Who is Rosie Mercado?
Rosie Mercado was born on 28 March 1980, in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a television personality, model, fashion designer, and make-up artist, best known from appearing in television shows such as “Taboo” and “Curvy Girls”. She has also worked as a correspondent and host for several shows, including “Face the Truth”.
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The Net Worth of Rosie Mercado
As of early 2020, Rosie Mercado has a net worth estimated to be over $4 million, earned through success in her various endeavors.
She’s earned income from several fields including her work in the media, and others as listed above, plus personal coaching.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
While Rosie was born in Los Angeles to parents are of Mexican descent, her family moved to nearby Riverside where she would spend her early years, and later to Las Vegas, Nevada due to her parents’ business, and she spent most of her youth there.
She attended the private Roman Catholic school called Bishop Gorman High School in Summerlin, Nevada as one of the few Latin students in the school.
She was bullied due to her weight, though a lot of people saw her potential for modeling due to her attractive facial features. After matriculating, she enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and took up a degree in Business Management as she was inspired by her parents’ entrepreneurial spirit. UNLV is another private school located near the Las Vegas Strip. The school is known for teaching one of the country’s top hospitality programs. While working on her studies in business, she also aspired to become a model, but felt a lot of insecurity because of her weight.
Mercado started as a photographer, and was trying to build her business so that she could eventually hire professional models. At the time, she already had a bit of media experience as she had taken radio jobs in Las Vegas during her teenage years, and occasionally did television work, interviewing Latino celebrities for Univision and Telemundo. She also possessed a great voice which led her to do voiceovers for commercials. A fellow photographer encouraged her to try her hand at modeling, and though she possessed good physical qualities, she was often been rejected due to her size.
This led her to spiral even further as her weight increased over the years, even reaching around 400 pounds, and was finding it difficult to lose. Wanting to remove these impediments she started taking weight loss programs, but also gained modeling projects at 350 pounds. Over the years, she’s slowly reduced her weight, and in an interview with “US Weekly”, she revealed that she is around 160 pounds as of late 2019.
Rise to Fame
She gained one of her first national television features in 2011, when she became a part of the show “Taboo” which aired through the National Geographic Channel.
“Taboo” follows the story of practices or traditions which are considered normal in some societies, but are deemed illegal in others. Each hour-long episode consists of topics such as marriage, jobs, roles, or initiation rituals. Her television appearance opened more opportunities for her, and Telemundo along with Univision started giving her contracts as a special correspondent. This led her to work on CBS shows such as “The Doctors’ and “Dr. Phil”.
Her continued effect on television and representation of plus-sized models saw her increase her influence. In 2012, she became one of the stars of the reality show called “Curvy Girls” which aired on NuvoTV. The show featured four plus-size models as they go through their daily lives, trying to make it big in the fashion world. She was also invited to be a guest in “The Ricki Lake Show”, talking about plus-size swimwear, and modeling swimwear despite her size.
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In recent years, she has worked as a co-host for the talk show “Face the Truth” which is produced by Dr. Phil. She is also working on a book with the publisher Harper Collins One.
It is known that Mercado is single, but has three children from different relationships. The family resides in Las Vegas, Nevada though she also frequents a home in Los Angeles, California due to her work.
She is a big proponent of body diversity and authentic beauty, helping other women as a lifestyle coach, focused on acceptance and self-love. She took up courses at the Tony Robbins Mastery University, to help her start working as a coach. She has been greatly inspired by celebrities who have made it in the entertainment industry despite their size. A couple of the names she’s spoken highly of include Queen Latifah and Jennifer Lopez.