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Motivational Woman of the Month: DeMarie

Meet DeMarie. Model, writer, speaker, mentor and all around an amazing woman. You may have seen her on an LA Fitness Poster, or on the runway at Style Week LA modeling fashion's hottest brands. DeMarie paved her own road...created her own destiny. She knew what she wanted, went for it, and succeeded!

Find out her tips, how she thinks, and how you can reach your dreams!

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Hi DeMarie! Can you tell us a little about yourself? Hello! I am Devin Marie (better known as DeMarie in the fashion industry. I am model, student, mentor and founder of a women's advocacy group. I am close to completing my BA in women and gender studies where I then want to pursue a field in counseling women and adolescents. I am currently a mentor for young women, and co founder of a newly developed women's forum that acts as a personal development mentoring and advocacy group to assist women of all ages to develop and refine their voices in every area of their life! For fun, I enjoy eating really great food, traveling, experiencing new cultures with incredible minds and great people!

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How did you get into the fashion industry? I have always aspired to be model since the age of 11. I would walk between classes practicing my fiercest runway walk. In high school I was voted "Most likely to become America's Next Top Model", so I guess it sort of just stuck.

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What advice do you have for those looking to pursue modeling? Know and set your standards BEFORE entering in any part of the industry. To begin with, I thought waltzing around half-naked was the only thing that would get me jobs, but it was never something I was ever comfortable with. I had to take a step back, and assess what I felt comfortable doing. For me, lingerie and swimwear done tastefully is something I respect, but just not for me and the legacy I want to leave behind.

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What struggles did you face when you started pursuing your passion? I was discouraged a lot before even entering the industry. Comments like "You are too short", or attitudes of me being "too ethnic for our shows.." weren't uncommon. I went to these castings anyway. The majority of the models I was casting towered over me, which was a bit intimidating at first, but my 5'7 1/2 self made it known "you may not pick me (yet), but you will remember me!"

How did you overcome those struggles? Rejection is difficult for anyone. I do my best to focus less on the rejection, and more on the redirection that that opportunity allotted me.

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What do you think it takes to be successful? Success means differently for everyone. Some equate success with riches, status, or validation. I find success in the small victories; the ones no one really celebrates like stepping outside your comfort zone, sticking your neck out there, and trying out for things most people would discourage you from doing. It's fun to share photos and experiences on social media, but if you want to be successful, you have to feel success and embody whatever that means for you, before the victory, before the celebration of whatever goals you have ever reached. It takes discipline to not give up, and I don't intend to!

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What advice would you give women who aren't really sure how to pursue their dreams? My advice for those particular women would be to"self-assess." Find out what gets you fired up, what inspires you, what makes you feel alive, and purpose-filled just by thinking of it? For me, seeing those without a voice or needing help filling the gaps of their past with purpose instead of remnants of pain, motivates me. Someone once told me that "you'll know your passion based on what stirs you up inside--if seeing abused animals for example starts a burning fire in you, that provokes you to question the world around you and find ways on how you can play a role in making it better--run with it, that pain is tied to your passion."

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What advice would you give women who are pursuing their dreams but are facing challenges? My advice to those women would be to erase their once perceived notions that fulfilling your dreams is ever easy. Embrace and welcome the challenges, the opposition you face is evidence that what you are after is not readily obtained or pursued by the masses. Dreamers don't wake up with the intentions of chasing after that 9 to 5... we are the few who stand alone in this journey. But while you are on it, know your "WHY". Why are doing what you are doing, why is it worth the sacrifice, the tears, the challenges and opposition?" Write that down clear as day, be your own biggest fan, and go after it!

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Anything else you would like to tell our readers? Don't let anyone tell you "you can't do it all!". I believe God created human beings with the ability of becoming and creating everything in His image, and through God's strength and grace we as women can do it ALL. We can be mothers, CEOs, artists, friends, and entrepreneurs all at the same time. We are multi-faceted human beings, we have depth, and are capable of growing and doing as much as we pursue and channel within ourselves. Don't allow your surroundings or conditions dictate where you are going or who you are. Your identity isn't based on what you went through or what you will go through in this lifetime; but how you give meaning to it!

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