It’s almost a mandate to relocate to Manila if you’re 6 feet tall, skinny, chiseled, and of course, Brazilian. Iago Faria was a regular football-playing kid in his hometown, until his fate was sealed by a Brazilian model scout during a game. Six months later, he started jetsetting around the world.
He’s a cheeky momma’s boy and family guy, a far cry from your run-of-the-mill millennial. But he’s also young, fresh, and cool (that heavy, slurry Brazilian accent helps)–the perfect partner to super-hot Taiwanese model Jessica Yang.
Can you tell us what you do?
Iago: I’m a model, but I’ve started working as a social media influencer.
What do you love about modeling?
Iago: I love how I get to travel, meet nice people, everyday and everywhere.
How has it changed you as a person?
Iago: I’m stronger now. I’m not immature anymore, because I have to be independent and live by myself. It’s hard. But it’s nice, I love it.
Who do you look up to?
Iago: Justin Bieber. I like this model from Brazil, Diego Fragoso. But he’s not my idol, because I don’t have an idol. And I don’t copy anybody–I have my own style.
What would you be doing right now if you never started modelling?
Iago: I don’t know [laughs]. Maybe working in Brazil for sure. Maybe playing football. I don’t wanna think about it. I love my job.
What do you do to unwind?
Iago: I’ve been playing drums for almost 10 years. I’m a pretty good dancer too.
How would you describe your style?
Streetwear. I love black. For models, black is nice because it’s simple and cool.
Do you shop at H&M?
Yes. Oh my god I love H&M. I have a lot of stuff from them. I think H&M is perfect for me and my style. [for Iago’s style tips and more H&M fashion inspo, click here.]
What do you love about Jessica?
It’s so hard to explain. Jessica is perfect for me. She’s a simple girl–if i say to her “let’s go to 711, let’s eat this,” she’d be okay with it. It’s amazing.
What do you hate about Jessica?
When I need to go out, it takes her 4 hours to put makeup on!
What do you two do on dates?
Hang out at a coffee shop, chill at home, go to the cinema. We’re always together. Everyday is like a date.
Do you have plans on Valentines day?
Not yet. But maybe I’ll surprise her. ~
Story | Iris Lee
Photography | Johanne Dalogdog
Assistant Photographer | Franco Hosena
Styling | Raizel Dy
Hair | Everlyn Galab of Maquillage Professionnel
Makeup | Gemma Rosales-Bobisse
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