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Margaux Snell (’08) participates as contestant on The Face; establishes herself in modeling world

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Right behind princess and movie star, Margaux Snell (‘08) has the career that almost every girl has wanted at least one point in her life– professional model.

Snell, or Margaux Brooke as she is known in the industry, has been a signed model for eight years, having launched her career when she was nine-years-old after her mother heard an advertisement on the radio for child models. Snell’s career advanced quickly, landing jobs for brands such as Macy’s and Neiman Marcus.

During her time at BOHS, Snell’s modeling was never so serious that it conflicted with her academic obligations or her social life. She kept her jobs to catalogue spreads and minor ads. For a short period, she even modeled prom dresses for a fashion website.

However, Snell’s career has skyrocketed since. At the age of 17, Snell signed with Elite Modeling Management in Los Angeles, where she shot editorials, look books which are collection of photographs intended to show off a certain clothing line or designer. She also walked runways for local L.A. designers. In the summer of 2009, she signed with Major Model Agency in Paris, where she spent five weeks navigating couture fashion week building her portfolio.

Her career also picked up when she did campaigns for Tide, Splendid, and Volkswagon, and commercials for Forever 21 and Hyundai. Snell also appeared in issues of Women’s Health magazine, and on the cover of an issue of Vegas Rated magazine.

Now, Snell is signed with Wilhemina Models, one of the top modeling agencies in the world that boasts a clientele that includes Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and Kendall Jenner.

nell’s latest project was participating as a contestant on Oxygen’s The Face, a modeling reality show in search of the next face of up and coming beauty brand, Ulta Beauty.

Out of thousands of applicants, twelve girls are put through modeling-related challenges and a team photo shoot every week, and the girl with the weakest photo and or lowest challenge score is eliminated. The girls are split into three teams of four, with each team coached by a supermodel mentor: Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, and Coco Rocha, Snell’s mentor and modeling idol.

It was the very first challenge that attracted Snell to the judges. Completely bare faced, the contestants had one shot to take a photo, using any pose they preferred. Snell did one of the most unique poses of the group, choosing to throw her head back and strike the “tongue-out” pose. The pose was well recieved by all three judges, the unconventionality a refreshing and noticeable change in the line-up.

“I was practicing my ‘pretty poses’ in the mirror, and I looked around and all of the other girls were doing the same exact thing. I knew I wanted to stand out so I decided to mix it up,” Snell said. “The ‘tongue-out pose’ is one Coco has done before, and one of my personal favorites for my shoots, so it was kind of an homage to her, and I knew if I pulled it off she would appreciate it and that I would stand out to her.”

The risk paid off, as it was Rocha who fought to have Snell during the team-picking portion of the show, challenging Campbell who was inclined to have Snell as well. However, according to Snell, she knew from the time she applied to be on The Face that the opportunity to work closely with Rocha was “not something [she] could pass up.”

While Snell was a strong contender from the start of the show, Team Coco consistently failed to keep girls. Ultimately, Snell was left to fend for herself as the only member of Team Coco to make it to the Final Four.

After the final challenge, which was to walk the runway in a Zac Posen gown, the winner was crowned. Snell, despite her “believing that [she] had it in the bag,” was not named the winner, with the title of “the face” going instead to a member of Team Karolina, Devyn Abdullah.

“I was disappointed at first, of course,” Snell said in a post-show interview. “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.”

fter the show, Snell made the decision to take her career to the next level, and move to New York full time, leaving behind her pursuit of getting a degree in journalism, another of Snell’s passions, until her modeling career quiets down a bit.

Though she has had to put her journalism career on hold, Snell has been able to still implement her knowledge of journalism into her modeling career by constantly updating her social media– including her personal Tumblr blog, Twitter, Facebook, Whosay.com account– and making a name for herself.  Making a name for herself through the use of social networking sites has been almost as big of a time commitment to Snell as her regular modeling.

She gained these skills after she and her journalism professor from Fullerton College, Jay Seidel, attended a few social media journalism conferences and Twitter competition where “she soaked up as much information as possible,” according to Seidel.

Seidel and Snell often discuss on how Snell should proceed to effectively use all her media outlets to their full capability.

“The instruction she received at Fullerton trained her to approach things rationally and have an inclination to verify things to find the facts,” Seidel said. “I’d also push her to learn more and do more, but she is already a force to be reckoned with in social media.”

Snell has also stayed in contact with Rocha, even meeting up with her mentor to attend New York Fashion Week together.

“I know that, of the Final 3, Margaux is the girl who will have the best career,” Rocha said in a post-show interview. “The world was watching, clients were watching, designers were watching, and this is the girl who they will trust to be the face of their companies.”

Since her finish on The Face, Snell has booked more gigs and shoots than ever, including a commercial for Virgin Mobile phone company, which, according to Snell, “ironically” played during the finale of The Face.

Other recent projects have included a campaign for designer Prabal Gurung, an appearance on Pix 11 News with Rocha, a shoot for designer Zac Posen’s Fall ‘13 line for Moda Operanda, and a photo spread for ZINK magazine.

Snell has recently returned from her month-long stint in New York, and is currently working on booking more commercials and national campaigns.

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