Tuesday, December 8, 2009

THE DUO|RICO NIEVES|MATT SCHMITT


Name|Rico Nieves

Age|25

Homebase|Lorain, Ohio


1. How did you get into modeling?

I applied and entered the Ford Models/VMAN Model Search online. I won and I am on the current VMAN cover photographed by Nick Knight.


2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to become an actor or a veterinarian.


3. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I recently purchased my own home. I am a big homebody. I love to be at home, in my yard, always low key.


4. Models are always judged by their physical appearance. What do you think is your best feature?

I love my eyes. I have eyes like my parents. You can tell we are related just by looking at our eyes.



5. If you have to choose a song that would best describe you as a individual, which song would it be and why?

"Clocks" by Coldplay. There is something about the beat that makes me smile. It gives me a real mellow feeling.


6. What is your dream destination?

Paris. I dream of spending a week there exploring, living free.


7. Since this shoot has a gothic/primitive vibe about it, if you were held captive and you are only allow to bring five items with you to a desert island, what would those five items be?

Ipod; my best friend, Amber; boat, water bottles; and a blanket!


8. What's your motto in life?

Live life like it's your last day, tomorrow is never promised.


Name|Matt Schmitt

Age|17

Homebase|New Albany, Ohio


1. How did you get into modeling?

I was scouted online. I became the finalist in the Ford Models/VMAN Model Search.


2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a spy, like the kids in the movie Spy Kids. I actually wrote a letter to the President of the United States, asking him to place me in the C.I.A. I was a weird kid growing up, haha.


3. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I have six siblings. I am the second eldest in the group.



4. Models are always judged by their physical appearance. What do you think is your best feature?

People have said it's my lips, but I think looks make up 40% of the equation. Your personality will take you places your face can't.


5. If you had to choose a song that would best describe you as a individual, which song would it be and why?

"Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFarrin! Haha! I love that song because so many people stress out over things too easily and end up making matters worse. I truly believe everything will work out in the end anyway.


6. What is your dream destination?

Anywhere with sand and waves.


7. Since this shoot has a gothic and primitive vibe about it, if you were held captive and you were only allowed to bring five essential items with you to a desert island, what would these five items be?

Ipod; my girl, unless the tribal girls are hot; my guitar; lifetime supply of ramen and a video camera so I can document me losing my mind.


8. What's your motto in life?

What does it profit a man if he gains the world and loses his soul, money can't buy life.


ACCESSORIES: Black Sheep And Prodigal Sons-www.blacksheepandprodigalsons.com

AGENT: Jesse Simon

IMAGES: Ken Pao-www.kenpao.com

FASHION EDITOR/CONCEPT/CASTING: John Tan

MODELS: Rico Nieves/Matt Schmitt/Ford

COPY EDITOR: Jonathan Shia

Please visit www.visualtalesmagazine.blogspot.com for the official exclusive feature editorial "The Duel".


Special thanks to Derrick R. Cruz @ Black Sheep And Prodigal Sons, Austin Sherbanenko @ Odyn Vovk, Ryan Turner and Jesse Simon and everyone at Ford Models for their support.

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