With the proliferation of fashion reality shows, a career as a fashion model seems like a walk in the park for those young men and women who are gifted with beauty and svelte physiques. Though shows like Remodeled, Scouted, and the long-running America’s Next Top Model gives a purview in the rarefied world of fashion models, the realities of the fashion industry are far removed from the glamor, backbiting and cat fights of reality television.
Fashion Reverie seeks to give its readers an accurate perspective on a model’s life. It may be glamorous, but the fame and accolades are the result of a lot of hard work and sacrifice. Still, those glorious creatures who give character, movement and shape to a designer’s vision continue to excite, enthrall and inspire.
Fashion Reverie: How did you get your start as a model?
Mario Skaric: I was always fascinated by show business, and I always wanted to be a part of the entertainment industry. While in college, I took the advice of couple of friends and went to an open call at a modeling agency. Midikenn, an agency in Croatia, saw my potential, some basic pictures were taken and sent to models.com, I began to attract some attention and my international career took off.
FR: Does modeling live up to your expectations?
Mario: I love every minute of it! As in every career, there are highs and lows, but when you are doing something you love, even the lowest low is still amazing!
Mario: I have worked for Armani, Malo, and Gas Jeans, to name a few. It was great when Mr. Armani came to thank us personally for a great show!
FR: What is your funniest modeling experience?
Mario: At a Pepe Jeans runway show, I was talking to one of the models, and she said to me, “To bad this is fall/winter 2011/2012 collection, we’re going to have to wait two years for some of the stuff to come out.” I tried to explain to her that we model garments six months before the line hits the stores, and though the collection says 2012, we are only six months ahead in time. She just gave me a confused look, and said, “Huh?”
FR: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Mario: I love Calvin Klein, Armani, and John Varvatos; I love classic silhouettes, with an interesting twist.
FR: Which designers or brands would you like to work for that you haven’t worked for
Mario: Calvin Klein and John Varvatos are some of the brands I would love to work for. I recently changed my look, cut my hair; got more of a European classical look, so it will be interesting to see which designers will be attracted to this new look!
Mario: Both platforms have a certain amount of charm. I love the fast pace and craziness of a runway show, and that “we did great” feeling after, but I also love the creativity of editorials and campaigns!
FR: What do you plan to do after modeling?
Mario: I plan to work in the entertainment industry; perhaps, act, and since I’m a musician, perform music. The fashion world has captured my heart, and I’m not leaving it any time soon!
FR: What is your favorite city?
Mario: New York City, most definitely! This is the city that you either love or hate; there is no getting used to it. And if you love it, you don’t want to live anywhere else!
FR: How would you describe your personal style?
Mario: My personal style has always been a little bit of a rock n’ roll bad boy. But, as I’ve changed my look, my style started to change as well, to a more classic, streamlined look.
FR: If you could do something else other than modeling, what would you do?
Mario: Acting, or having a band; it’s hard to imagine myself outside of entertainment or something creative.
FR: What’s next for you?
Mario: European fashion week is the next step, where I will break in my new look. There are going to be some surprised people there, so hang tight and see what happens!