Meet Maciel Mendes, the former shoemaker who became an international model

29 out, 2012

My name is Maciel Moreno Mendes, a simple easy-going guy, 28 years old from a small town of 7000 people called Perdigão, in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Perdigão is a beautiful town, where everybody knows each other. Before I was a model I used to work as a shoemaker in a factory.

I grew up on a farm, so I love the outdoors. Also, I am very close to my family and friends. In my spare time I love hanging out with my friends, drinking beer and catching up.

When I’m not with my friends, I like to stay home and spend time with my family, I love movies and tv series. Another hobby of mine is working out. Every day I love to go for a run or go to the gym. Not just to keep in shape, but to be healthy and feel good about myself. Also I enjoy traveling, which I am lucky to do all the time.

How did all begin

I have a friend of mine who works in events and he invited me to do small fashion shows and photoshoots around Minas Gerais. For one show, he invited the co-ordinator for Mister Minas Gerais Contest. I was invited to join them to compete in 2006. After I became Mister Minas Gerais, I represented my state for Mister Brazil Contest in 2008. After I won the title of Mister Brazil World, I was signed to Ming Management in São Paulo – one of the best mother agencies in Brazil.

I stayed there during 2 months where I did my first test shooting before I started to travel around the world.

After over 4 years working as a professional model, I have to say the best part about modeling is meeting different people from all over the world, and experiencing other cultures.

Working with photographers: no previous preparation

I like most when a photographer gives me a little bit of direction, but also let me do my own thing. This way everything feels natural and we work well together making great photos.

There is no previous preparation, the more photoshoots you do the more you learn how to pose without thinking about it.

I don’t shoot naked, but I shoot in underwear and in swimsuits all the time. I don’t have any funny stories I can remember, but I am always joking around and laughing with the team on set to lighten the mood. Also, if I do something funny I always laugh at myself.

The catwalks experiences

I have walked the runway for too many brands to remember including Armani, many in São Paulo fashion weeks, and throughout southeast Asia. However I primarily shoot underwear, campaigns, and commercials. Other clients I have worked for include Adidas, Fila, Honda Civic, Yamaha motorcycles, Acer laptops,
beer, casino, Esse cigarettes, just to name a few!

Male models x Female models

Women definitely got more exposure and work for the great brands. There is cool opportunities for male models but name one famous male model and think about a top female model. Who you guys will remember first?

Any fav model?

I don’t have any fav models, rather I aspire to models I meet who remain down to earth, easy going, and kind in all situations. I focus on myself, on my own career. I make sure I am eating right and taking care of myself


A fashionista?

No, not at all!. I wear the basic jeans and t shirt and flip flops,  When I’m not working´as a model, I like to feel casual and comfortable while feeling sexy at the same time.

Imagine u a famoous model surrounded by a huge crowd!

I would take pictures with all people around me and sign autographs to everyone. I´d   be very flattered

Dating x Loving

Both are very important. I am a romatic guy.


Soccer and my fav player is Ronaldinho from Brazil

Attracting someone´s attention

I take off my shirt hahahaha

Having fun, enjoying life

I love going to the beach, spending time with my family and friends,  enjoying a quiet farm. I also love traveling. You have to enjoy single moment of your life.  Don’t focus too much on the past or the future enjoy TODAY

Craziest thing in a summer time season

I went to a full moon party in Thailand, there was so much alcohol in buckets, and we drank way too much all week. Ii can’t really tell you how it ended lol

Fav body part

The first thing I notice on a woman´s body are her smile and eyes

Fav underwear for daily activities and for those cool sexy moments lol

I like Calvin Klein´s underwear. It is soft and comfortable in all moments no matter what I am doing.

In his Ipod

Justin Timberlake and a  mix of house, country, pop and rock

Fav food

My all time fav food is the  typical brazillian food including “feijoada”

If u weren´t a model u´d be

A personal trainer

Upcoming projects

I am shooting for Esee cigarettes. It will be a big campaign that will be shown in an estimated 10+ countries: a huge project :)

An Unforgettable Moment

When I married to my beautiful wife. Heeey, check out some awesome moments around the world with her:)


“Never leave for tomorrow what you can do today – you never know if tomorrow is too late….”


Maciel Moreno Mendes

Mother agency

Ming Management, Sao Paulo, Brasil.!home|mainPage

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