We had the opportunity to sit down with Mariarita Cupersito, our DarkestGoth Spokesmodel from Italy, and chat about her life, her dreams, and her passions! With that said, here is our interview with her!
First off, tell us a bit about where you grew up and any fun stories from that time of your life?
I was born in a small town near Salerno, in the south of Italy, and I still live here with my family.
Since when I was a child, I always loved the dark and gothic world and I often said that one day I’d work in a funeral [parlor]… and still now I think it could be not a bad idea!
I understand you’re a lawyer, which I think is awesome. Why did you decide to get into the law profession?
My strong interest in human rights and their protection was one of the major reasons why I chose to study law, but I never left my writing work, neither during my university years or my trainee period.
What made you interested in Gothic modeling and writing?
I love the Gothic literature and I started to write novels when I was 16, as a consequence of my eternal love for reading. A few years ago I sent my dark stories to various Italian editors ( DelosBooks, GDS Editions, Montag Editions, Caravaggio Editions…) with good results, so I decided to continue. But I have decided to explore each form of art which can help me recreate the gothic literature atmosphere in my everyday life: so I started with dark photos about three years ago; I shared some of them in the web, then I’ve also found other photographers for collaborations and many artists who painted me.
I often choose dark, gothic and retro-alternative styles for my photos, but it depends on the mood and on what I want to realize with each particular image.
I love posing, without any doubt, for the chance to get to know lots of artists and different styles, but I also want to prove myself and see how much my work can [improve], ’til it becomes real art!
I love the way the photographer can capture an image of beauty and expression, stopping time. I also love playing different roles.
What’s your favorite thing that you’ve written so far?
I love all my stories, and I really hope it will be the same for all of my readers!
What’s your favorite shoot that you’ve done so far?
One of my first shoots, in a very strong black and white style… one picture of this shoot has been published by the Italian Vogue website!
Do you run into any issues with your day job as a lawyer and your night job as a gothic model and writer?
This is a good question. Fortunately I’ve had no problem between these two sides of my life, maybe because they’re quite different from each other, so the people I attend for one of them, are never the same ones in the other one! And in my everyday life I don’t use gothic outfits, of course.
Outside of writing and modeling, what are your other hobbies?
Well, I love spending time with my friends, travelling, reading lots of books (you can find my virtual library on anobii at this link.); I really love Shakespeare, Baudelaire , Ann Radcliffe, Jeffrey Eugenides, Virginia Andrews, Shirley Jackson, Edgar Allan Poe and many more writers, but probably my favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas.
I also love comics such as Dylan Dog or Sin City, Japanese manga such as GodChild, Black Butler, Death Note , all Tim Burton’s movies, and last but not least, I love every kind of music but I prefer Muse, Smashing Pumpkins, Queen, Garbage, Air, Linkin Park, The Rasmus, Evanescence, Placebo, Nirvana, InSex, Subsonica and many more! I also love classical music. I collect Venetian masks and sometimes I also try extreme sports, but not very often!
Which is your absolute favorite hobby and why?
Reading and cinema, without any doubts. I would not be the girl I am if I didn’t love reading or watching every kind of movie.
You love cinema, so what’s your favorite film?
Mmm… probably The Devil’s Advocate, for many reasons: it’s about law and the devil, there is my beloved Al Pacino and… it’s simply a great movie!!!
So why is The Count of Monte Cristo your favorite book?
Because it’san incredible story of love and revenge.
Do you have a favorite video game?
While I don’t really play video games any more, I remember that I loved Tomb Rider… a strong woman is always a good thing!
Do you have a favorite song/album?
I love Desert Rose by Sting, so hypnotic!
Is there something no one knows about you that you’d like to share with our readers as a “taxi cab” confession?
Well, I can confess you that, even if I’m a gothic-addict, I really love sun and summertime!
Truly shocking there, Mariarita! But I believe our readers can handle it!
Thank you so much for talking with us and we look forward to helping you further explore your passions!