , Sullivans Island and Isle Of Palms but one of my favorite has to be Edisto Beach , its very secluded and more residential . We have a lot of shopping here , Northwoods mall is good for if you are looking for normal everyday things , and but my favorite places has to be Tanger Outlets , and I love going down King St. in Downtown, down there is a little expensive but it pays to look good ! One of my favorite spots to eat at is Nigels , but there are other good spots out here besides them . We have Lolas in Hannahan , Los Reyes ( one of my favorite mexican restaurants) in North Charleston , as much as I LOVE seafood , The Cajun House in Summerville and the list goes on . Charleston has A LOT of hidden gems !

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My son , Chandler . He has saved my life in a lot of ways . He has changed my heart in ways that make me think twice about a lot of things in my life i have done , and has made me choose better decisions that has benefited the both of us . This is a funny one but one of my previous exes , because he has taught me more survival skills , he put a lot of motivation behind my hustles and til this day I have the upmost respect for him for it . My Grandfather, who recently passed this year from covid-19, because he gave me a strong mindset about family and business which has motivated me to my own business selling hair, clothes and cosmetics .

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Twitter: @theinfamousmv

Image Credits
The Photographers for the images C. Metro Yonata Solomon Aaron Smalls Colin Myers

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