|Farmington's top model
The Farmington Independent
When people think of models, they tend to think of beautiful women who live in far off places like New York City or Los Angeles. Women who wake up solely to look good for a camera.
That's not Marisa Rotter, however. This down-to-earth, part-time model has lived right here in Farmington for the past four years.
"My dad has one of the magazines with my ad in his truck, and he likes to show it to people," Rotter said. "And they all ask 'Wow! Does she live in New York or something?' and he'll laugh and say, 'No, she's a farm girl from Farmington.' Then everyone asks, 'Farmington? Really?'''
Since last December, Rotter, at 27 years old, has been paid to do what very few, if any, people in Farmington have done: be a model. She works full-time as a graphic artist for Marvin Windows and Doors in Eagan, but now she can finally add modeling to her resume, which for her has been a lifelong dream.
"I've been married for four years now, and I wanted to get into this before my husband and I started a family," she said. "I thought I'd like to do it now. I didn't want to regret it when I'm 80."
Rotter is used to being in front of people. She's a former Montgomery Kolacky Queen, an honor she won in 1996. She went on to become Miss Czech-Slovak Minnesota Queen and Miss Czech-Slovak USA Queen in 1998. Nowadays, Rotter says she can be found in photo shoots through her modeling agency, Wehmann Model and Talent agency in Minneapolis.
She did her first photo shoot for Mohawk flooring. Since then, she has modeled for companies such as B.A. Mason Shoes, Best Buy, Driscoll's gym, Treasure Island, AmeriPride Services and Target. Her picture can be seen in ads in magazines like Oprah, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living and Metropolitan Home. She can also be seen in advertising pictures in the Star Tribune, at the Mpls/St. Paul International Airport and on the websites of different companies.
"I feel like I'm in a dream when I do a shoot," she said. "I get to wear all these fun clothes and there are people to do my hair and makeup. Someone is always running in and fixing something like a flipped curl in my hair or a wrinkle in the clothes." Rotter says going to photo shoots is very similar to the general perception one has of being a model. She said it's exhilarating to model different shots the photographer wants, as she has to come up with different poses for her photos.
Rotter plans to continue modeling. She certainly has support for it.
"It makes her happy," John Rotter, her husband, said. "I told her as long as she's having fun with it she should keep doing it."
According to Marisa, that won't be a problem.
"I really love doing this," she said. "It's fun!"