“Be careful who you choose to shoot with as it reflects your reputation.”
Vanessa, how did you get involved with modeling? Where are you based now? I got my first opportunity when I was 16 through a friend of my mom’s. I was really excited about it. It was doing a runway show for a Brazilian clothing line. There were many photographers there and other companies and it was that day that my career as a model was launched. I’m based in Florida, and I have some agencies but I’m not exclusive. I try to keep my possibilities open for other opportunities.
Tell us more about yourself. What else do you do next to modeling? Besides Modeling I have a Bachelors degree in psychology and I just started acting classes. I have worked in broadcasting when I hosted different events on local TV entertainment shows.
What’s something that you miss about your country and home? My family and the food.
What do you love most about being a model? And, what do you least enjoy? I love that it provides a flexible work schedule, and most of the time it is a fun a positive environment. The thing I sometimes have trouble with is being away from my family for very long periods of time.
What are your favorite genres and styles of modeling? In your opinion, what are your strongest features as a model? I like fashion, swimsuit, sports and photoshoots for themed magazines and catalogs. I honestly like everything modeling has to offer.
I feel that I’m very well rounded but I am very popular with clients looking for a model with a positive attitude that can work with all types of individuals in all environments. I don’t complain and I work hard. I keep physically fit and I am very good at following instructions.
What are your achievements you are proud most of today? I have won several beauty pageant titles and competitions including Miss Swimsuit International Peru 2012-2013. I competed in the Swimsuit Centerfold Reality show for MTV 2015 with almost sixty top international models and I was one of the finalists. I’m also the proud title holder of The Miss Latina International 2014 event held in Miami with models from all over the world. I was both excited and nervous but I was very happy to win this important competition.
What is the best advice you have ever been given by a photographer? Be careful who you choose to shoot with as it reflects your reputation.
What’s one of the most interesting shoots that you’ve done? My favorite was a space themed shoot I did for a music artist.
Is there anything you wish you had known when you first got into modeling? Honestly no, I think I’ve been lucky to meet professional people and network with them.
What’s something you haven’t achieved but hope to? I would like to eventually be an actress.
If you hadn’t become a model, what else do you think you would be doing? I would have chosen a career in psychology.
Do you have any beauty secrets or products you swear by? I sleep 8 hours a night and drink a gallon of water a day. I use coconut oil for my hair.
Where can we see more of your works?
Describe yourself in three words please. Happy. Blessed. Dreamer.
What is your life motto? When God closes a door, he opens a window.