The Passion of Maria

In celebration of Earth Day today April 22, we have a special interview with top 80’s model Maria Snyder and her upcoming project. (picture courtesy of Maria Snyder)

American model Maria Snyder made her mark in the 80’s as one of Yves Saint Laurent’s favorite faces. Her exotic yet elegant look led to work with legendary designers, notably Karl Lagerfeld, Gianni Versace and Valentino and with top photographers Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel and David LaChapelle. Following up her prestigious modeling career, Maria became a designer, artist, jewelry designer and one of fashion’s first eco pioneers. This Saturday, in celebration of Earth Week, she is launching her new project, Maria Snyder’s Eco Boys & Girls; 5 characters created by Maria that will premiere in a short film. Pictured in the invite, Ernie Earth and Lulu Love are 2 of the lovable characters in the film designed to empower our young ones about taking ownership of the planet. Joining Maria is Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Gabby Karan (Donna’s daughter), and supermodels Frederique Van der Wahl and Alek Wek. (Taking place at the wonderful Liberty Science Center, there will be private ferries leaving Manhattan for the location, for more info, click here.) What is Earth Week for those who don’t know what it is?
Maria Snyder: Earth Week is a celebration of Planet Earth. A time to rejoice, reflect and celebrate how to better enjoy and improve life on Planet Earth for all.

mdc: Why do you think it’s important for people in the fashion industry to be involved in taking care of our earth?
MS: We as an industry can, collectively, make a difference. By joining forces and becoming conscious of our choices, we can make changes that can contribute to the health of the planet.

mdc: Many of the models are teenagers. What are some ways that they can start now to become members of society that contribute to the health of our earth?
MS: Simple things in everyday life. Reduce waste of all kinds. Shut off lights when not using. Use less water when running those utilities. Recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans and newspapers. Be more conscious in your everyday choices.

mdc: Who are some of your fellow fashion people that you respect in terms of them making positive contributions to our earth/environment?
MS: Kenneth Cole, Rogan Gregory and Scott Hahn for Loomstate, Ali Hewson and Bono for Edun