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Rosie Mercado

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Nationality  American
Ethnicity  Mexican-Latino
Name  Rosie Mercado
Years active  2009–present
Height  1.75 m
Children  3

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Born  March 28, 1980 (age 35) (1980-03-28) Los Angeles, Southern California, United States
Occupation  Plus-size model, celebrity makeup artist, fashion designer, actress, radio and television personality, actress
Alma mater  University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Similar People  Denise Bidot, Joanne Borgella, Fluvia Lacerda, Ashley Graham, Tess Holliday

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Rosie Mercado (born March 28, 1980) is an American plus-size model, celebrity makeup artist, fashion designer and television personality of Mexican descent. She is best known for starring in reality television show Curvy Girls on NuvoTV and featuring on National Geographic Channel's Taboo. She has been described as a role model for plus-size women globally.


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Early life

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Mercado was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Riverside, California. but she spent most of her life in Las Vegas, Nevada when her parents moved their business there.

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Mercado is of Latino descent; her parents are from Mexico in Guadalajara and Zacatecas. Her parents have a business in Las Vegas and she comes from an entrepreneurial background. Mercado credits her father as "a visionary in all the businesses he has created". Mercado's parents have always has been supportive of her in life and her career.

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Mercado attended Bishop Gorman High School and left in 1999. She was one of five Latinos who attended the private school. In high school, she was a 'tomboy' and felt that she did not fit in because of her size (which has driven her to promote plus-size diversity in the entertainment industry). She was called "a big girl with a pretty face" or "the girl with the pretty face and the big ass", and was bullied because of her weight. Mercado studied Business Management at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Since she was young, Mercado had the desire to make it in the fashion industry, but she had insecurities primarily fueled by her weight issues. She admired Jennifer Lopez and Queen Latifah.

Modeling career

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Mercado broke into the fashion industry within four years. She started off in modeling as a photographer; she was trying to build her business but didn't have the money to hire professional models. A celebrity photographer told her that she had a beautiful face and that she should be modeling. She had taken pictures of herself but was often rejected because of her size. Many times fashion industry people liked her face in her portfolio but balked after seeing her in person due to her size, and told her that if she lost weight she would have more work.

Media career

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Mercado started working at the age of 15, Mercado was a radio personality in Las Vegas as a early morning host. She went on to work for Telemundo and Univision doing red carpet interviews with high profile latino celebrities. She did voiceover work for english and spanish national and international commercials.

In 2011, Mercado featured on National Geographic Channel's Taboo. She has appeared on National and International Television, From Telemundo and Univision and has worked as a correspondent with Emmy award winning Dr. Phil and The Doctors In 2012 and 2013, she starred in season one and two of NuvoTV's reality television show Curvy Girls which captured the daily life of four plus-size models as they realized their dreams in the fashion world. In June 2013, she was a special guest on The Ricki Lake Show, speaking about plus-size swim fashions.

Makeup and fashion design

With her parents teachings of hard work and high values, Mercado turned her makeup skills into a career. She was a celebrity makeup artist who worked in magazines, tv and film. She also took her designing skills and launched her fist collection of dresses in 2013 celebrating the beauty of plus size women around the world


After letting her weight increase to well over 400 pounds, Mercado managed to start losing weight to deal with mobility issues and the embarrassing situations she was beginning to encounter at that size. She was chosen to be the face of Full Figured Fashion Week in 2010 weighing in at 350 pounds but that didn't stop her.

At 5 feet 9 inches tall, she now currently weighs 178 pounds and has fallen in love with her body and life. She continues to inspire with her drive, a true inspiration to all of us that life is what you create. Mercado has been a size 32/34 at her biggest to her current size 12/14 at her smallest and is proud to be a plus size women, She wants to leave a legacy of love, confidence, and empowerment, breaking stereotypes of beauty.

Personal life

Mercado lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California. She is a mother of three children, a daughter (born 2000) and two sons (born 2006 and 2007). She is Married to Kirby Braden Johnston who is an Australian Native. They share a home in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2013, Mercado graduated from Tony Robbins Mastery University. She also became a certified life coach in 2017. She promotes body diversity and self love and acceptance.


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