Meet Marilyn Rondon, the latest to be featured in our ongoing Meet the Muse series. Born in Venezuela and raised in Miami, Marilyn is a multidisciplinary artist that happens to produce New York HQ’s favorite print size — Dat Ass. When she’s not taking raw candids of butts, she’s illustrating children books. Seriously. She just released her first, cleverly dubbed Why Does Mommy Have Tattoos?

We asked Marilyn a handful of questions in order to get to know her a little more. See what she had to say below and check out our previous installment with Australia’s Sydney Lima.

Describe your current style.

Comfort first. I’m a sweatpants and tank top type of girl, or I’ll wear leggings and a T-shirt. I don’t like to bring attention to myself with my clothing because my tattoos already do that. I dress pretty plain.

What is the thing that gets you out of bed each morning?

Responsibilities and projects that I’m currently working on.

Tell us about your day to day.

Wake up, walk the dog, make a well-balanced breakfast, take a shower, answer emails and depending on which city I’m in, choose a workout time for the day, and work whatever else it is I have to do around that.

If you weren’t doing what you are now, where would you work?

This is a pretty difficult question to answer because I’m constantly changing. If I weren’t creating art, I’d like to be studying nutrition or psychology.

If you weren’t in your current city, where would you live? (also why?)

I’d like to live in South America, slowly travel the entire continent and live in different cities. Being bilingual would facilitate it. There’s so much world out there, I wouldn’t want to be tied down to once place. I’d be happy living in a van and exploring.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Recently I was on a shoot with a model named Stephanie Rao and she pointed something out about me that no one else ever has. She noticed when I walk I look down to the ground, and she said to me “don’t look down, there’s nothing down there for you, you’re above that, always look forward or always look up, never down, you’ll miss everything by doing that,” and I thought to myself this woman is absolutely right.

How do you relax?

Draw a nice warm bath, Epsom salts, light some candles, read a book in the bath ’til I turn into a raisin and take it to bed, pass out reading.

What in life are you most grateful for?

My work and for everyone that’s supportive of it. I am also incredibly thankful for my health.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

The ability to never get tired or feel weak.

What is the quality you value most in friendship?

I value honesty and loyalty. Those two things are two very strong foundations in friendships. I don’t want to have people around that want to kiss my ass. I want my friends to tell me the truth always.

What is the greatest accomplishment of your life so far?

Publishing my first children’s book has to be one of my greatest accomplishments.

What is something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time, but haven’t yet?

As crazy as this is going to sound, get my drivers license. I still don’t know how to drive.

What album do you currently have on repeat?

Lil Yachty – Lil Boat.

Where do you want to be in the next five years?

Traveling the world, publishing more books, helping domestic abuse victims.

  • Photography: Thomas Welch
  • Styling: Mellany Sanchez
  • Hair/Make Up: Carson Stern
  • Brands Featured: Nike, Richardson, Stylist's own vintage
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