Photography by: Jay Salbert
Occupation: Jewelry Designer, MARRIN COSTELLO
Hi Marrin! Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I truly believe that I am the luckiest girl (woman) in the entire world. I could not be more in love with my family, friends, and my hobby-and-passion-turned-job as a jewelry designer. Just the same, I am a sucker for good food, great cocktails, traveling, barre class, hot yoga, anything sparkly, laughing, checking things off of the ever growing to-do list, meeting and connecting with new people, and making others smile.
If you were talking on the phone to someone you had never met how would you describe your appearance?
This is a combination of how others have described my physical appearance, of which I completely agree: very fair skin, freckles, voluptuous hair, curvy (emphasis on the backside), average height.
Have you ever struggled with a lack of confidence or insecurities?
Of course. I imagine that most every woman has. A huge struggle for me occurred in elementary school, in particular when I was part of a traveling dance company and ballet academy. During my developmental years, I was inadvertently placed in front of a lot of mirrors because of these extracurricular activities and as a result, I became extremely critical of my physical appearance. This ultimately led to a temporary eating disorder and, thus, a huge lacking of self confidence. I have since become more forgiving in critiquing my physical appearance, I have definitely learned to celebrate the body I have been given and call attention to my favorite physical attributes with a more mature and figure-flattering wardrobe.
When do you feel most beautiful?
Always after I exercise (usually barre class and hot yoga yield the most endorphins), as well as when I crush a to-do list or make strides with my business.
What are your “Not Enough” feelings?
I used to use these words on a daily basis, particularly when analyzing my physical appearance. Now I am learning to celebrate being enough, as well as being mindful of my self-critiques. While we are all our own worst critics, my personal evaluations are now thankfully more work-centric as opposed to related to my physical appearance.
If you were given the option to change your appearance would you? If yes, what would you change?
While I am happy with my appearance, I know that there is always room for improvement. If there was one thing that I would want to change about my appearance, which couldn’t be improved with a little exercise and more mindful eating habits, it would probably be to have a larger chest. But that being said, I am in no rush to be proactive in changing my physical appearance outside of living a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.
What are 5 things you love about yourself?
1. My friends.
2. My family.
3. My work ethic.
4. My passion for my jewelry company.
5. My ability to help others feel good about themselves.
I say cellulite, you think….
I think, “Hey, I have that!” But so does nearly every woman. And with the assistance of exercise, eating well, and a couple special skincare products, I am working hard to be comfortable with the amount that I have.
What is your message to other women out there?
I would encourage women to go after whatever makes them the most happy and proud of themselves. This could be a number of different things. For me, it was dedicating myself to my jewelry brand as a full time venture. And I could not be more pleased with the purpose that that decision has given to my life, as well as how it has shaped my positive outlook on the world, enhanced my passion and dedication to the brand (and ultimately myself), and encouraged my want to help other women find and/or celebrate the things that make them the most happy.
Stay Connected with Marrin
Instagram Handle: @marrincostello
Twitter Handle: @marrincostello