Team Coco’s Margaux put up with a lot this season (ahem, Naomi, Jocelyn and teammate Stephanie), but in the end, she’s the one who made it to the final three of The Face. Although, the title eventually went to Team Karolina’s Devyn, it sounds like Margaux’s career is anything but plateauing. (Who caught that Virgin Mobile commercial that aired during the show?!). Let’s hear her tell us what’s what in her own words.
The Face: Jocelyn used the term “plateaued” twice in describing your career – what do you have to say to that?
Margaux: I would say Jocelyn doesn’t know anything about my career. This year in particular has been a very good one for me. I booked a Virgin Mobile commercial that has actually aired quite a few times during the commercial breaks of The Face.
I’ve also signed with Wilhelmina New York, and have been staying out here for the past three weeks where I’ve already booked a Target campaign and an editorial for Dossier Journal. My career is actually better than it ever has been and these are all successes I’ve had unrelated to the show.
But even before that, in the last two years, I’ve done a variety of editorials, campaigns and commercials for names like JCPenney, Tide, Forever 21, Hyundai and Women’s Health. My work just keeps getting better and I book bigger jobs because of it. I’m a hard working professional and if booking campaigns, commercials and editorials on a regular basis means I’ve plateaued then I’m interested in what Jocelyn has to say about her own career.
The Face: What did it feel like to see your teammate Stephanie refer to you as “dead weight” in the sixth episode?
Margaux: It was a little hurtful to be honest, but I get it. I could have said the same thing about her in the first couple challenges. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses.
My strengths are posing, and giving a lot of expression in front of the still camera, and Steph’s are speaking and being more theatrical in front of the motion camera. Acting makes me nervous, but it’s not something I can’t overcome. I’ve had to speak in front of a camera many times but it takes me a little longer than it does for her.
The Face: When you were both in double elimination and you said that Stephanie was there to learn while you were there to model – looking back, how do you feel about that defense?
I still stand by what I said. Modeling isn’t a career you pick up in a few weeks. It takes time. Sure a couple of months can make a huge difference, but Stephanie still has a lot to learn and I personally felt she wasn’t ready to be the face of a major brand. Does she have the potential to be one day, and one day soon? Absolutely.
But standing next to her in the elimination room, Karolina wanted to know what set us apart in that moment, and it was my experience over her inexperience. Sure she’s an amazing spokesperson, but ULTA needs a model first and I was able to give them that. So I wouldn’t have changed my defense.
The Face: Zi Lin called you her biggest competition – how does that make you feel?
She did?! Well I’m flattered. I did not know that. Thanks Zi! That’s really cool to hear because I felt Zi Lin was my biggest competition from day one. I remember when we were going through the casting phase and I saw her runway walk for the first time- I knew she was going to make it far. I’m so glad that I’ve made it in to the top 3 with someone I feel also deserves to be there.
The Face: You seemed pretty confident that you were going to win The Face, what was your first thought when you heard Devyn’s name called out?
Margaux: I was disappointed, of course, but in a way I was relieved that the stress of not knowing was over, and extremely happy that Devyn won. As a single mom, this is an amazing opportunity for her, not to say it wouldn’t be as equally amazing for me, but she was working three jobs before she came on this show. She didn’t have the time or the opportunity to pursue her modeling career and being The Face of ULTA is her chance.
I was a working model before the show and I will continue to work after the show. Being a “super model” is not how you define success in modeling. For me it’s booking consistent work that helps pay for my degree, and that I continue to enjoy what I do. As everyone knows at this point, I’ve been modeling for 8 years and that’s because I love it. So as long as I continue to love it and do well in it, I will be just fine.
The Face: Is there anything (if at all) that you would have done differently along the way?
No, because I was myself. Throughout the show I kept hearing I have “no personality” but it’s completely untrue and any client that works with me will tell you that. I’m a shy person but if you spend more than 10 minutes with me I will open up and be my ridiculous self. Am I disappointed the viewers felt they didn’t get a chance to see that side of me? Sure. But at the end of the day, the people I meet working everyday will, and that’s what truly matters for my career.
The Face: What will you miss the most about being on The Face?
Well aside from the girls and Coco. I will miss the photo booth because that thing was our safe haven during down time. Marlee and I would get SO ridiculous with our hair and makeup and just go nuts taking tons of photos in that thing. It was always entertaining and now I feel like I have to have a photo booth in my future home.
The Face: What will you miss least?
The loft. As much fun as it was to live there, it was hard being closed off from the world. It was very exciting to step outside and see NYC once the show was over, with my cell phone in one hand and laptop in the other. I missed my technology a lot. Haha!
The Face: Team Coco seems pretty tight, how often do you see Coco and the rest of the girls?
All the time! I’ve seen Coco every week while I’ve been out here in New York and before that I saw her every time she was out in L.A. I’ve hung out with Madeleine (honorary Team Coco member) a few times here in New York and I am planning on seeing her, Marlee and Stephanie when I’m back to LA. Maybe even Brittany is she is still in LA when I get back. But Team Coco is very tight. I hope we will remain that way for years to come.
The Face: How do you think making it to the final three has affected or will affect your career?
It’s hard to say. I hope that making it to the final three shows the industry people watching that I am hard working, professional and know what I’m doing when it comes to modeling. I also hope they can look past the whole “no personality” thing and really give me a chance to prove to them one on one that I’m actually a very fun, outgoing, person. But either way I know I will be successful as long as I enjoy my career. I’m not expecting become a super model like any of the coaches (maybe it will happen), but I know I will do big things!
The Face: What are you working on now?
I’ve just gone back to the grind, only now I’ve taken a year off from school and am currently modeling bi coastal between L.A. and New York. I’ve just signed with Wilhelmina New York, I’ve been with them in L.A. for a while, but this is my first time working in New York since I started modeling. I really love it.
Who knows maybe I’ll even move here permanently. But this year I’m really just focusing on getting the most out of my career. I think I’ll do some travelling, go work in Asia for a few months. We’ll see, I’m excited for the journey.
Keep up with Margaux at @margauxbrooke