Rising Star: Lexi Mars
Tell Modeliste readers a bit about yourself.
My name is Lexi Mars. I was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago, IL. I have a little dog named Boomer and a bunny named Scooter. My favorite food is toast with butter.
What inspired your career as an influencer?
I always knew I didn’t want a corporate job – I wanted to do creative work that inspired others. Taking pretty pictures and posting them online started as a hobby that I loved (and quickly became obsessed with) and the money came later. I never cared about making money from it though. To be honest, I didn’t even know it was a possibility until I was at around 40k followers. @sjanaelise was a huge inspiration for me in the beginning. She played a huge role in the type of content and messages I wanted to put out into the world, and the type of person I wanted to become!
What is your favorite part of living in Chicago?
Being close to my big Italian family! Seeing the seasons change is also amazing 🙂 I love how beautiful autumn is here! The people are so great too – I’ve lived in a lot of places and I must say that as a whole, there’s nothing like midwest people.
If you were to live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?
That’s easy, on an island. This will probably sound so cheesy,, but I can honestly say that I’ve never felt happier and more at peace than I do when I’m in the water all day long, with no makeup on and just letting my hair be a frizz ball in the humidity. There’s something about it that feels so freeing to me and it truly feels like it’s where I’m meant to be.
You have an amazing YouTube channel with a growing number of nearly 13,000 followers – where do you draw your creativity for your channel?
Thank you!! Emma Chamberlain was a huge inspiration early on. She made me more at ease with not always looking perfect or feeling like I can only show the most aesthetic parts of my life. I always wanted to have the same type of raw and real vibe in my vlogs that she has. For my clothing hauls, I draw a lot of inspiration from Allegra Shaw. My family is also a huge inspiration for my channel. I’m always thinking of new ways to incorporate them into my videos, whether it’s rating my outfits, giving me makeovers or just roasting me in general haha they’re super critical of me but I always try to take it and make it into something entertaining and comedic 🙂
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Before my instagram took off, I accidentally won a scholarship for a stand up comedy program – so for 2 years I was performing every night around Los Angeles, writing bits every day, I even had a manager and everything! I’ve performed at places like the Main Room at the Comedy Store (a venue most comedians only dream of performing at) at the time, I had no idea that it was such a big deal. LOL if I only knew how much of an honor that was, I’d probably pee myself I’d be so nervous. To this day I still cannot believe any of this happened….but yeah, I had a brief career as a stand up comedian! lol
How do you decide what images you post to your social media, can you share your creative process with us?
Oh gosh…so much time and effort goes into this! Before I shoot, I’ll spend as much time as I need to plan out everything (outfit, location, ect..) so that I can create the best images possible. I look to Pinterest a lot of the time for inspiration and I’ll make a mood board to show to whoever is helping me take the photos (usually my boyfriend). Right now I’m super inspired by the 70s, 90s, school girl style and dreamy cottage core vibes.
Any New Year’s Resolutions?
Definitely to become a better decision maker. Also, more life balance. I tend to overwork myself. I’m a bit of a workaholic, so I really want to make more of an effort to put the phone down and spend quality time with friends and family regularly.
What can our readers expect to see from you in 2021?
Right now is such a weird time and everything is up in the air, so it’s hard to say. But I’m currently in the works of planning an exciting trip that I’ll be hosting for my followers for summer 2021! I can’t say much else about it yet, so you’ll just have to wait and see 🙂 But other than travel, I plan on incorporating workouts + health a lot more into my Youtube & TikTok content. I dabbled with it a bit during quarantine this year and the response was really positive so I’m going to make sure I share it a lot more in 2021.
Top 3 New Year’s Bucket List?
1. Learn how to surf! I’d love to spend a month or 2 on an island and just work at it everyday! Maybe I’ll rent a place in Hawaii, who knows 🙂
2. Attend Paris Fashion week – that might not be very realistic right now though!
3. Collaborate with one of my favorite brands on a clothing collection! Always wanted to do this.