Marina Merchant-Dest, 21
Q: How would you describe what you do?
A: I'm a portrait photographer, fashion designer and model who started a brand called The Finiti to empower women in remembering that feeling good comes from within.
Q: If I asked, "what are you up to?" on any given day, how would you answer?
A: Haha You'll probably can find me scrolling through pinterest, having a picnic or planning my next one way trip, or driving barefoot to the park
Q: What is the 'original intention' for your brand?
A: To provide high quality clothing that actually lives up to your expectations. FYI, I have really high standards haha. You should read the backstory! Now its evolved into a purpose of inspiring goddeses to step into their full power and potential.
Q: Tell us about your family!
A: I have two sisters of which I am the middle child of ( I know. I fulfill the stereotype of breaking the mold). I have my mom and my dad who are separated. My extended family are living in their native countries, the Caribbean and the Czech Republic. Then we have our cute doggy Nessa!
Q: What do you get excited about?
A: hmmm.. definitely sitting outside on the balcony feeling the sun on my face, going to the grocery store, long handwritten letters, going on roadtrips with my friendo’s and window seats on the plane haha
Q: Is there anything you "avoid"
A: Absolutely hahaha! Somethings I avoid are refined sugar and processed foods haha. I will probably run for the bushes...
Q: Do you have a favorite book?
A: Mhm, totally! One of them is The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer. It really reminds you of how things always happen for a reason and that we do not need to judge situations that happen in our lives.
Q: How would your closest friends describe you?
A: I'd say.. (pause). Ambitious, wise, adventurous, compassionate, brave and maybe even annoying at times haha
Q: At the core of everything you do, what are you truly passionate about?
A: I am really passionate about supporting people in experiencing and embodying the best version of themselves. I like to create tools, content, ideas and art that allows people to embody that :)
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