Poetry IN motIoN

Gui Fedrizzi talks about his artis­tic side while show­cas­ing the aes­thet­ics of Guess in a spe­cial photo shoot for DAMAN

DA MAN - Style - - Designer - pho­tog­ra­phy Mitchell NguyeN Mccor­Mack - styliNG Suzi re­zler

Brazil­ian- born model Gui Fedrizzi is the per­fect ex­am­ple of old-school good looks. Dark, tall and hand­some, Fedrizzi made quite an im­pact when he made his in­ter­na­tional de­but in one of Guess’ ad campaigns. In­cred­i­bly, be­neath the cool smol­der and the hot Latino charm, Fedrizzi is a pas­sion­ate artist known for his paint­ings as well as his poetry. For his photo shoot in this is­sue of DAMAN Style, however, it’s all about show­ing the world why he is still one of the faces of Guess.

DA MAN: Hi, Gui; thank you for mak­ing the time for us. Can you tell us a bit about what keeps you busy these days?

Gui Fedrizzi: Lots of things. I just moved to Los An­ge­les and it’s a very good mar­ket for me. Plus, I’m also an artist, and that keeps me busy most of the time.

DA: On the flip side, what was it like for you in the be­gin­ning? What was it that first made you con­sider going into mod­el­ing?

GF: It was re­ally, re­ally hard. I didn’t have much sup­port un­til three peo­ple fi­nally be­lieved in me: My man­ager Fa­cundo Vi­vian, my pho­tog­ra­pher friend Mau­r­izio Mon­tani and Paul Mar­ciano when he gave me my first world­wide Guess cam­paign.

DA: What were some of the big­gest chal­lenges that you had to deal with as you be­gan your mod­el­ing ca­reer?

GF: I missed my fam­ily a lot, I didn’t speak English and I didn’t have money. I think these were the big­gest dif­fi­cul­ties.

DA: And on a re­lated note, do you still re­mem­ber what sur­prised you the most about mod­el­ing?

GF: Even though this is a superficial, egocentric business, I still had the chance to meet amaz­ing peo­ple—some of which will al­ways be in my heart. This sur­prises me.

DA: Look­ing back at those early days, which of your qual­i­ties do you think made the big­gest im­pres­sion to pho­tog­ra­phers, cast­ing di­rec­tors, etc. who you worked with?

GF: My con­fi­dence.

DA: This might sound a bit clichéd, but in your opin­ion, which is more important for a model: raw ta­lent (and good looks, ob­vi­ously) or skill?

GF: I don’t be­lieve I have a raw ta­lent or skill, and I’m very sim­ple in the way I dress—yet, I still made it to where I wanted to be. So, I be­lieve you just need to be who you are, love who you are and be con­fi­dent. The rest, time will teach you.

DA: Have you ever wanted to change any­thing about your­self?

GF: Yes, my style. [ Laughs]

DA: How about for the fash­ion and mod­el­ing in­dus­try in gen­eral: Are there any facets of the business that you wish would change in the fu­ture?

GF: I wish they stopped giv­ing so much im­por­tance to so­cial me­dia.

DA: On the lighter side of things, what would you say are the most en­joy­able as­pects of be­ing a pro­fes­sional male model?

GF: I get to work with beau­ti­ful and nice fe­males very of­ten; I travel a lot; I get to meet great peo­ple; and a male ca­reer lasts longer than women’s, usually. Even if you have other projects you still can do mod­el­ing on the side.

DA: In ret­ro­spect, of all the run­way shows or campaigns, which was it that put you on the map?

GF: Def­i­nitely the pho­to­shoot with Mau­r­izio Mon­tani and my first Guess world­wide cam­paign.

“EVEN THOUGH [MOD­EL­ING] IS A SUPERFICIAL, EGOCENTRIC BUSINESS, I STILL HAD THE CHANCE TO MEET AMAZ­ING PEO­PLE—SOME OF WHICH WILL AL­WAYS BE IN MY HEART”

DA: Look­ing ahead, what would your dream pro­ject look like? Which brands and peo­ple— designers, pho­tog­ra­phers, stylists—would you want to work with the most?

GF: My dream pro­ject is the one I’m work­ing on at the mo­ment: Sup­port­ing chil­dren with can­cer around the world with the World Child Can­cer or­ga­ni­za­tion, whose work is fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. On the fash­ion side, however, I would like to work with Mario Testino and Chuando Frei.

DA: Do you have any plans to try your hand at the “behind the cam­era” el­e­ments of fash­ion? De­sign­ing, per­haps? Or pho­tog­ra­phy...

GF: Per­haps some part­ner­ships with fash­ion brands in an up­com­ing per­sonal pro­ject.

DA: Can you tell us a bit about your own per­sonal style? Your “off- duty look,” if you will...

GF: White or black T-shirt, jeans and boots or ba­sic white shoes.

DA: What are some of your pet­peeves when it comes to how peo­ple nor­mally dress them­selves?

GF: Peo­ple wear­ing price-tags instead of feel­ing good by wear­ing what they re­ally like.

DA: By the way, we saw on In­sta­gram that you of­ten up­load poetry you wrote your­self. Where did this pas­sion come from?

GF: I love poetry. This in­spi­ra­tion came from “my an­gel, my all, my other-self, my im­mor­tal beloved.”

DA: We also stum­bled on your Tum­blr ac­count, and learned that you also paint. Is this some­thing that you’re still do­ing lately?

GF: Yes. I’m very pas­sion­ate about paint­ing—the way it makes you feel, the im­pact it can cause and the way you are able to “et­ernize a mo­ment.” Yes, I still do it when I feel I have to. With­out feel­ing it, I’m not able to paint.

DA: Whether it’s poetry or paint­ing, what kind of things usually in­spires you? Do you ac­tively seek in­spi­ra­tion or is your creative process more spon­ta­neous?

GF: Women in­spire me. My art is 100-per­cent based on my life story or ex­pe­ri­ences. DA: Going back to your work with the World Child Can­cer or­ga­ni­za­tion, can you tell us a bit more about this cause and why you’re sup­port­ing them?

GF: They are the best thing that hap­pened in my life. It’s a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion which helps chil­dren with can­cer around the world. They also helped me determine my pur­pose in life.

DA: When you can set aside a bit of “me time” just for your­self, what do you usually do?

GF: I try to find some time for my­self ev­ery day, even if it’s just a few min­utes do­ing what I re­ally like. I usually play basketball on my days off or play my gui­tar. I also like to work on the book that I’m writ­ing when I have some “me” time.

DA: When, where or with whom do you feel most happy?

GF: When­ever and wher­ever I’m with my fam­ily and friends.

DA: Do you have a role model? Or some­one you re­ally look up to?

GF: Not re­ally. I be­lieve ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent: dif­fer­ent personalities, dif­fer­ent styles. This is the beauty of it all. But I do like the work of Tony Ward.

DA: So, we’ve cov­ered your be­gin­nings as a model, your ac­com­plish­ments, what you still want to ac­com­plish and your pas­sions. What goes through your mind after think­ing about things like this? Or in other words, what’s your cur­rent state of mind?

GF: It came to my mind that I have come much fur­ther than I ever thought I could; yet, I’m still very far from where I want to be. I’m at my best state of mind: more com­fort­able, more con­fi­dent, more ma­ture. I’m en­joy­ing my life as I never did be­fore.

DA: One final ques­tion: Do you have a slo­gan you live by?

GF: “What man is a man who does not make of the world a bet­ter place.”

“I BE­LIEVE EV­ERY­ONE IS DIF­FER­ENT: DIF­FER­ENT PERSONALITIES, DIF­FER­ENT STYLES. THIS IS THE BEAUTY OF IT ALL”

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