Marie Alexandra Finding Her Way

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How did you start modeling?
I love exploring old buildings and abandoned places and I began modeling for a friend while doing some urban exploring. I continued because I discovered it as a positive creative outlet and I really love the whole process. From the creative challenge of styling, finding a location, finding a photographer, the actual shoot, final images, and sharing images— every step has its own magic. For the most part I do my own styling and find clothing at thrift stores which is always a fun treasure hunt. I love vintage finds from the 80s and 90s but I also admire anything with bold patterns and textures. I love to find spots with interesting lighting and spooky settings to shoot in— my favorite place to shoot is in abandoned buildings and in the desert. I also love modeling because it allows me to collaborate with other artists. I have met many great friends over the past year through making art. Modeling has also allowed me to explore parts of Los Angeles and surrounding areas that I have never been to before. I look forward to traveling around the country and the world modeling and creating art.

Tell us what are you into besides modeling?
I love art. Art is everywhere and is a crucial part of our every day lives. Everyone is an artist even if they don’t feel it yet, they just haven’t found the medium that speaks to them. I have a bachelors degree in Ceramics and Museum Studies and I love spending time in museums, parks, and gardens as much as I can. I always have a sketchbook with me to write down ideas and draw and lately I have been into fiber art. I took an introductory fiber class a few years ago and since then I have been making these large wall hangings out of interesting pieces of fabric I have deconstructed from old clothing. My pieces are not beautiful but I like them for the process of collecting and deconstructing and reassembly. The process of making art is the most valuable part for me. I feel so good whenever I can create and I love working with my hands.

Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite living artist is Paula Hayes. She is an American designer and visual artist who fuses landscape design with sculpture and botany. Hayes work is concerned with the human connection to the environment and she is known for designer landscapes and living art terrariums. She lives in New York City and still continues to produce art. I admire her work for the living aspect which is unique. My favorite pieces are the Crash Site Spheres completed in 2013. These are clear glass spheres that contain crystals, pieces of broken glass, and tiny bits of found metal. Her work sparkles and is small but intricate and it makes me feel like magic exists. You can check her work out at { } and on instagram @paulahayesstudio.

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What do you do in your free time?
In my free time you can find me at my favorite thrift stores looking for funky and vintage pieces. I also love spending time at the beach, looking at tide pool creatures, hiking, camping, walking my dogs, and cooking new recipes.

If there is one piece of advice you would give our readers what would it be?
It is so important to get to know and love yourself before you try to love another person. The most important part of your life is you. Be proud of your achievements and mistakes because it is all an opportunity for growth. Everyone is human. Everyone is learning and we all feel the same emotions. Be kind and appreciative of all people as often as you can. Be true to yourself and things will fall into place.

What is the biggest city you’ve been to?
The biggest city I have been to is Los Angeles. I grew up in a small town in New York and moved to California 6 years ago. The other big cities I have been to include New York City, San Francisco, and Montreal.

What is your favorite city?
My favorite city is Montreal. It has so much beautiful architecture, culture, great food, beautiful museums, and is just a lovely place to walk and explore. Montreal is a big city for ceramics so that may also be why it holds a place in my heart.

My favorite place to be in nature is at the Grand Canyon. That was the most beautiful, strange, awe inspiring place I have ever been to. I cannot wait to visit again.

What destinations do you have on your bucket list?
I would love to travel the world which I hope to accomplish by modeling. My top places to travel to are Sao Paulo, Brasil; Toronto, Canada; and Tokyo, Japan. I would love to travel any where and I really enjoy exploring new communities and cities around me in Southern California.

Do you have any pets?
Yes. I have two dogs. Pooch and Trixie. They are my best friends and total little goofs. Pooch is a 12 year old chihuahua terrier mix and Trixie is a 3 year old dachshund chihuahua mix . My dogs are like my family and I am so thankful to have them!

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What turns you on?
Having a partner who is confident in and out of the bedroom, hard working, can communicate, and appreciates me for exactly who I am turns me on so much. I also love natural smells on the skin and I would prefer to smell coconut oil and sweat than any cologne.

What’s the easiest way to get a woman to climax?
The easiest way to climax for you or your partner is good communication. Its that connection, trust, and communication between you and your lover that not all people have but everyone is searching for.

How can we follow you online?
Please follow me on Instagram @marieinatree and on Tumblr { } Contact me directly by email for booking or questions/comments {}

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