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Model Mari Agory on Building Her Mom Village

Written by Erin Feher

Photography by Julia Hirsch

Mari Agory is no stranger to life-altering experiences. She was only nine years old when her family fled their native home of Khartoum, Sudan, seeking asylum in the United States due to the bloody civil war in South Sudan. At age 20 she was discovered by a fashion photographer, and spent the next decade traveling the world and walking runways for Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta, and Balenciaga; and gracing the pages of Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. But it was the birth of her first child, Luke, nearly two years ago, that she says completely transformed her perspective and outlook on life. It inspired her to launch her latest venture, Mama Talks NYC, a series of events that bring together like-minded moms to share knowledge and support with one another. Mari invited us over to her incredible greenhouse-cum-loft in Greenwich Village, which she now shares with her adorable boys under two—Luke (1) and Zachariah ( 6 months)—and her fiancé, to talk modeling, mom life, and the most amazing little indoor garden in the Village. Click through for the whole tour!

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