MANUEL MENDEZ
MODEL
Photo Fernando & Victor
Krave Magazine: The Blog

Our male model for December is the Dominican dynamo Mr. Mendez. The latin looker is ramping up to show the fashion world what its been missing.

Where are you from?

I’m from the Dominican Republic, a nation on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean region.

When did you start modeling?

I started modeling right after high school..

What drives/drove you to pursue a career in the modeling/fashion industry?

What drove me was a friend of mine, going to school to be a photographer who asked to take pictures of me for a school project. After seeing those images  my friends and others started to tell me that I should look into modeling. I hesitated for sometime because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue modeling. I never thought of myself as being a model because all through high school I suffered with acne. After seeing the images, words of encouragement, support and inspiration from friends and family, my confidence level and self-esteem improved. I then decided to give it a try.

This industry lacks of a lot of things. I noticed that there aren’t any male dominican models out there that we recognize. It’s good to see female models like Arlene Sosa and Rose Cordero.  They are two dominican girls that are internationally working on covers of magazine and campaigns. Seeing them drives me even more to keep pushing! They have opened many doors for other female models. I think it’s about time for a male dominican model to do the same.

What are some of your best/worst experiences modeling?

My best experiences in modeling was shooting in my country Dominican Republic.

I would have never thought in a million years that I would shoot out there, never crossed my mind. It was on the beach, so amazing!

What advice would you give to hopeful models?

In my opinion, the most important thing  is to believe in yourself.  There’s that voice inside of you that tells you right from wrong. That same voice tells you what you like and don’t like and what you are to become.

Everyone has this voice of reason and its there  for you to listen and follow. Its like when you plant a tree; that tree is not going to grow unless you water it and take good care of it. So apply that to your dreams and goals! Stay on top of them and you will see them grow.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a model, internationally, and to be the face of a major brands.

How can you be booked?

For now, all  bookings can be made through my website www.manuelamendez.com. I’ve yet to sign with an agency, but I’m currently shopping around.

What would you consider your best feature?

People tell me my lips and my eyes, so I would go with that. I have a scar on left side  of my cheek that I personally like….lol

What are some of the jobs/campaigns you’ve been booked for or are recognized in?

I have yet to book that campaign that I would be recognized for, but I’m working on that so hopefully the world will see it soon. I would say for now www.dominicanfashionmodels.combecause that’s were I got my first recognition..

How do you stay in “model shape”?

Definitely a good healthy way of eating, that’s number one. On top of that I workout a lot.  I take a total body conditioning class, abdominal class and boxing at the gym at least four times a week.

We wish you all the luck in the world Mr. Mendez and KRAVE will support you in your journey.

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