Los Angeles-based Marti Ragan doesn’t like to pigeonhole herself. From model (at the badass Anti-Agency) to Tumblr style icon and now musician (check out her new single below), she’s covering a lot of creative bases (and looking awesome while doing it). We played 21 Questions to get to know this queen-of-all-trades a little better.
What gets you up in the morning?
I’m alive. That’s enough, I’m blessed for that. I don’t think you need a reason. Like, you woke up and you’re breathing—someone else didn’t get to do that today.
What’s your personal life philosophy?
C’est la vie.
Your biggest virtue?
Being myself and loving myself.
Your biggest vice?
Do you have a party trick?
I have a taser, no tricks.
How would you describe your style?
I get asked this so much, I really hate this question. I don’t know…it changes a lot. I like dressing based on how I feel.
What would constitute a perfect day for you?
Getting to make music all day, seeing my family, laying in the sun eating an amazing meal prepared with love. Doing something good for myself and the people I love.
Knowing what you know today, what advice would you give your younger self?
You are amazing and worth it. Stop seeking people to tell you how amazing you are. You are enough and you know this. Also, forgive yourself and the ones you love that hurt you. You will carry that on with everyone until you forgive them.
What would your very last meal entail?
Hopefully some bomb homemade southern mac and cheese and salmon or something my mom made. Anything my mom makes, I love it and be happy because it was made by someone who means the world to me.
Three people—dead or alive, real or fictional—that you’d like to invite to dinner?
Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye, Billie Holiday, Erykah Badu.
If you were a song, which one would you be?
Depends on the day and which Marti is present.
If a movie were made about you, who would play you?
Well, I suppose someone who looks similar and is a great Actress. I’d say Zoe Kravitz. I really love her. But how gnarly would it be to have Angelina in her prime or Josephine Baker? A girl can dream…
I like am really into hair—like, guys with shaggy hair. Also, great eclectic taste in music and someone who is confident in themselves.
INSECURITY!!! People who are arrogant and close-mindedness.
Your spirit animal?
Probably a cat—a black one. But honestly, it’s a hybrid of Tiffany Pollard and Franky from Skins.
Your favorite flower?
I love lilies, white ones. But I also love roses, like every woman.
Tell us a secret.
I lost my virginity while watching the movie Warriors on Thanksgiving day.
Your favorite quote?
There are a lot of quotes dear to my heart. People say some profound things, man.
What is your current state of mind?
Work. Just constantly working and creating and surviving.
An embarrassing moment?
I passed out on the bathroom floor in this bar in Manhattan on my friends 21st birthday for like, the whole night
Your proudest moment?
I had a 16 year old girl come up to me at JFK airport and ask me to sign her copy of her magazine. She said she bought it just because of the Reebok ad I was in and she was a huge fan of my Tumblr and that I was the reason she was able to understand some tough family issues in her life. That’s why I exist—nothing will ever feel better than that.