Going Home With Girls


Berlin, Germany
Briony Ridley
Hair & Make Up
Ilka Müller

How did you start modelling?

The “How did I come to the modelling industry?” story is a really long story but I’ll try to cut it short. I always wanted to be a model, because I am a really girly girl, I love fashion, make-up and jewellry. I never told anybody about that dream because I thought that it wouldn’t come true if I did. One day I was approached by a model scout in the metro, but after I visited the agency they didn’t want me. After that I was scouted by a few more agencies, including Seeds. In the summer holidays in 2011 I went to Spain with a group of teenagers and they gave me the nickname “Germany’s Next Top Model 2013”. When they asked me why I wasn’t modelling I had no answer. When I got home I phoned Seeds for 14 days straight, between 1pm and 2pm. Well this was the time of their lunch break. After two weeks of trying to speak to somebody I finally got a hold of them and they accepted me into their agency. Seeds had scouted me in a fashion store while shopping. Fabienne, a booker, was like an apparition, as soon as she arrived she was gone already. This was one of the best days of my life until now. Thank you Fabienne <3

Do you have any secret talents?

If I told you my secret talents they wouldn’t be secret anymore ;)

What’s your favourite thing to do in Berlin in the Summer?

Hanging outside with friends, eating ice cream or our special pasta salad. I also love to dance at the “Karneval der Kulturen” and go swimming in lakes, I don’t like swimming pools.

What do you like best in your neighbourhood? What’s your favourite thing in your bedroom?

I like all the green places around and the music at the place next to our house because I can hear it on all the warm summer evenings from our balcony. This week I was on a rooftop in my neighbourhood and it was amazing. The house is on a hill so you see over the whole of Berlin. That was a wonderful day. I sat there with three really wonderful people and we played guitar and sang. It was the first really warm day! Hmmm, in my bedroom I have two favourite things – my new bed (it is so comfortable!) and my new wardrobe.

Most embarrassing or funny moment of your life?

I can’t tell you the most embarrassing moment because it is way too embarrassing! But, well, funny moments is a good question, there are so many funny moments. I laugh a lot and sometimes when I start I can’t stop. Once, after dancing the whole day, night, and morning at Fusion festival we went back to our tent and while I was laying there I thought about the plural of “Kakadu” (german for cockatoo), is it “Kakaduse” or “Kakaden”? I don’t know why but it all sounded so strange and in the end we three girls lay in our tent and couldn’t stop laughing! It was 7 o’clock in the morning and with our loud laughter we woke up all the other sleeping people. But “Kakaduse” just sounded too good !!! :D

What do you want to do when you finish school?

I don’t know yet, but that’s no problem, I am still at school for one more year and after that I want to take a break. Something creative would be perfect, I draw and tinker a lot. In the past I wanted to be a fashion designer but now I think this job is a little bit too uncertain for me. If I could model during my year off, that would be just perfect! I hope to get some agencies in other countries and I want to travel to New York, I’ve wanted to go there since I was 9 Years old. I don’t know why, it’s just a really big dream of mine.

Did you have any funny habits as a child?

I don’t remember, but I know that I had a little friend he was invisible and his name was “Unsichtbari” (“Invisible”). Oh and I loved to watch cooking shows and one day I wanted to bake some cookies for my mother and I put one sprinkle of salt in the cookie dough, but the reality tv chefs said that one hand is one sprinkle and when my mother tried one of my first cookies ever she spat it into the rubbish! :D That was when I learnt what a real sprinkle is! I asked my mother and she told me that I used to bite all my friends. My best friend’s nose bled after I bit it, and after that my mother bit me to show how much it hurt.

What would you buy with 10 Euro?

A skirt, a dress and new summer shorts. I always buy my clothes at flea markets, I love that the clothes have a past and their own story. If I think back to what I bought with my last ten euro, it was a string of lights, because I rearranged my room. But the most certain thing would be that I wouldn’t buy anything with it, I am really good at buying nothing.

Questions from Blandina

How do you feel when you’re in front of the camera?

It’s always different. Of course it all depends on the photographer and the whole team, whether you feel comfortable etc. But even if I do feel comfortable, I’m still a little unsure in the beginning. So I love photographers who also give me feedback on how I am doing. I can even appreciate negative comments, because they give me reason for improvement. But in general I do feel comfortable in front of the camera and always have a lot of fun. I model for fun, not the money.

What makes you happy?

When my friends are happy. That’s why I love surprising them or giving them little presents. My friends Franja and Jakob also make me happy. They are a couple and treat each other so wonderfully, which always gives me hope for a happier world.

What would you like to change in the world?

I have to admit I’m not the biggest world changer. I could say: we need more justice, peace and nobody should be starving. But if I could make a wish it would be that everybody would be happy with what they have got and that some people wouldn’t lose the lightheartedness they’ve had as children. A child’s laughter is the most sincere thing there is.

What are your favourite things to do?

I love doing collages, baking things (and singing along while doing it), meeting my friends, listening to music, rearranging my room, browsing little shops, going to flea markets, sitting outside, swimming… and yes, I’m a person who can’t decide on things easily.

Favourite food?

That’s a good question and one that is very easy for me to answer. If sweets count, I’d say it’s definitely sweets. I’m pretty much addicted to sweets and up until now I haven’t found a single kind I didn’t like. Unlike vegetables and fruit, there’s a lot I don’t like there! So as a vegetarian I sometimes fail to maintain a healthy diet.

Marusja was photographed and interviewed in May 2013.

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