Tuesday 10 November 2009

Carlos Freire

Carlos Freire is with Major (NY), Urban (Milan), Vision (LA), 40Graus Model-mother agency (Brazil).
When did you start modeling?
CARLOS FREIRE : Close to finishing my university, I started to do some modeling jobs in my town and northeast Brazil; then when I finished my studies I went to live in Rio de Janeiro and really began to focus on the modeling career.
Did you want to do it right away, or did you take some time to think about it?
CARLOS FREIRE : Yes, I took some time to think about it... I was almost finished with my studies, and was already working, but sometimes I was thinking it was so boring to me, because in the area of computer stuff you spend all of your your time in a room in front of a computer, then I thought I'd try something different.

Tell us more about Brazil and what you like the most about living there.
CARLOS FREIRE : Brazil is amazing, it's a big country, 26 states, each one with its culture, its customs. One of the most beautiful places is the coast area, with many amazing and different beaches. The thing that I like the most most about living there are the beaches, the city that I was born in and that I was living in until I started modeling, called João Pessoa, in the northeast, it's a coastal city. To me it's like a lost paradise, the population is not too big, there are a lot of natural places, also my family and many friends live there.
Does your family support your modeling career?
CARLOS FREIRE : My family is cool, they support me in what I decide to do, they trust me, I am very grateful for that. The only problem is the distance, sometimes I miss them.
Do you have any brothers and sisters?
CARLOS FREIRE : I have one beautiful sister, older than me,her name is Luanna, she's 28. But she's not a model, she is a doctor.

Brazilians often have an exotic look. What is your ethnic origin?

CARLOS FREIRE : In fact I don't really know, my surname (Theorga) came from Portugal, but my parents are Brazilians, my grandparents also... the Brazilian people are very mixed, it is usually hard to know your exact ethnic origin.
What's the biggest job you've done so far?
CARLOS FREIRE : I did Roberto Cavalli Menswear S/S 09. And I just shot Armani Exchange Fall 09 here in NY, both campaigns.

What kind of jobs would you like to do in the future?

CARLOS FREIRE: There are many kinds of jobs that I'd like to do in the future, a lot of big brands also. I'd like do jeans and I would like to do fragrance one day, never did before.
What is your favorite market? Is it NY, Milan or Brazil?

CARLOS FREIRE : I don't have a favorite market yet, all the countries that I've already been to were good and also I haven't been to Europe yet, maybe I will go this year. A lot of places that I want to visit in future, I just started my journey.
What do you think is special about Brazilian models?

CARLOS FREIRE : First because the mixture of races, we have great variety of looks, and second - Brazilian models are usually positive persons, good energy... always happy. I think that contributes to the success.

You have an amazing body and you're in great shape! Do you feel relaxed posing in underwear and swimwear?

CARLOS FREIRE : Yes, I am relaxed, it's normal, when you work with good professionals it is easy and fast, it's the same to any other job.

How do you prepare for these photoshoots?

CARLOS FREIRE: To be prepared I just take care of my body a bit more a couple of days before the shoot.

Tell us something about your workout routine. How often do you lift weights?

CARLOS FREIRE: My routine is very simple, I work out every day an hour at the gym with weights, but also I'm frequently doing different sports.

Do you have to maintain definition all year long, or do you have a period when you just work on your muscle mass?

CARLOS FREIRE : No, I don't have different periods. When I was younger, I was an active child, always doing some sport, I did swimming, judo, soccer and living in the beach, so I always had an athletic body, but skinny. Then when I was 15 I started working out to get more muscle mass. So, until now I tried to keep my body always like that, strong and athletic. So it's good for everything, my job, health and to do any sport.
Do you also do a lot of cardio? Do you jog, ride the bike, do you have a special cardio routine?CARLOS FREIRE : No, but I love to ride the bike and run. Here in New York I already went to several different places by bike, all bridges and parks, it's really nice.

How do you spend your summers?

CARLOS FREIRE : Yes, I try spending my summers in my city João Pessoa, with family and friends. My family is huge and we have a summer house in a paradise beach that everybody goes to, uncles, cousins... All the time on the beach I'm diving, playing soccer, boarding.... I always had a lot of fun over there.

What is your favorite beach in Brazil?

CARLOS FREIRE : Many, like I said, the Brazilian coast is amazing. But I love one, I have a lot of history there, called PIPA, 2 hours by car from my city.

Are you worried about slums? and are things improving concerning them?

CARLOS FREIRE : Maybe my city doesn't have many slums, but Rio has a lot and the things are still bad... we have a lot of political corruption in Brazil as well, and with that it is difficult to fix things.

What is your favorite place to go out in Brazil?

CARLOS FREIRE : Many different places. But I am not a great fan of clubs, I prefer to go to some music concert (we have really nice bands and different style of music in Brazil - Reggae, Rock). Hanging out with friends at the beach, go to some trip...

What do you most admire in Brazilian people?

CARLOS FREIRE : The energy.

Your Favorite place to eat?

CARLOS FREIRE : Home! I can cook, so I love my own food, I'm a very creative cook, I'm always preparing exotic plates.

What would you say, what is the best Brazilian meal that we all have to try once we are in Brazil?

CARLOS FREIRE : Brazilian Barbecue

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