Model Citizen: Adam DeSouza

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We recently discovered model Adam DeSouza on instagram and reached out to him to participate in an upcoming photo shoot. Get to know the Toronto-based based male model and lookout for our upcoming menswear editorial featuring Adam.

1. How did you get into modeling?

I started modelling in 2016 when I first walked for Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. Since then I’ve walked in a few other shows and shot with multiple  photographers throughout Ontario.

2. What has been your favourite modeling job to date?

My favourite modelling job to date would be any of the runway events I’ve done, in particular my first season at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. I love these events because of all the people you get too meet.At a shoot you normally get to meet a small team of 2-5 people, whereas, with these events you’re around large group of like-minded individuals.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to learn about a variety of things. I am really interested in learning about the body, as I get ready to go back to school for massage therapy. I love anything fitness related.  At my core though, I’m really just a homebody.  I enjoy the simple pleasures in life like making a home cooked meal, listening to and finding new music, binge watching Netflix or just driving down to the bluffs to feed the ducks.

4. What music are you currently listening to?

Right now I find myself listening to a few artist like Joey Badass, Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper, System of a Down, Anderson .paak, pendulum and Tool just to name a few.

5. What has modeling thought you about yourself?

Modelling has taught me that there are many different avenues you can take when pursuing something that you are interested in. With the technology  available through the internet, we can teach ourselves about literally any subject.

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6. How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is the love child of Curt Kobian and John Lennon. I would describe it as “Grungy Hippie”.

7. What would surprise people about you?

Something that surprises a lot of people about me is that I train and compete in Muay Thai (kickboxing with elbow strikes, in short). I really enjoy fighting in the ring and performing for a crowd. My last fight was in Ireland last summer.

8. Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without ______________

I cannot live without music.

9. What are some of your future goals? 

My main goal for the future is starting my career as a massage therapist and personal trainer.  I want to dedicate my extra time to modelling and mauy thai and see where they can take me because they’ve already taken me to some amazing places.

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Model Citizen: Brent Williams

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Get to know Angie’s AMTI signed male model Brent Williams and learn something surprising about the Toronto-based model like what has been his favorite job thus far, and more.

1. How did you get into modeling?

The opportunity kept coming up in different ways — although at first I had very little interest, eventually I caved and now I love it!

2. What has been your favorite modeling job to date?

Either walking for Vaquera in NYFW, because it was my first international booking, OR walking for LaMarque at WMCFW because my mother was able to attend the show.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to write anything where I can express myself creatively; i.e. poetry, music, etc.

4. What music or artists are you currently listening to?

Two of my favorite artists right now are Banks and Charlotte Cardin.

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Photo Credit: Christopher Morrison

5. How would you describe your personal style?

I would say my style is classic with a touch of “hipster”. I also like to incorporate bold statement pieces whenever I want to stand out.

6. What would surprise people about you?

I’m a huge superhero/comic book nerd!

7. Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without_____________

PASSION

8. What are some of your goals?

To travel more, so representation in more countries abroad would be amazing!

Model Citizen: Eric Sleeth

 

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Last month, We got to meet newly signed Ciotti Model Eric Sleeth at our 6th issue launch party. Get to know this Montreal native and new face, and find out what he could not live without.

1. How did you get into modeling?

ES: Started with my mom saying that I should for several years; but just dismissed it as moms encouraging and proud of their sons. I started posting nicer photos of myself online which got attention from a couple agencies and then I thought “ok maybe there is something here”. I freelanced for a while, and after deciding it was something I wanted to pursue, and decided to sign with an agency. I recently signed with Ciotti.

2. What has been your favourite modeling job?

ES: I’ve been lucky enough to get great opportunities in the short time I’ve been modeling. My favourite job would be Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*FW) for a few reasons. It opened up many other opportunities. I got to meet and work with wonderful people and some who I now consider to be good friends. Of course, the shows and events are a lot of fun. My mom and dad, plus a few friends were able to come watch, which doesn’t get to happen when working on photo shoots, so it was nice to have them there.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

ES: I don’t really like to have free time. I am addicted to being busy and accomplishing things. Yes, the stress of having too much on your plate can be a lot at times, but when it gets done, it’s the best feeling. I like being busy with modelling, family, friends, university, personal projects. I just feel in a funk if I’m not accomplishing anything. That’s why I can’t sleep in passed 9 am, no matter what how late I go to bed.

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4. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

ES: Cheap seats – Dallas Smith. Probably one of my favorite country songs. Having this platinum hair you wouldn’t expect it, but I really like country music. I have a few other genres that I like but country has a authentic feel, and I associate country music to great memories and great parties.

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5. How would you describe your personal style?

ES: My style will go between 3 looks. Love to put on a nice suit and look dapper as hell. Being a gentlemen is something I aim for and being able to dress well is part of that. On a regular day, I’ll either go with your guy-look, t-shirt and jeans, plaid, whatever. Just something comfortable, casual, and can get dirty. Or I go with a street style vibe that give your a little strut when your out. All of it is just confidence, those are what I am confident in, and that when I feel I look my best.

6. What would surprise people about you?

ES: Well I was born in Montreal, so speaking french is one. But I think it would be that I can live and function being on my own. It is a very important thing that I think people should learn to do. It allows you to really learn who you are as a person. I’ve traveled, vacationed alone and even gone out for dinner for one. It’s not about not having anyone to go with or being lonely, having time to yourself is always good.

7. Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without ______________

ES: I cannot live without my family. I know that may seem like a cop-out answer, but if you ask anyone in my family, they would tell you I am at my happiest when I am around my family. That is why holidays like Christmas, thanksgiving, weddings, you name it, are my favorite time because I get to spend time with them. We are all our Number 1 fans and family is a big reason for who I am today. Family will love you and support you, no matter how bad things may get (and friends can count as family too)

Follow Eric on instagram @EricSleeth

Model Citizen: Moe Baloch

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Aspiring male model Moe Baloch is from a small town with a big population called Layari in Pakistan, and moved to Canada when at the age of ten. Moe is in his last semester of his final year of a Specialized Honours BA in Devised Theatre and Playwriting at York University. Proving that he is more than just a pretty face, Moe is also the co-Artistic Director and Founder of a small non-profit performance art company based in Toronto.

1. How did you get into modeling?

Mhm…I wish I could say I got scouted by a big agency and after that my career lifted off, but I am working hard to break into the industry. Its hard when you aren’t a pretty white boy, you know. The truth is I have always wanted to model and recently I discovered I have some talent for it. So, now I am doing it and its working out pretty alright. I am hoping to get signed internationally so I can start travelling which is one of the main reasons why I got into modelling.

2. What has been your favourite modeling job?

My first season at TOM* has been my favourite modelling experience so far. I got to meet so many nice people with huge hearts, and we all opened up and became family for a week. It was fun, especially walking for Just Ta Designs by Alan Ta.

I thought the outfit was very unique, the music got my heart going and and I loved walking with my model buddies and partying with them afterwards. It was a great end to my first Fashion Week.

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

I longboard in the summer, and stay in my room and paint or write in the Winter. I don’t know what else broke students are supposed to do. I work to pay for school when I am not in school, and I study when I am not at work. I go out sometimes, have a few drinks with my friends. My life…its all very exciting.

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4. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

A bunch of stuff but it all depends on my mood. I listen to Hozier when I need to go for a drive. Florence when I am feeling heartbroken. Alessia Cara, when I feel like I need to have a good cry. Beyonce, when I need to twerk and Calvin Harris’ “How deep is your love” every time I need to practice my runway walk.

5. How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is constantly evolving but I have always stuck with simple cuts and muted colours. Androgynous clothing is a style I have been leaning towards as of late but a fitted T-shirt and a pair of skinny jeans is my go-to outfit for most occasions, like grocery shopping and…picking up people at clubs.

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6. If you could eat, pray, love your life, where would you go?

I would be on a plane with no idea where I am going to land. I would be eating my mom’s fish curry and praying to any God out there to not have my plan crash…Did I do this right?

7. What would surprise people about you?

I play with swords and I name them. They are actually just bamboo sticks. I can’t afford real swords. My friends make fun of me for it.

8. Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without_________
water.

Credits:
Model: Moe Baloch @balochmo
Photography: Hayley Hruska @hayleyhruska
Styling: Cody Rooney @croon3y

Model Citizen: Giancarlo Murano

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We recently spotted 26 year old model/actor Giancarlo Murano on the runway during Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. After the 26 year old model/actor amazing feathered Kenneth Barlis finale look on Day 3 of TOM*, we decided to reach out and to get to know him a little better.

1. How did you get into modeling?

I was introduced to the idea of modelling when I was 15 years old through my acting agent. She had suggested I consider auditions for print and catalogue work based on my “look” as well as the acting auditions that I was attending. At 17 years old, I was a full-time University student and both my acting and (brief) modelling career was put on hold. Upon completion of my University studies graduating with an Honours Degree in Environmental Studies, a
Bachelors of Education, and a Minor in Kinesiology, I was accepted into an ‘Intense Acting Program’ at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. I lived in L.A. for a couple of months and then returned to Toronto in 2013 to pursue acting and modelling.

2. What has been your favourite modeling job?

I really cannot choose just one. Every time I receive a booking, it’s a blessing. I’ve worked with very reputable fashion photographers and also with major companies like Coca-Cola. I recently walked in five shows for New York Fashion Week which was a tremendous experience. Moreover, I am proud and deeply grateful for all my work experience.

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3. What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending time with my family and little nieces. There is nothing I enjoy more than watching a movie with them or trying to understand their baby-talk! Also, my day doesn’t feel complete unless I’ve been to the gym to better myself physically and mentally. When I am working out, it’s an opportunity for me to reflect and think as well as stay healthy and fit.

Toronto is an exciting city. If and when I have some time to spare, I always like to try new things; attend an event I’ve never been to, visit an area that I haven’t seen, or try a restaurant where I haven’t eaten before.

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4. What are you currently listening to on your iPod?

I am a BIG Hip-Hop/Rap fan, so about 95% of the music I listen to is in relation to that genre. I listen to Drake (loving that Summer Sixteen track), Childish Gambino, Kanye, Joey Badass, (old) Eminem, Tupac, Big L, Big Pun, Fabolous, J-Cole, Wu-Tang, etc.

5. How would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my personal style as a sophisticated-urban dresser. There are times when I love to where a suit, but I also enjoy wearing a fitted shirt with boots, skinny jeans and stylish jacket. At home, you won’t catch me wearing anything besides boxers or pajama pants.

6. If you could eat, pray, love your life, where would you go?

I think Italy would be my destination for all combined! I’m Canadian by birth, but my background is Italian. I have travelled throughout Italy several times and experienced the best tasting food, visited beautiful churches, and ‘loved’ every minute!

To further add, I think one can find their true bliss in a place where you can be yourself and not worry about social restrictions and/or pressures. A place where you wake-up smiling and go to sleep laughing!

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7. What would surprise people about you?

I’m Superman.

8. Fill in the Blank: I cannot live without ____________

F.E.Y.T.E. (fate)

Images by Rai Allen, Shayne Gray, and Maxime Bocken