There is something about supermodels. Monika Schnarre enters Hotel X Toronto with so much confidence and elegance that I can immediately tell she is an original member of the supermodel era. But, unlike others, she is perhaps the most accomplished, having worked as an actress, journalist and business entrepreneur as well.
Schnarre has a cool and calm demeanour. She is humble and friendly. Chatting with her, you would never guess that this down-to-earth woman has been on countless Vogue covers.
At 14, Schnarre was the youngest ever to win the prestigious Ford modeling agency’s Supermodel of the World competition. By 15, she was the youngest to have ever appeared on the cover of American Vogueand on the pages of Sports Illustrated‘s renowned swimsuit issue. At 18, the prodigy moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and has since appeared in over 50 films and television shows. After studying journalism at UCLA, Schnarre worked as a television correspondent on eTalk, Cityline and the Red Carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival. Over the years, she also launched a beauty line and a clothing brand. Recently, she took a slight hiatus from her very busy and successful career to be a full-time Mom. Now that her son is a bit older, Schnarre is ready for further expansion and opportunities, and she caught up with us during this very exciting point in her career.
HANNAH YAKOBI: Can you tell us a bit more about your current projects?
MONIKA SCHNARRE: I had several years of hiatus because I was a stay-at-home Mom, but I’m back at it. My son Bode is 6 and, now that he is in school, I’m able to concentrate on my career again. I was lucky enough to be at home with him for his most formative years. I think managing schedules was the hardest part about it, but strangely enough I’ve become more efficient, because there was just so much to do.
There is a saying, “If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.” You know, I’d get up at 5 a.m. and have my taxes done, clean the house and focus on home renovation. And by the time my son woke up, I’d have done half of the things I needed to do!