1/4 CARLO LEE
The road to becoming a renowned model isn’t always glamorous and easy. We’ve heard of success stories and, of course, stories that prove modeling is not just a strut down the catwalk. But if you’ve got the right mix of looks, personality, drive, and talent like these up-and-coming models, then you’re all set for a fashion industry takeover.
We invited 4 young, up-and-coming models for a slumbersome afternoon shoot in order to get to know them more. Don’t sleep on these kids; they could be the next Anja Rubik or Ash Stymest.
First on our list Mercator model CARLO LEE:
Name: Carlo Lee (at Mercator)
Interests: Arts (Graphic design and photography)
Craziest model moment: “Probably my second show, the Bench Naked Truth. I wasn’t expecting to get that. It was like my second show ever. That’s where I met Michael Cinco, Ben Chan, Noel Manapat. And that’s where I got to meet most of my model friends also.”
Model icons: Liu Wen, Miles McMillan, Sang Woo, Joan Smalls, Natasha Poly, Gisele Bundchen
How did you start modeling? “I had a model friend who said I could model and introduced me to my agent.”
On a normal day, what would people see you wear? “Just laid-back – black joggers, probably an oversized white shirt. It’s like, you know, I’m just gonna sleep here or whatever.”
What’s your advice for aspiring models? “Know your market coz once you know it, you know who to hang out with, who to approach. It’s easier for you coz you’re not wasting time on the wrong market. And get good friends in the industry.”
Photographed by Miguel Alomajan
Styled by Quayn Pedroso
Grooming: Sydney Helmsley
Interview by Coyi Gorostiza