I didn’t expect that all this was possible when I just proposed her name for my third article to Vogue Italia. I just wrote “I would like to talk about Rebekah Marine, the first bionic model in fashion“. I had read and heard about her in the news and I was somehow incredibly fascinated by her. The week after my name was featured between the accepted proposals: yes, Vogue wanted me to write about Rebekah Marine. I felt so happy and excited that I started working on my article. But a few days after I thought: why not telling her? So I wrote her an email, including some questions raised by my curiosity and, while I pushed SEND with one hand, I crossed my fingers with the other one. Well, the day after I was answered back by Rebekah.
That’s how this story has began. That’s how she is now featured on Vogue Italia’s website with my signature at the end of the article (read it here!) and how you’re going to read the following interview. It was such a honour for me, Rebekah. Thanks a lot from the bottom of my heart.
Well, Rebekah, what was your job dream when you were little?
As funny as it sounds, I always wanted to be a veterinarian because of my love for animals. I had dogs, rabbits, chickens, mice, hamsters, fish, you name it! As I grew older, though, I became fond of playing dress-up, wearing makeup, having pretend photo shoots, etc. I knew at that moment I wanted to be a model.
What was your relationship with fashion before you became a model and how has this relationship changed after?
Before I got into modeling, I thought fashion was all about wearing trendy clothes and looking pretty. It’s much different for me now. I have a stronger appreciation for fashion, knowing the hard work that goes into creating a good photo shoot. Modeling isn’t just standing around and looking pretty. It’s an art: knowing your angles, poses, etc. It’s not as easy as it appears.
What do you love wearing today? Do you have a favorite designer?
I’m obsessed with crop tops right now. Perhaps that stems from my slight obsession with Taylor Swift (haha). Her style is great. My favorite designer, hands down, has to be Alexander McQueen. His designs are so dramatic, edgy and yet sophisticated. That’s the kind of look I am drawn to.
“The future of fashion is here”: as a bionic model what has been the most challenging experience of your career till now?
Getting noticed in this industry has always been quite a challenge. I learned that finding your niche is so important, because now many people recognize me as the “Bionic Model”.
What do you expect from the future as a bionic model?
I truly hope what I’m doing will open doors for many other models who don’t fit the stereotypical model look. Above all, I hope to continue modeling and inspiring others to push their own boundaries. The ultimate goal: be the first bionic model to land on the cover of VOGUE.
Since today it’s December 23th and 2015 is about to finish, my wish to Rebekah for the new and all the coming years is: may all your dreams come true. When you are featured on Vogue cover (I’m sure you will!), I’ll jealously keep that issue to have your signature on it when I’ll finally meet you.
Find and read Rebekah Marine’s biography on Vogue Italia here.