Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol. It’s no wonder she became a poet–her name even sounds like poetry. But don’t assume Mirtha Michelle is your typical young writer, earnest and star-eyed and overflowing with emotion. In fact, there’s nothing typical about Mirtha Michelle; she calls herself “a huge paradox,” and after a short scroll through her Instagram page it’s easy to see why. Peppered in between styled words from her poems are images that would be right at home on a pop star’s feed: sponsored ads for Skyy Vodka, the poet cuddling up with stacks of cash, shots of her stepping out of a pool in a white bikini. Yes, Mirtha Michelle is that elusive Instagram influencer who manages to blend style and substance, and leaves her audience clamoring for more of both.
“In today’s world you can be a multi-hyphenate woman, pursue different passions and make it work for you,” she says. Perhaps that’s the reason that the best-selling author of “Letters, To The Men I Have Loved” was so drawn to the Fame and Partners pieces she wore on the set of our shoot. With customization, there’s no need to pigeonhole yourself into a single style; you can create clothing that works for every facet of your personality, whether you’re a poet or an actress on CSI: Miami (yup, Mirtha Michelle has done that, too!) or both.
Read on to discover more about the mysterious Mirtha Michelle, from her favorite poet to her personal style.
FAME: How did you first discover poetry, and how did you decide that you wanted to make a career out of it?
MMCM: I wrote my first poem at six years old, so I’d like to think it’s a natural talent. I’m lucky that my parents are creative individuals and they nourished my creative ambitions since a young age, so I always knew I wanted to work in the arts. But it wasn’t until my first book was released and was financially successful that I realized I could monetize poetry.
FAME: You’re an Instagram influencer and a poet–two things that seem like opposites in today’s world. Can you talk a little bit about that duality, and women can embrace their contradictions?
MMCM: I tend to have a dual personality by nature. I always say I’m a huge paradox. I can be tame and some days wild. My work and anything I do for that matter is an expression of that paradox. I’ve come to accept that about me. In today’s world you can be a multi-hyphenate woman, pursue different passions and make it work for you. Doesn’t mean you’re lost or confused. I feel that as long as you remain true to who you are, you can pursue everything that brings you joy.
FAME: Who are your favorite poets?
MMCM: My favorite Poet is Pablo Neruda. His style of writing is passionate and intense and it always speaks to my soul because of my own passionate nature. He’s been a big influence to my writing style as well. I also love Maya Angelou. Her life was complex and she was never ashamed of her mistakes. Which is very much like me. I have “Still I Rise” tattooed on my wrist, inspired by her poem of the same name.
FAME: Describe your personal style in three words.
MMCM: Classic, chic, and effortless.
FAME: What is the relationship between your poetry and your personal style?
MMCM: What I wear depends on my mood each day. In the end, clothing is based on feelings. If you want to feel sexy, or feel cozy, you’ll choose the clothing to match those moods. It’s just like poetry. An expression of feelings.
FAME: Where would you wear these dresses/jumpsuits, and how would you style them?
MMCM: I love to travel and I think these pieces are great for summer experiences. They are great for brunch and museum outings. I love the Ballari Jumpsuit because it’s a timeless piece that can be worn in any part of the world. I’d pair it with a big, wide-brim hat on a sunny day.
Images: Renee Parkhurst