Brazilians in our midst

Eduardo Fagundes [photos above] is a 25-year old Brazilian model who has done quite a lot of commercial projects in the Philippines. According to an article in the Manila Standard, Brazilian models have been in the Philippines for more than three years now, but this invasion started late last year. That’s when the models started to enter the country in bulk. “Most Brazilian models stay for only three months per country. Interestingly enough, in that short amount of time, they manage to book gigs that would take more than a year for a local model to accomplish in their own country,” the article goes. Moreover, Brazilian models in Manila get paid as much as Filipino models, and they – most of the time – lower their fees just to get the project. This is so because of two things, according to local fashion kibitzers: [1] They are building their resume and portfolio for their eventual entry into the fashion capitals of the world; and [2] “Brazilians treat modeling as a profession, as opposed to the Filipino point of view of raket-raket lang [part-time only]” – quote Jonas Gaffud, president of Mercator Model Management. For more about the Brazilian invasion article click here.

Dilly, Doozie: Fabio Ide

The Japanese population in Brazil [nipo-brasileiro] constitutes the largest Asian group in that country. Most notably, there is a large concentration of Japanese immigrants in São Paulo’s Liberdade District. It must be recalled that the first Japanese immigrants, along with the Chinese, arrived in Brazil in 1908 in search of a better life. They worked as farmers in Brazil’s vast coffee farms. Naturally, some Japanese immigrants married native Brazilians and other Brazilians of European, African and Amerindian descent. That explains the highly diversified and unique look of some, if not most, Brazilians. Today, however, due to the economic and political problems in Brazil, there is an ongoing immigration of Japanese Brazilians to Japan – they were termed Dekasegi. Japan has warmly welcomed the Dekasegis as working visas were freely offered to them.

One Japanese Brazilian who is looking for better opportunities abroad is a model who goes by the name of Fabio Ide. He is in town, and he has appeared in a TV commercial [Enervon vitamins] and fashion shows for top designers in the metro. I always thought he is male-model-tall [that is 6′ and above] but he lists his height at 182 cms, which converts to a little less than 5’10”. Pretty soon, the cute nipo-brasileiro will move out of the country and land in other Asian countries [usually, pro Brazilian models stay 3 months in each country to pump up their resumes before moving to Europe and the US for bigger opportunities]. Incidentally, another drool-worthy Japanese Brazilian is model Leandro Okabe.