* Bruno Carvalho
** Bruno with the Wilhelmina models and Gil Even, the CA-RIO-CA WEAR creator and designer, backstage before show (photo by Ken Alcazar)
*** Bruno with dancers Ana Massette & Mariza Montoya and Gil Even (photo by Ken Alcazar)
**** Bruno Carvalho opening the CA-RIO-CA WEAR fashion show (photo by Ken Alcazar)
Last month I was invited by Gil Even
– the founder of CA-RIO-CA WEAR
- to style his first fashion show. The event took place in Los Angeles at the Style Fashion Week, presented by Frontiers Media. Since this was the first show of this super cool Brazilian brand, it was obvious that a very Brazilian mood spirit and energy had to leave a first impression on this special occasion; so it was only natural that samba dancers took over the catwalk before the professional models from Wilhelmina Models Los Angeles stepped on.
is the handsome hunk – and dancer
– who was the first male to ever walk down, or better saying dance down – a catwalk wearing a CA-RIO-CA WEAR swimsuit, and let me tell you that when his dancers colleagues Ana Massette & Mariza Montoya unveiled him on the runway, people couldn’t hold their breaths. Bruno, 26, was born in Ilhéus (Bahia) in the Northeast of Brazil; needless to say that his body is pure perfection; he goes to the gym from Monday to Saturday where he spends 90 minutes each day keeping up what God generously granted him. “I believe it is important to include the gym in your daily routine; to turn it into a natural experience and less painful”, he told me backstage before the show. Bruno, who has a MBA in Marketing & Publicity, lives in Los Angeles. I must say it was a pleasure meeting him, very polite and professional. Of course I had to interview him;
GAZELLE: What is the best thing about living outside Brazil?
BRUNO CARVALHO: Brazil is a wonderful country, but it doesn’t give us a great quality of life, like the one I have here in the US.
GAZELLE: What is the easiest way to get to your heart?
BRUNO CARVALHO: Well, it is not difficult at all; I often joke that I am bahiano (from Bahia), and we were born with a weak heart. We fall in love easy, but relationships must happen naturally, we can’t force them. When I realize something is for real, so then it is half way already. Besides, I need a lot of attention always (laughs). So that’s a tip to get to my heart.
GAZELLE: What do you most admire on people?
BRUNO CARVALHO: Determination. No matter what obstacles they faced, they didn’t become victims of their life story, and that allowed them to succeed. I am also fond of helpful, kind and polite people who are always in a good mood. They really get my attention.
Watch the first CA-RIO-CA WEAR Fashion Show
GAZELLE: How did it feel to be the first one to ever step on a catwalk wearing the Brazilian brand CA-RIO-CA WEAR?
BRUNO CARVALHO: I love Brazilian sungas (swimsuits) and for me to be the first to walk on the first CA-RIO-CA WEAR fashion show was a gift, because besides wearing a product that has so much to do with me, I was also representing my country. I was very happy that it was such a success and got so much good press. I want to once again thank Gil Even from the brand CA-RIO-CA WEAR and Tristan Schukraft from Frontiers Magazine for the opportunity. I hope this was my first of many projects for the brand, and I wish longevity to CA-RIO-CA WEAR.
moi backstage with Bruno Carvalho
by Gazelle Paulo