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Meet Jasmine Green

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Green.

Jasmine, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am the founder and CEO of MARZ Enterprise, a model agency that services Baltimore, Maryland, Virginia, and New York. At MARZ we reimagine beauty for advertisements and campaigns. I started in the model industry around the age of 12 years- old and realized that there was more to the industry than being a pretty face. It takes hard work, grit, skill, and perseverance.

With over 13 years in the model industry, I had seen it all. Defending my mental health, body from sexual harassment, and “beauty standards”, I decided to bridge the gap between models, and mainstream advertisers.

After my parents passed at the age of twelve, I later signed to a model management firm. Disappointed and several broken promises later, my modeling career took a major pivot when I left the agency and began managing myself. It was then that I learned how to navigate the model industry. Seeing its shortcomings for diverse models gave me all the fuel I needed to start, MARZ Enterprise (MARZ)—named after my late mother, Marzetta Ross-Green.

If I could give you three words, I would say faith, relationships, and consistency describe where I am today. My faith is a priority to me, in all that I do I seek God first and everything else follows. Relationships, whether in business or my professional life, have stretched and protected me. Consistency in my professional life has built trust with my audience and network which in return shows the commitment to the vision of MARZ.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I would say more like going through a valley with a backpack of tools and then climbing to a mountain top and doing that over again several times. I believe anyone running a business can attest to the many sacrifices and triumphs that came along the way. The top two struggles for me would be capital and having someone in my field that has taken the same road I wanted to embark on.

As we know, black women have one of the lowest rates in receiving capital, which would save them time and money with an injection in their cash flow. I have invested over $40,000.00 into my business within the first two years, all of which were supported by family, friends, or working my 9-5.

At the time of starting my business, changing or challenging the beauty narrative was not a trend, it was unspoken and often given a confused look as to why I would start a company so niche.

I believe the hardest part of building a business is the number of resources you have available and someone coaching you through how to use them effectively. Many of the resources that black women have are directly connected to their community and network.

Many of us do not come from a family of wealthy or business owners. We often carry the weight of many different positions until it is too heavy. What an absolute blessing it is to have my sisters, adoptive mom, and significant other lead me and guide me in this journey, they are a mix of business owners or former owners. Your counsel is essentially important to your ultimate growth as a business owner. With that being said, we accomplish a lot more with capital and strategy. This allows us to share some of the weight, multiply it, and take our business from in our homes to around the world.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am known for turning nothing into something excellent. I am a sister, aunt, daughter, niece, entrepreneur, founder, model agent, beauty influencer, and diversity and inclusion advocate. I am mostly known for bringing people joy. On a day to day basis, I have several roles in MARZ.

I specialize in creative directing, casting, social media, communications, marketing, and advertising. I would have to say I am acting as the main point of communication between the talent and clients/ brands, negotiating contracts with clients/ brands to sustain the best possible payment or ambassadorship, maintain schedules, appointments, and photo shoots for existing models working under the agency, responsible for managing and conceptualizing the creative output, often including staff supervision and production and assist in the recruitment process, including recruitment and on-boarding of interns, and project staff, and identification of candidates for inclusion in proposals or other new business.

I am known for bridging the gap between mainstream brands and real women with real stories. MARZ is the place where models feel safe, protected, and at home. They grow mentally and physically to execute the vision of our clients by redefining beauty authentically. This is more than a model agency and more than a trend, it is the future of the industry. There are many agencies around the world, but with MARZ mental health, protection of women, and transparency are top priority, and it is time the industry recognizes such.

I am also on the board of Hearts and Homes for youth where we help teen moms, sex trafficking victims, and juveniles find safe spaces in the foster care system. This is important to me because, while I was never in foster care, I did move between 8 homes by the age of 18, due to the loss of both my parents by the time I was 12 years old. I have learned what it means to persevere until you reach a goal and start fresh again learning, growing again in any given season. This has been applied to every area of MARZ as well as our talent.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
Apps: Holy Bible, Calm, Faithful, I am, Nike Run, Pinterest, Canva, UNUM, Hootsuite, Mario Kart, All Google Apps, Fast Scanner, Honey Book, Asana, Slack

Books: The Blessed Life by Robert Morris, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Scazzero, Relationship Goals by Michael Todd, The 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib, Chase The Lion by Batterson, The Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

Podcast: The Luxxe Life Podcast with Chynna Lamani, Therapy for Black Girls, John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, Woman Evolve with Sarah Jakes Roberts, Blessed and Bossed Up with Tatum Temia, and Myleik Teel’s Podcast

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Image Credits
Agency: MARZ Enterprise Designer: Hndsghtny @hndsght.ny Creative Director: Malcolm Da Kid @treysonn_ MARZ Model: Angelica Reyes @angelixabx Makeup: Bianka Manderson @beautybybb_ Photographer: Anthony Paige @lensandplate Hair: Ajee Hassan @diversemethodology MARZ Model: Leah Nesmith @leanesmith_ Retoucher: Valentina @vabori__retouch Creative Director: Jasmine C. Green @theoriginaljcg Photographer: Samuel Famoyegun MARZ Model: Victoria Folusewa @folusewa Creative Director and Styling: Jasmine C. Green @theoriginaljcg Makeup: Bianka Manderson @beautybybb_ Photographer: Samuel Famoyegun @sfdesign21 MARZ Model: Kathryne Shomali @kathryneshomali Creative Director: Jasmine C. Green @theoriginaljcg Makeup: Bianka Manderson @beautybybb_ Photographer: Domo Jenkins @domoshotme MARZ Model: Amber Hughes @amberxhughes Makeup: Bianka Manderson @beautybybb_ Hair: Ajee Hassan @diversemethodology Photographer: Anthony Paige @lensandplate MARZ Models: Leah Nesmith @leahnesmith_, Victoria Folusewa @folusewa Brianna Washington @itzbrianna.w, Biloy Ambahe @b.i.l.o.y Creative Assistant: Deandra Brown @simply.de.vine Retoucher: Valentina @vabori__retouch Creative Director: Jasmine C. Green @theoriginaljcg Photographer: Kris Williams @kriswillphotography MARZ Model: Yolanda Moses @theyolandamoses Creative Assistant: Deandra Brown @simply.de.vine Creative Director: Jasmine C. Green @theoriginaljcg Photographer: Isaias @ijyoyo MARZ Model: Khadeejah Abdul-Azeem @khadeejah.a_a

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1 Comment

  1. James Andorful

    August 4, 2021 at 4:43 am

    Love this read! Truly inspiring.

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