Italian Model Mjriam Bon Talks About The Real Pressure To Stay Thin In The Modeling World, True Beauty, and New Beginnings

Photographed by Ralph Geiling

Mjriam Bon was born in Venice, Italy. She is a top plus model in Italy and travels throughout both Italy and Europe for her job. She did the first Elena Mirò show in Milano and models for catalogs and catwalks for Ferrè, Marina Rinaldi, Krizia, Mariella Burani, BTF, and all the biggest fashion designers in Italy and Europe.  

Photographed by Desdemona Varon

How do you define beauty? 

Beauty begins from within; it shines from our soul. For me, beauty is also self-awareness and it is accepting my faults.

How do you stay healthy?

I live a healthy lifestyle; I take care of myself. I eat seasonal, organic, healthy food and I drink lots of water every day. I eat when I’m hungry, and I follow my body’s needs and desires. I usually go to the gym to work out. I have only one vice… chocolate! I love it and I eat it every day!

What skin care regimen do you follow?

I always take my make up off. I only use mascara, blush, and always lip balm (when I’m not modeling). I take care of my skin with good products; cream, make up remover, and toner. I also use moisturizing creams for my body.

Photographed by Sandro Brant

Please tell us about your shoot for the “I’m Not a Fashion Victim” campaign.

I’m Not A Fashion Victim is a campaign against eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and obesity. It’s a self-produced and self-financed campaign. We are six plus-size models called the Curvy Can.  Curvy Can means that you can be in the fashion business without being a size zero. We did our ‘curves’ a strength. I’m really happy with what I’ve been able to accomplish with my career.

I have made the personal decision that this year will be my last year in beauty. I want to help people who suffer from eating disorders. I have modeled for many years; I think that modeling is like a circle, which at some point needs to close. I’m young enough to start a new project and a new life — doing something different. The fashion world is beautiful, but the perception of life and reality is out of phase…I need to come down to earth.

What advice would you offer to aspiring plus-size models?

The most important thing was not skill, but for me it was to be in the right place at the right time. I know it may seem a rhetorical discourse…but it’s my truth and my personal experience.

Photographed by Andrea Favarin

Have you ever struggled with self-esteem or body image issues in the past? If so, how did you reach the point of accepting and loving your body as it is?

When I was fourteen years old, I met a model and she introduced me to the world of fashion. I was very young and skinny. I started as a “regular” model for Milano Fashion Week and Prêt a Porter. Soon, I started to feel my body change. It was very hard for me to maintain the low weight and (most of all) the measurements to stay a size zero. My agent asked me to lose weight;  if I didn’t that meant that I couldn’t work.

I started to suffer from eating disorders. I deprived myself of many things. I lived with other models and we forced each other to eat only once per day. Fortunately, I couldn’t live without food and I stopped modeling…I was 23.

I was an actress for two years and attended acting school in Rome, but that world was too difficult for me. There were too many compromises and too many people to accommodate.

My life changed for the better when I discovered the plus-size modeling world!

Photographed by Desdemona Varon

What are you excited about right now?

Right now, I’m excited to find my way… I’m doing things I didn’t have time to do before; I paint and I write. I have an apartment in Venice and I stay with my parents and friends sometimes.

I live a beautiful life and enjoy the simple things. I want to become a wife and mother someday.


10 Responses to “Italian Model Mjriam Bon Talks About The Real Pressure To Stay Thin In The Modeling World, True Beauty, and New Beginnings”

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  8. Complementi! I commend you not only for your beauty which is apprent but for your personality and courage in bringing attention to beauty in plus sizes and for all people. The media and fashionisti cannot define beauty, you can, Curvy Can, and the people can when we are all made aware of beauty in all its forms. Congratulations on a great interview, words and thoughts so beautifully expressed, and sempre avanti!

  9. Richard Says:

    Unforgetabe ,impressive & expressive model….looking at this model ur husband if available will never grow old

  10. Michelle Says:

    What a beautiful young woman who has insight to what is important in life at such a young age and the desire to help others!!! She should be proud of herself. I wish her good luck in future life ventures. Great interview and pictures!!!

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