Monday, November 05, 2012

Raphael Kiefer: Soul Rebel



Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Height: 6'2"
Chest: 40"
Waist: 32"
Hips: 40"
Shoe size: 11"
Body Type: Toned

"Soul Rebel is the best phrase to describe who I am. People wouldn't exactly describe me as normal as I tend to walk to the beat of a different drummer. Its hard to explain in just a few words. I guess I'm just wired differently and I always question that which is accepted to be the standard way of thinking."

- Raphael Kiefer

Raphael Kiefer is a 28-year old model, writer and entrepreneur.  This Filipino-Swiss looker hails from Cagayan de Oro City and holds a degree in Psychology which he earned from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.  He is currently based in Manila to fulfill his modeling and business commitments.

Raph's initial foray into modeling was via the MTV Fashionista-Best Model of the World Philippine competition in 2004.  Fortunately for the then modeling newbie, Raph, he was adjudged the winner of the pageant and was given the chance to represent the Philippines in the international competition held in Istanbul, Turkey.  This win paved the way for him to easily penetrate the fashion industry both locally and internationally.  In a career spanning 9 years, he has done several projects such as print ads, television commercials as well as major campaigns of popular fashion brands.

At the moment, Raph considers that he is already in the twilight of his modeling career.  Now, he aspires to be a mentor to the new breed of models.  He explained that this gives him a different kind of satisfaction.

Raph has recently decided to shift his focus into industries not related to modeling.  He said that he wants to explore other avenues to realize what he is really capable of doing.  For him, life is about finding oneself and the way to do it is to actually experiment with different things and keep on learning and never stop evolving.  He further exclaims that despite already figuring out what one's real purpose in life is, a person should keep his mind open to many other possibilities.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Joseph Vincent Jimenez: Upcoming



Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Height: 5'8"
Chest: 36"
Waist: 30"
Hips: 38"
Shoe size: 8.5"
Body Type: Toned

"I may not be a familiar face to all of you now, but very soon I will be. Television commercials, print ads, internet ads, you name it, my face will grace all of those soon."

- Joseph Vincent Jimenez

This is how the 21-year old Filipino college student and aspiring model Joseph Vincent Jimenez confidently relates to us how he sees himself in the modeling industry a few months from now. To date, Joseph has done several test photoshoots for well-known photographers but he is still waiting for that one big break to gain some foothold in the industry. He knows that all he needs is that one big project to get recognized; afterwards, he is certain that more offers will fall in his lap once the casters see how hardworking he is.

Apart from modeling, he is also open to joining showbiz. He believes his Asian/Filipino look and good acting chops would cater to many roles in television shows and movies.

Update: Joseph is featured in the February 2013 issue of Garage Magazine.  He will also be featured in the summer issues of two more magazines, watch out for those!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Niko Siles


Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 6'0"
Chest: 37"
Waist: 32"
Hips: 40"
Shoe size: 12"
Body Type: Toned

24-year old Nichola "Niko" Siles is a model of Filipino and French descent. He grew up in the Philippines but decided to finish his college education at the LaSalle College in Montreal, Canada where he earned a degree in Fashion Merchandising.  He moved back to Manila recently to help in the family business.

When Niko was younger, he was asked several times to try modeling out but he declined as it was not his interest.  Upon his return to Manila, he gave modeling a shot and he was gladly welcomed by the industry.  To date, he has appeared in the Bench Universe Denim and Underwear Show, the Cosmopolitan Bachelor Bash 2012 and the launch of the Globe Tattoo Black wi-fi stick.  He is also featured in a few print ads which will be released in a few months' time.

Despite having modeled for well-known Philippine brands, Niko still considers himself a newbie and is bent on getting more exposure and expanding his portfolio. Apart from modeling, his interests include music, fitness, travelling, extreme sports, martial arts and animal welfare.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Julian Cechinel


Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 6'0"
Chest: 39"
Waist: 31"
Hips: 39"
Shoe size: 10"
Body Type: Toned

26-year old Julian Cechinel de Souza is a model of mixed Brazilian, Italian and Portuguese heritage. He is originally from the city of Joinville in Santa Catarina state, Brazil but he has traveled all over the world via modeling. Julian was trying to earn his bachelor's degree in publicity at a university in his home country when an opportunity to work presented itself. He grabbed the opportunity and decided to put his studies in the back seat with the intention of finishing it when his busy schedule permits.

As with most models, Julian was discovered by a model agent while he was having fun with his friends at a club. The model agent slipped him his card and Julian gave modeling a shot. To date, he has been featured in a TV commercial for Mazda; advertisemets for League, Djarum, Coca Cola and Everbest, editorials for Men's Health mMgazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine Indonesia, Cosmpolitan Magazine Philippines, Daman Magazine, Esquire Magazine; and catwalks for Guess, Tumi, Marks & Spencer and Colcci. Recently, he also walked the ramp for Bench Universe denim and underwear show as well as the Cosmopolitan Bachelor Bash 2012.

Although he has traveled to most parts of South America, Europe and Asia to model, Julian still wishes to do modeling jobs in Germany, Japan and Chile.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Naiguel Villalba


Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 6'0"
Chest: 40"
Waist: 31"
Hips: 41"
Shoe size: 11"
Body Type: Toned

Naiguel Haran Villalba is a 20-year old Brazilian model currently making waves outside his native country. He is originally from Campo Grande, a town in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, but is now working all over Asia.

Naiguel's first overseas assignment was in the city of Shanghai, China. There, he was featured in campaigns for local Chinese brands and his billboards were all over the city. He also participated in events and parties in the cosmopolitan city. His next stop was Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There, his modeling skills were further developed as he graced covers of magazines and appeared in editorials. He was given diverse characters to play ranging from a young urban professional to a rebellious teenager. His boyish looks made it easy for stylists to play with clothes to give Naiguel a different look for each photoshoot concept.

At the moment, Naiguel is in Manila to further expand his horizons. He told me that he was open to entering showbusiness when he gets to fluently speak the Filipino vernacular. In the meantime, he is pursuing modeling jobs and playing football together with other Brazilian male models. According to him, he is enjoying his stay in the country because of its people. What endears Filipinos to him is their having similar traits with Brazilians - being family-oriented, friendly and accommodating. He says that when his mother agency assigns him to another country, he will immediately request to be reassigned to Manila after fulfilling his modeling commitments there.