I've had the pleasure of shooting with Maria twice. Once was at an abandoned zoo in Los Angeles, and then she booked me for a fun shoot at a botanical garden. Both shoots had their own vibes, but she is always amazing to work with! We actually met because I shot one of her friends, and she reached out asking to shoot. I hope you enjoy the shots we took, as well as the interview!
OTC: What is your name?
MF: Maria Vasconcelos Feist, but my friends call me Mary or Mia
OTC: How old are you?
MF: A lady never tells
OTC: How tall are you?
OTC: How did you get into modeling?
MF: I'm surrounded by very creative people on a daily basis. Some started getting into photography and that sparked my curiosity, however, it wasn't until I was signed that I started doing it more consistently
OTC: What would you change about your personality & look?
MF: why change perfection? (just kidding)
OTC: Where are you from originally?
MF: I was born and raised in Cascais, a small beach town in Portugal.
OTC: Where, that you’ve visited, is your favorite country?
MF: Sydney Australia or Dubai for sure.
OTC: Where would you love to visit, and what would you do there?
MF: Next on my bucket list is Iceland to see the Northern lights
OTC: What is the one place in the world you wish you lived in?
MF: I'm too impatient to stay in one place for too long, I love traveling to new places and take in new cultures
OTC: What is the one thing you want to experience before you die?
MF: Falling in love (who said that?)
OTC: Describe your dream vacation
MF: Closest friends on a tropical destination with places for adventure and exploring
OTC: What makes you feel sexy?
MF: I find confidence and humor very sexy, not sure if that answers the question
OTC: Which makeup product couldn’t you live without?
MF: I'm a beach girl so I don't really wear make up when I'm not on set
OTC: If you were stuck on an island, which 5 items would you NEED to have with you?
MF: Assuming it's a tropical island: Sunscreen, a satellite phone to call for help, a lighter, a hammock and a boat (to get off the island??)
OTC: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done on a shoot?
MF: Sneaked into a private rooftop bar during "Golden hour" by pretending to know the host
OTC: What is the scariest experience you’ve ever had?
MF: Being told I might not be able to walk again after a sports injury
OTC: What did you dream about last night?
MF: That I was on a broadway show and didn't know the lines or songs
OTC: Would you travel to another galaxy? And for what reason?
MF: Yes I'm always down for an adventure
OTC: Who is your celebrity crush?
MF: Tom Hiddleston
OTC: What’s your favorite song at the moment?
MF: Anything Vanessa Mae or Lindsey Sterling
OTC: What kind of music do you mostly listen to?
OTC: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
MF: Hit the snooze button
OTC: What is something you have tried, but will never do again?
MF: Pretend to be someone else to fit in
OTC: What quirky habit do you have?
MF: I trip and fall a lot does that count?
OTC: What’s your favorite season?
OTC: What kinds of things really make you laugh?
MF: My friends and family, behind the scenes pranks and quick witty banter
OTC: What would you do on your last day on earth?
MF: Whatever I'm most afraid of at that time
OTC: What is the one thing you did in your past you wish you could undo?
MF: No regrets just lessons learned
OTC: What is your biggest fear?
OTC: What is your most prized possession?
MF: My family necklace, i have not taken it off in over a decade
OTC: What is the happiest memory from your childhood?
MF: My first gold medal, my entire family was there with me
OTC: What is the most embarrassing moment of your life?
MF: I'm a clumsy person so you can draw your own conclusions on that one
OTC: Who has influenced you the most in your life?
MF: My parents
OTC: What is something you used to do as a child that you wish you could still do?
MF: Get away with things because I'm cute
OTC: What is the one movie that influenced your life the most?
MF: Good will hunting
OTC: How would you describe your version of a perfect home?
MF: Where my loved ones are
OTC: Describe your diet and workout routine
MF: Trust me you don't want to know
OTC: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
MF: Night owl mostly, but can be both
OTC: Which question do you hate answering?
MF: If you're an actor, does that mean you're a good liar?
OTC: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
MF: Cliché as it sounds, wherever life takes me
OTC: Professionally, what’s your goal?
MF: Live entirely off my chosen career and travel the world for it
OTC: What is your ultimate goal in life?
MF: To be happy at the end of the day no matter what
OTC: What’s your current passion in life?
MF: Anything creative that I can learn and grow from
OTC: What advice would you give your younger self?
MF: It's hard because it's worth it so trust your inner voice
OTC: What is something you will never forget?
MF: Where I come from and where I want to go
OTC: What’s your go-to Snapchat filter?
MF: I dont have a snap chat account
OTC: What do you do when you’re Off The Clock?
MF: Meet someone or take a nap
OTC: What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
MF: Beach day/Pool barbecue with the gang
OTC: Would you rather model swimsuits or lingerie?
OTC: What should I know about you that I’d never think to ask you?
MF: All languages I currently speak were learnt through dubbed TV shows when I was a kid
OTC: Do you have any tattoos? If so, tell me the stories behind them
MF: Yes I have two, one is a family symbol my brothers and I share, the other is the arts symbol I got when I did my 10th stage production.
OTC: What’s your zodiac sign?
OTC: Do you believe in astrology?
MF: I'm curious about it but believe might be a strong word
OTC: Cats or dogs? Why?
MF: Dogs, always had them
OTC: What is your favorite animal?
OTC: If you had to wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would you wear?
MF: My Pjs
OTC: What do you wear on girl’s night out?
MF: Probably something borrowed since all our wardrobes are in each other's houses
OTC: Smoker or a drinker?
OTC: Tell me about your craziest night out
MF: Started in Portugal and ended in Spain, neither of us were drunk, just felt like going on a spontaneous adventure, does that count?
OTC: Are you single?
OTC: Have you ever used a dating app? Which ones?
OTC: Describe your dream man
MF: Someone who challenges me, brings out my better self and allows me to do the same for him. Someone who is my best friend first and foremost
OTC: What is the worst thing about dating?
MF: The early awkward stages
OTC: Where can people find you? (your socials)
Instagram: @mariafeist - Maria Vasconcelos Feist