Nora Vai

Dreamer, Poser, Player

Tag: model

Home is where the pants aren’t

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I love my jeans and big white shirt. But when I shoot with photographers and choose what clothes to bring, I usually choose something more trendy or different I guess. This time I invited myself to Mario Delgado’s home. I love his work, how natural and real his photos feel. So I left home the way I was. There’s nothing more comfortable than big shirt and baggy jeans. Well actually there is, big shirt and no jeans.

Thank you, Mario, for having me and making me that delicious pasta for lunch.

Photos by Mario Deldago, no make up or hair.

Male model about high heels

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I met the 21 year old Riccardo Dominguez at my agency in Paris. It’s his first time in Paris and he’s here for women’s fashion week.

      Q. When and how did you start modeling?

A. 4 years ago. I was living in a cool area in Colombia, where photographers and designers live. They offered me to try some projects together and that’s how it all began. But I’ve only started modeling women clothing recently. I’m named first androgynous model in Latin America. I’m the first male to wear heels in Colombia’s fashion week. Well that’s what I find when I google myself, haha.

     Q. Is it hard for you to walk in high heels?

A. I never wear high heels, I wear mens clothing. So at first it was very hard, I was practicing a lot.

      Q. How did your family react when you started modeling female clothing?

A. At first it was weird for my parents, my mum didn’t really like it. But then she saw how much press I’m getting and thought it will be good for my future. Now she’s proud of what I’ve accomplished.

      Q. What’s the best part in modeling?

A. Best is travelling and meeting people. I love shoots and seeing myself in billboards later. It’s also very nice to be inspiration for other people. I try to be grateful for everything.

      Q. What’s the worst?

A. When people are rude. Some people were really not nice in castings. I saw some mean things published about me too, the usual things that models hear, like “This is not beauty” or “You’re too skinny”.

      Q. What’s the most difficult?

A. When you’re hopeful and really like the designer, but don’t get the job. It’s hard not to take it personally and not blame yourself.

      Q. What do you want to do besides modeling?

A. I study theatre and want to become an actor.

      Q. Tell me about your life in Colombia and what do you miss?

A. I have a boyfriend. We’ve been together for 1 year. He’s planning to come and visit. I don’t know when yet, maybe it’s a surprise. He’s 25 years old, economist. I’m missing my mum, my mums cooking. I can’t cook and eat very badly here, microwaved food.

      Q. It’s your second week in Paris. What’s the plan after?

A. I want to stay in Europe. There’s no way I’m going back to Colombia after. I have a whole new world to conquer. This is my dream and I will fight for it, even if it’s hard. Image Image 1 Image 5 One of my everyday snap chat stories #Noravai

Real at DKNY

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One of my everyday Snapchat stories @Noravai 

 

Few days ago I did DKNY show here in New York. I also worked with the team before, saw the process of the collection being put together, trying all the variations of clothes, seeing how they move, how they look on pictures, how they feel etc. We spent long days, stayed until 2am together. At the end it felt like the team became a little family. I can definitely see now why designers call collections their baby. Makes me love the brand even more, when I know that people behind it are so lovely and down to earth. Also, the fact that they casted real New Yorkers for the show and not only models, adds so much character and personality to it. Thank you, DKNY for having me and making me feel like a real New Yorker for a bit.

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Last photo by Eli Schmidt

Into the white

 

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Behind the scenes with car owner Jason

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I was walking in East Village when I saw this car. I’m not a car person at all, but with this one, I had to take a selfie. While I take a selfie, this guy comes out of a bar and offers me to borrow the car anytime for grocery shopping. I don’t drive unfortunately. But I’m a bit of a poser, so I ask the guy to borrow it for a shoot one day. Jason, who’s the owner of both the car and the bar is super nice and lets me do that. Next time I come with my white outfits and drag Zhi Wei along. That’s how this sexy story was born.

Photos by Zhi Wei.