Margaret Mickles, Former Model

Photo: Jake Chessum

What are you doing today?
I’m shopping and looking for a job at the same time—spending money and then trying to make it! I just need something part-time, because I’m going to go to school next semester. I was a model for the past six years, but I stopped a week ago. It’s time to feed my mind. I’ve been feeding my soul by traveling. Now it’s time to develop my independent self and nature.

Did you travel a lot as a model?
Yes. The thing with modeling is that you’re always stationed in a big city. I like to go to smaller areas and see locals. So if I’m in Paris or Milan, I’ll take the train to Lyon or Ravenna. I was just in Singapore for modeling for two months, so I went to Thailand.

What do you think of the fashion industry?
It’s a very sweet and kind idea that you could express yourself through clothing, but really, in the end, it’s just a shirt, it’s just a dress.

Will you miss modeling?
The people in the business are tough, you know? I’m glad I’m moving on. You have all these 14-year-old girls being put into the adult world, and they don’t know how to act.

Did you?
Well, I’m from Tennessee. And I’m an only child, so I spent a lot of time around adults.

What are you planning to study?
Religious studies. I’m from the Bible Belt, but I tend to be a very liberal person. We don’t have to live in a xenophobic state. I think that the essence of every single religion tends to be based on the same aspects of love. So that’s why I’d like to work in the school systems being a guidance counselor.

How do you describe your style?
I like looking folk-esque. My realm is that vintage style that’s going on in the East Village.

Do you live in the East Village?
No, in Gramercy. It’s quieter. And I don’t have a key, but I love walking around the park—I’ve been all through Central Park doing all of the trail hikes, but my favorite flower is mountain laurel and they don’t have it. This past spring, I saw it in Gramercy. I was so happy.

Margaret Mickles, Former Model