Before starting her full-time modelling business, American-St Lucian model Marie Claire Frederick engaged in a number of exciting corporate professional careers. Ultimately, her entrepreneurial spirit prevailed – and Luciagel is happy to feature her as a self-made businesswoman.
Born in the US, she spent her childhood in New Village, Castries. She attended the Anglican School and spent her summers in Dennery.
Marie Claire’s list of careers is a long one.
Her original background is in PR and Journalism. She wrote press releases on behalf of Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, for recipients of the Points of Light award. She further worked as paralegal, dealing with foreclosures and workers’ compensation, and can still act as notary public! She also worked on immigration cases and is a keen sportswoman, including being a former gymnast.
She recognises moving from the corporate world to her own modelling business entailed tradeoffs, such as being prepared to accept lower pay in the short run. But since she describes fashion as her passion, the choice was obvious. Now she manages her own career and markets herself via social media and other channels.
Her modelling talent clearly made her choice easier. She prides herself with looking great in various outfits, from bridal to sportswear. Her work speaks for itself.
Cosmopolitan as her career may be, she is still proudly Saint Lucian and Caribbean: ‘My image was used in Unitransfer’s Haiti calendar. It holds special meaning as it couples my image with Creole language. One of my goals as a model is to work with companies that support my Caribbean cultural heritage, and the Unitransfer calendar image showcased that completely.’
She is always happy to visit Saint Lucia and is keen on working on improving her patois. She misses the connection with nature she feels when on the island, and hopes to return one day for to pursue business opportunities in St Lucia. Luciagel is happy to be able to make a tiny contribution to her endeavours.
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