THANK YOU Meron for taking the time to respond to our interview questions.[PERSONAL] AM: How did you get started in modeling?
Meron: I have always loved and followed fashion. When I was about 16 years old my high school counselor thought I would make it as a model and she introduced me to the modeling world.
AM: Was this what you dreamt for when growing up?
Meron: Modeling was definitely something that I had so much loved for but I never thought I would become a model or be at the stage I am in right now. It’s kind of happened over night for me.
AM: So, where are you originally from?
Meron: I am originally from Ethiopia. My parents are still in Ethiopia.
AM: Tell us about your education?
Meron: I am a fourth year college student. I am currently attending Goucher, College, a private liberal art college in Baltimore, MD.
AM: What languages do you speak?
Meron: I speak two Ethiopian languages (Amharich and Tigrina) and English.
AM: Who are your role models in the fashion world?
Meron: One of my top role model in the fashion industry is Liya Kebede. Besides the fact that she is from my home country, she is everything I want to be one day. Her philanthropy amazes me: she is a Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, has her own foundation, her own design line and she’s an actress. She is a pretty amazing woman.
AM: What’s a typical day for you?
Meron: School is my priority at the moment but when I have time, I am always shooting. Most of my weekends are dedicated to doing different shows, shoots or working with other photographers by helping them direct models.
AM: How do you stay fit in this hectic lifestyle?
Meron: well, I try to workout at least five times a week. I try to watch what I eat (not always successful) but mainly exercising is what helps me stay fit.
AM: When you’re not working, what are your favorite things to do?
Meron: I love photography, when I have time, I try to do photo shoots with friends and spend my time editing, watching a movie, or grab a cup of coffee and catch up with friends.
AM: Currently, where is home? Where are you located presently?
Meron: I was born in Ethiopia, grew up in Denver, Colorado, went to school in Missouri for two years and moved to Baltimore about a year ago. So, I don’t really have a place I call home but I think if I had to choose one, I would say Denver is home for me. [More Next Page...]