It’s that time of year again. It’s that time of year when we leave the cool, brutal, bitterly gray days of late winter of icy chills and snow behind for the bright and colorful palettes of spring.
Gone are the days of never-ending whiteouts and in its place are the bright pastels of lavender, gold, pink and soft blue. What that also means is spring break, as in terms of hitting the beach and rocking that bikini or swimsuit you’ve had stashed away since you got it from Christmas.
With exotic and sunny locales such as Cancun, Punta Cana, Panama City Beach and the Bahamas likely popular hot spots for those looking to frolock away in the surf and take a cool dip in the ocean.
With millions expected to hit the beach around the world, one such model who will also likely be out and about is Sarasota, Florida-based Instagram model, Mariah Rivera.
Despite being just 18, the 5’7 sun-tanned, blue-eyed beauty has modeled for name brands such as Brazilian bikini lines Copacabana Beachwear, Rio Swim, Los Angeles-based designer swimwear company Siempre Golden and as a brand ambassador for online swimwear brands such as Swim Szn.
Blessed with a youthful and fresh-faced look, Rivera has the personality, beauty and “it” factor in becoming a model to keep an eye on in the future.
Below is my Q and A with Ms. Rivera as we discuss sprint break, how to look great for summer and her dreams of appear in SI’s Swimsuit Issue.
Name: Mariah Rivera
Birthplace: Sarasota, Florida
Modeling Agency: N/A, but I am looking in hopes to signing. I just have not been offered yet.
Robert D. Cobb: What kind of model do you consider yourself? (Instagram, pin-up/glamour, fashion):
Mariah Rivera: “I would say Instagram but I would really love to get signed so I can get into all aspects of modeling, I love what I do and I want to do more of it.”
Robert D. Cobb: What brands have you modeled for? Which one do you enjoy modeling for the most?:
Mariah Rivera: “I have mostly done collaborations and brand ambassador programs with Siempre Golden, Swim Szn, WaterWear, The Style Club, AB Kinis, Copacabana Beachwear, Rio Swim, Cali Dreaming Swimwear, Kys Kinis, and many more to come.”
Robert D. Cobb: Where has been your favorite place to shoot?
Mariah Rivera: “I mostly do swim, so I love a beautiful beach environment, there are so many cool secret and local places that I’ve found in Sarasota, Longboat Key, and even in Laguna Beach.”
Robert D. Cobb: What is the most exciting aspect of modeling?
Mariah Rivera: “For me, the most exciting this is to see the photos after the shoot, I love pushing myself to do the most unique posing as I can even if the water is freezing.”
Robert D. Cobb: With spring now here and summer right around the corner, what fashion and style tips and trends do you have for looking good when the temperature drops?
Mariah Rivera: “I would say have a one really unique statement one piece, they have really been making a strong comeback.”
Robert D. Cobb: What are your plans for spring break?
Mariah Rivera: “My spring break has already past but I was a baseball games the whole time in Miami and St. Augustine. I plan on having a more eventful summer.”
Robert D. Cobb: Within the industry, who is your inspiration?
Mariah Rivera: “I love the girls who shoot in the Swimsuit Sports Illustrated(Issue), I hope one day I’ll be able to see myself in one of their magazine.”
Robert D. Cobb: What is your secret to staying in shape?
Mariah Rivera: “Drink lots of water and fruit.”
Robert D. Cobb: Outside of modeling, what are your hobbies?
Mariah Rivera: “I loving doing anything outdoors especially water sports.”
Sports question: Who are your favorite teams and clubs?
Mariah Rivera: “I love the (Tampa Bay) Lightning (hockey), (Florida State) FSU (college football), The (New York) Yankees (baseball).”
Robert D. Cobb: What are your favorite cities to travel to?
Mariah Rivera: “My favorite would me L.A.(Los Angeles), which I just recently went to for the first time or New York City.”
Robert D. Cobb: What advice would you give to women aspiring to get into modeling?
Mariah Rivera: “Go for it, even if you don’t look like the models on the cover of Vogue, you are beautiful and can be anything you want, just get out of your comfort zone and try!”
Special thanks to Ms. Mariah Rivera for her time and assistance during the Q and A interview process. Images are the respective property of their owners and used with permission.