“I think every human is unique in their own way. In my perspective, having a role model can be like copying the other person.”
Having settled in Dubai, Margarita has set about pursuing her passion for acting and modelling. Uncompromising in her standards and a Christian, she finds joy in all circumstances, no matter how good or bad. And having a love all things snow, it’s no surprise her favourite food happens to be ice cream!
Tell us more about yourself.
I am Margarita, and I’ve been living in Dubai for about nine years. I work in real estate, but I’m passionate about modelling and acting. I am always trying to find more time and opportunities in these fields.
Where were you educated?
I grew up and went to school in Turkmenistan, while also studying violin for seven years. After I graduated high school, I moved to Dubai to study a Diploma in Management.
What were your favourite childhood memories?
The best memories revolved around winter and snow. I always loved the snowy days because they were rare in my country. So when we had enough snow to build a snowman, it was so much fun and days that I’ll never forget! I also remember the day we got our first dog, a Cocker Spaniel. I was initially terrified at the idea of taking care of it, but at the same time, I was drawn to this little dog and was so thankful my parents let us have her. She was a great addition to our family.
When did you know you wanted to become an actress/model?
As young as five years old, I started wanting to be on TV. I would watch movies and see the actresses, and I wanted to be just like them. As I grew older, I went to music school because I loved singing and music in general. In school, I’d always get the main character in the play. It truly is my passion that has stayed with me until today. My interest in modelling started when I moved to Dubai and began having opportunities in shooting TV commercials.
What came first modelling or acting?
Acting came first when I moved to Dubai. I got my first acting job for Zahra Hospital. My role was as a young mother that had just had a baby. It was incredible being in front of the cameras, and I knew then that I wanted to take acting and modelling seriously, and pursue a career.
What issues have you faced on the way to becoming a successful actress/model?
I think the biggest issue is my height. You don’t technically need to be six feet for acting, but in modelling agencies, you usually need to be. Clients looking to hire usually browse through the “Model” section first within the agency, and since I am under six feet, I am under the “Lifestyle” category. So my height can be a disadvantage, and I might not be discovered.
What do you enjoy the most?
Whether it’s for a photoshoot or TV, modelling or acting, I love being in front of the camera.
What are the misconceptions about being an actress/model?
People assume you have to do things you don’t want to do to please the client or agency to reach your goals and grow your career. I’ve stuck to my standards, and it has suited me well.
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
Being hired for a MAC Cosmetics campaign. It was such an amazing experience working for such a large, well-known brand.
Who are your role models, and why?
I don’t have a specific role model. I think every human is unique in their own way. In my perspective, having a role model can be like copying the other person, and I prefer figuring out my style and brand based on things I enjoy. Two versatile actresses I look up to for their ability to play many different roles are Anne Hathaway and Margot Robbie.
What values are most important to you?
When it comes to acting/modelling, I highly value sticking to my standards and not lowering them to book a job. Also, the values I hold in my personal life are my spiritual beliefs as a Christian. Being a Christian is the core of my standards.
How would you describe your style?
For clothing, I enjoy choosing pieces that include soft colours but with an edge. I like to think outside the box and select statement pieces that most people might look over in the store. Plus, I enjoy styling, it’s a creative outlet for me.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope in the next five years to do modelling/acting full time. I’d love to land a leading role in a TV series or movie.
Three things that make you happy?
I love being chosen for an acting part that I worked hard for; when friends do thoughtful things for me, like bringing me coffee, and I love any time I am around animals.
Do you have any tricks or routines to staying happy and healthy?
It’s not a trick, but my belief in God has given me the ability to find joy in all circumstances, no matter the situation, good or bad. I also make sure I fuel my body well by eating the right foods and lots of water. It sounds simple because it is!
I adore Chanel and Tiffany as they are classics, but you’ll probably find me in Zara most times.
I love ice cream! It is always my forever love.
Depending on my mood, I like many types of music. If I am feeling joyful, I want to listen to Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, or Justin Bieber. To read or relax, I’ll listen to a violin or piano classical music. If I need to feel peaceful, I will listen to Christian worship music.
All-time favourite movie, and why?
I can’t choose just one – there are so many good ones! I loved Notebook, About Time, The Vow, Theory of Everything, Catch Me If You Can, The Impossible and The Imitation Game. I am drawn to romantic movies and movies based on true stories/events.
Your motto in life?
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:7.
Do you have a secret talent?
Not many people know I play the violin.
What did you learn about the industry to share with aspiring actors/models?
You need to have lots of patience, whether that is in growing your career, or simply being on a shoot. Anything worth having and keeping takes a lot of time and effort.
Your message for us at CiiN magazine:
Thank you Jameel for reaching out to do this interview. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my story and learn more about this awesome magazine!