There are models, and then there is Taryn Maria. With a long, extensive background in modeling, Taryn Maria has done a lot early on in her career. Taryn is the first Canadian in history to win the coveted title of Playboy Miss Social March 2013. She has been also featured on the THESMOKINGJACKET.COM for PBMS (Playboy Miss Social), and has also been in several calendar shoots, and online magazines. Taryn took time to share with me her views on modeling, goals, and advice.
Justin Marroquin: How does it feel to be the first Canadian winner of Playboy Miss Social?
AMAZING. Words can not express how happy I am to be the FIRST Canadian Winner of Playboy Miss Social.
I made finals 12x, I was runner-up Miss July & Miss September 2012, before I finally won the honor of Miss March.
We come from a beautiful country, and it should be shared with the world. I can only hope to be a role model to other
Canadian woman of all ages. Believe in your country, and everything else will follow. I am PROUD to be Canadian.
JM: How did you get into modeling?
TM:I started with photography, shooting my model friends here & there. Then a fellow photographer asked me to
model for him. I’m a total jock, so when he asked me; I looked at him like he was crazy ha-ha, but I took a chance
and fell in love. it’s been eight years now and I am still going strong.
JM: What is the hardest part about being a model?
TM: Remembering to be your biggest fan. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will. It’s a tough industry; you need a thick skin for the constant criticism. You just have to keep your chin up, and move forward. As long as it makes you happy, nothing else matters.
JM: How do you get through a tough day?
TM: Two ways. I’ll come home from a tough day, and go play some PS3, or I’ll play with my beautiful golden retriever, Mariah.
JM: What does Playboy mean to you?
TM: Everything. Beauty is everywhere—on the campus, in the office, living next door; nice girls like sex too—it’s a natural part of life. Don’t be ashamed of it. I’ve never thought of Playboyas a sex magazine. I always thought of it as a lifestyle magazine, in which sex was one important ingredient. I dreamed impossible dreams, and the dreams turned out beyond anything I could possibly imagine. You know, from my point of view, I’m the luckiest cat on the planet to be Playboy’s Miss Social March 2013.
JM: Describe your dream photo shoot?
TM: I would love to shoot at the Playboy Mansion. Hair, makeup, wardrobe all taken care of. It would be an honor to shoot in front of Hugh Hefner, or Cooper Hefner; I’m very jealous of PBMSOY13 Ashley Salazar, not only did she get to shoot her title shoot at the mansion, but she got in the grotto in front of Cooper (Hef’s son) that to me, would be the icing on the cake for the rest of my life! I can only hope for the best in PBMSOY14 this February.
JM: What is one piece of advice that has helped you in your life?
TM: Carpe Diem—Seize the day; take every opportunity you can because life changes, and changes fast, so live life with no regrets.