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Moevir Magazine April Issue 2020 featured edition

[Dream of Me]

Male Model: Paul Fructuoso  @fructuoso7

Photographer: Lester Villarama  @shotbylester


Tell us something about you. Maybe your life, profession, habit, dream.

My name is Paul Fructuoso. I live in Colorado and I am a model, an artist, mestizo, and a student among other things. My life is complicated like the lives of many out in the world. My life is not a dream but I have dreams and deep desires for the future and the things that matter. I really love being a model, a drawer, an artist, and a creative individual. I find passion and happiness in being an artist and I’m sure I will carry my passion for art throughout my life.


What makes you choose this profession?

As a kid I always wanted to be a male model. When I finally gained the confidence to be a model I realized this is really going to be hard. Being a model isn’t always as glamorous as it sounds but I still enjoy it very much. Modeling isn’t something I’ll continue forever, but I find it challenging and I feel as though I can learn a lot as long as I remain in this profession.

Could you share how you expand your vision of art, fashion?

I think I expand my vision of art and fashion in a variety of ways. I think it is very important to gather inspiration from many sources. I follow many mainstream forms of art and fashion as well as a number of underground artwork. I like to keep things simple but beautiful. Not really over the top, but never minimalistic. I like to have range when it comes art and fashion.

Who are the people that impact you the most in your profession? What have you learned from them?

I think the people that impact me the most in this industry are the people that are genuine. Overall I have had success and good experiences as a male model. I have had my challenges and I have had upsetting days also but having people to support you in this profession is important. More recently I have learned to work with people/artists/photographers that inspire me, that are proud to work with me, and that I’m proud to work with.


Do you have that feeling? When you have a look at the work you created 1 or 2 years ago, do you still think it is in fashion?

I often look back at work created a few years ago and I think my work continues to be relevant. I often look at work by models from decades ago and find that I can occasionally can be impressed or even think “I’d wear that. I’d try that. That’s cool”. Of course, I think it is necessary for artists to try to spark new forms of art and fashion. I like to look at the past as a teacher and continue to push myself to be innovative.


What is the most important thing for creating new work?

I think the most important thing for creating new work is the execution of the idea. Drawing inspiration and creating a well thought out idea are important but the execution of it is crucial. Everything from lighting, to fashion, to mood etc. needs to be cohesive and work the way intended. In the end, an artist wants to create art that they are proud of.

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