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Meet trailblazing neubau model Marianne Schrøder

We chatted with the iconic Marianne Schrøder about everything from sustainability to self-image and the importance of being nice.

For the latest neubau cam­paign, shot in two inspir­ing loc­a­tions in the U.K., we were honored to work with the legendary Nor­we­gi­an mod­el Mari­anne Schrøder. A time­less beauty with a refresh­ingly healthy per­spect­ive on the fash­ion industry, Mari­anne is more than a mod­el, she’s a role mod­el and a delight­ful per­son to chat with as you’ll soon see below. 

Bring­ing her warm energy to the mod­ern and min­im­al­ist shoot loc­a­tions, Mari­anne offered insights on everything from her charmed start in the industry to the advice she gives her children. 

Tell us a little bit about how you got into modeling?

I am from Nor­way but moved to Den­mark in 1997 look­ing for work. A friend of mine sug­ges­ted I go with him to his agent. So I did that and soon after I had some pic­tures taken and pretty much right after that I went to New York to vis­it an agent. It worked out really well so I ended up stay­ing for four years. I was a red­head at that moment and the tim­ing was just per­fect. My look was very hot so I star­ted work­ing all over the world with­in a couple of months.

In an industry that cel­eb­rates per­fec­tion, how do you main­tain a healthy self-image?

When I first star­ted mod­el­ing it was quite dif­fi­cult to main­tain a healthy self-image because I com­pared myself to all the oth­er mod­els and of course thought that they were pret­ti­er and skin­ni­er, but today I know that I am unique and I get the jobs I do because they want me because the way I look. I appre­ci­ate that I am thin in a nat­ur­al way, but I have real­ized that being thin does not make you happy, so I work out and eat health­ily and sleep well so I am men­tally healthy and that makes me happy.

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What’s your idea of beauty?

My idea of beauty is when you are com­fort­able in your own body and accept­ing the way you look. It shines through when you are relaxed and use your energy on oth­ers than think­ing about the way you look all the time. 

I think people are beau­ti­ful when they dare to laugh out loud and make fun of them­selves. Life is short so make sure you have fun.”

What gets you excited about your work as a model?

I find my job excit­ing when I meet new people of all ages from all over the world. I get to hear their stor­ies and I love that we’re work­ing togeth­er. We all have to do our best in a day or two to make beau­ti­ful pic­tures. For example, when I meet a new design­er it is always inter­est­ing to hear their thoughts about the col­lec­tion and like­wise the pho­to­graph­ers who have dif­fer­ent back­grounds and stor­ies to tell. Trav­el­ing to new places is of course also great. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I have received is BE NICE TO PEOPLE

Sus­tain­ab­il­ity is becom­ing more and more of a focus in fash­ion, what do you think about this movement?

I love that the industry must think about sus­tain­ab­il­ity. We must real­ize that over­con­sump­tion and over­us­ing nature’s resources will jeop­ard­ize future gen­er­a­tions. So I am glad the fash­ion industry is find­ing altern­at­ive ways to pro­duce items and is look­ing into using mater­i­als that will not com­prom­ise the future gen­er­a­tions’ abil­ity to meet their needs.

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What does sus­tain­able liv­ing mean to you and how do you integ­rate sus­tain­able prac­tices into your every­day life?

I try to buy less. It can be really chal­len­ging, but really import­ant. I also try to teach it to my kids. IF YOU DO NOT NEED IT. IT IS NOTGOOD DEAL. :-)

Do you remem­ber your first pair of glass­es? How has your style and rela­tion­ship to your glass­es changed?

I do not remem­ber my first glasses, but when I buy glasses today I take much bet­ter care of them. I get really attached to them and try to hang on to them as long as pos­sible. Even­tu­ally, I lose them or they break, but then it is excit­ing to get a new pair to fall in love with. ;-)

17 Nov 2019 · neubau eyewear