Name: Mery Nikolova
Location: Las Vegas
Facebook: Lambless Mery
Photographer: Vince Patrick
1. What inspired you to get into this industry?
I've always been drawn to both written and visual storytelling and the camera. I have my B.A. in broadcast journalism so I started out by getting comfortable in front of video and then transitioned into photos. Practically all of my friends owned a camera, but it was my boyfriend who really pushed me to try modeling. The set you're looking at is a collaboration between him and myself. From there, I started to meet a bunch of passionate strangers and I fell in love with the process of telling stories using my body and facial expressions.
2. How long have you been modeling?
I've only been seriously modeling for a little over half a year.
3. Who is your favorite model?
She's a lot of people's favorite…Kate Moss. She's my height and doesn't meet industry standards, but proves that good things can come in small packages and that beauty doesn't only have to start at 5'9" and above. There's a lot of other models I look up to, but the unconventional ones are my favorite because they have to go through extra hurdles than the models with the perfect stats.
4. Tell us something random about yourself.
I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and I came to Las Vegas when I was 8 years-old not knowing a word of English. My addiction to magazines, books and film made me learn English really quick…and maybe a few other things I shouldn't have know about at that age.
5. What are you most proud of?
I'm proud of a lot of things, but I'm mainly proud of my persistence to push for anything I want in life and I've made a lot of my dreams come true that way and have lived a fulfilling and well-traveled life so far.
6. When it's all said and done, what do you want to be remembered as?
I want to continue modeling and focus on my acting and writing as well. I hope that one day my efforts will allow me to have a big enough voice to make an impact. I don't want to be remembered as just another pretty face. I want everything I do to have meaning and purpose.