Rosie Mercado needs no introduction. She’s a dynamic woman with an extraordinary message whose willing to share a piece of herself with everyone she meets. Rosie’s bio describes her as, “today’s antithesis to models half her size and a role model for plus size women all over the globe”. You may know her as a celebrity makeup artist, plus model, actress and radio/television personality but after this interview you will get to know the many layers of Rosie Mercado.
It takes incredible support. I’ve learned that “teamwork makes the dream work”. If it wasn’t for a good team and great family I don’t think all of that would be possible. It’s also important to spend quality time doing the things you’re working on. For me the most important thing is my career and my kids.
I have great parents that believe in what I’m doing and they have always pushed me. Being focused, knowing what you want and going after it and just knowing where you’re spending your time at.
Motherhood aside, does any of the things you do take presidence over the others?
My children is my #1 priority. I want my children to see that even in the darkest moments of my life I’ve always been able to brush myself off and go after my dreams. My want my kids to go after their dreams. I want them to see that regardless of any obstacles when you’re focused and passionate their dreams can come true. I always make time for, I’m always going to be their mom and I want them to know that I’m be there for them and be the woman that God intended for me to be. It’s about breaking barriers and making a difference. I want them to know that while I’m achieving my goals, I’m helping people along the way.
How long have you been working in the entertainment and makeup industry and do you ever get tired of it?
I don’t get tired of the make up and entertainment industry. What used to irritate me is the cattiness and the negativity used to irritate me. But I’m there to provide my service and do a job. It’s a tough industry but when you stop focusing on the negativity and go in and do what you have to do everything is good. I’m very passionate about makeup. I love doing makeup and I love fashion and it’s something that I’ve loved since I was young. It’s definitely something that I’m passionate about and when you’re passionate about something you really don’t get tired of it.
Are doing the things that you’ve always wanted to do as a child?
I’ve always wanted to do it but growing up I was smaller than I am now but I was so insecure. I was always happy but I was always afraid of going after the entertainment industry full force because of the insecurities that I had. Now that I’ve really gone through the whole cycle I really understand where I’m going. That’s the most important part of a journey….discovering who I am, what my capabilities are, what my talents are. It’s something that I envisioned when I was younger but I never really spoke of it and I didn’t know how people were going to take it. I’m just happy that everything is coming to pass. I’m achieving my goals and I’m living the lifestyle that I want to live. Fashion is wonderful, modeling is wonderful but I have a voice. I have something that I want to say, I have my thoughts and I have things that I want to do. Have I achieved all of my goals 100%? No. Am I on the road to achieving them? Absolutely!
As a curvier plus size model, why is it so important that you work with companies such as Igigi and events like Full Figured Fashion Week™?
Even though its the plus size industry, it’s consumed with smaller sizes. All women should be celebrated regardless of what size we are. For me it’s about breaking the barriers and helping women find healing regardless of whatever size they are but once you have self respect and love for yourself you also start making wiser decisions. Everything starts turning into a positive rather than a negative and I think we need that positive reinforcement and that representation so women can pick themselves up and feel motivated to achieve their goals and you don’t know how much of an impact you have on people and then you turn around and there is a whole circle of people watching them. For me it’s really really important to represent women to the fullest and stay true to who I am and at the same time motivate others.
I was so proud to see you do the I Am Beautiful Igigi Video. How did other women respond to that?
The whole purpose of doing that video was to let people know that you’re discriminated against. It’s a harsh reality but just because I’m discriminated against should I put my life on hold just because I am a size 26-28? Should I accept that there is no life for me or there is no purpose for me and I think the biggest thing is absolutely not. As powerful women that we are, we have a purpose, we have a journey that we have to go through and if we don’t start acting on it life is going to pass us by.
Stay tuned to Part II of this wonderful interview with our August Cover Model Rosie Mercado…..available August 15th.