American supermodel and AIDS advocate Maggie Rizer has made a name for herself in the fashion world since launching her professional career in 1997 with the illustrious photographer Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue. She has done advertisements for Gap, Calvin Klein and Versace, as well as walked down the runways for her favorite designers like Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Michael Kors and Anna Sui. Apart from Vague, Rizer has also appeared on the covers of Elle, George, Madame Figaro and others.
One of fashion’s hottest models, 5’9” Rizer was named the VH-1 “Model of the Year” in 1998. She was featured as a party girl in a 2004 episode of the TV series “Sex and the City” called “Let There Be Light.”
Losing her father to AIDS when she was a teenager, Rizer resurfaced as an adult to speak about how many friends her father had died because of the disease. At the time, she was accompanied by her dad’s long-time partner, Scott. Since then, she has actively participated in rising AIDS consciousness.
Currently, Rizer is in production of “Maggie and Me” (2008), a documentary which looks to consider the value of youth commenced, cross cultural and large-scale affiliation to battle against AIDS. The film is helmed by Alexandra Kerry, the daughter of Senator John Kerry.
On a more personal note, Rizer has a boyfriend who now resides in upstate New York. She met him in high school. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, horse-riding and waterskiing.
Childhood and Family:
Margaret Mary Rizer, who would later be known as Maggie Rizer, was born on January 9, 1978, in Watertown, New York, to Kevin O’Dea Rizer and Maureen Breen. Her openly gay father passed away in 1992 because of AIDS. At the time, she was 14 years old. Her mother has since remarried. Maggie has three sisters, Katie, Julia and Patricia, and a brother, Jake.
Before starting her modeling career, Maggie spent her first year of college at R.I.T. and the State University of New York at Geneseo. She quit college to become a model.
Maggie and Me
Originally, Maggie Rizer had no intention of becoming a model, but it was her mother who sent her picture to Ford, an agency she chose due to its reputation. Although she did one or two tests, her real ambition was attending college. Even after getting a phone call from her booker and future close personal friend, Louie Chaban, who had moved into Ford, she still was not interested in entering the world of modeling.
Undaunted by her rejection, Chaban made a second call and informed her that photographer Steven Meisel wanted to shoot her for Italian Vogue. Rizer took the job and after shooting three stories and the high-profile September Italian Vogue cover (1997), the blue-eyed beauty decided to settle in Manhattan to further pursue her career.
Since the promising debut, the former ballet dancer, who has signed with agencies like IMG Models New York, Elite New York, Paris and Barcelona as well as Model I London, has collected a number of coveted modeling gigs. Her all-American fresh-faced girl next door looks can be seen on the covers of major publications around the globe like American George (1998) and Vogue (1999, 2000); British Elle (1999); French Madame Figaro and Citizen K (both 2000); Canadian Flare (2001), Japanese Madame Figaro (1999); Vogue (2000) and Ginza (2002); Irish Tatler (1999); German Vogue (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) and Deutsch (2005) and many others. Rizer has also appeared in numerous advertisements. They are include Calvin Klein, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Clinique ‘Happy fragrance, Versace, Prada, Valentino, Ports International, Atelier Versace, London Fog and Dennis Basso to name a few.
In addition to magazine and advertisement, the red-headed model has also been a regular on the catwalk. She participated in the fashion shows like Ready to wear-Spring/Summer 1998, Haute couture - Spring/Summer 1998, Spring/Summer 1999, Autumn/Winter 1999, Spring/Summer 2000 and Autumn/Winter 2000, as well as Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 2002, Autumn/Winter 2002, Spring/Summer 2003 and Autumn/Winter 2003. Some designers that have worked with her include Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Anna Sui , Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren.
More recently, in 2007, Rizer’s face decorated the Portuguese Maaxima.
The AIDS activist is set to appear as herself in the documentary film “Maggie and Me” (2008), concerning about AIDS issues.