After being scouted in late 2012, Brazil-born, New York-based André Grein Bona, who is signed with Re:Quest, Bananas, and Why Not Models (among others) made his debut walking in Givenchy's Fall 2013 show in Paris. He has since gone on to walk for Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Duckie Brown and Y-3, among others; grace the pages of Dossier, Visual Tales, and Mens Moments Magazine, and star in that epic Givenchy x Barneys video for Spring 2013 with Miles Langford. We caught up with the model, who talked about Miuccia Prada, how he's different from other models, why he wants to work with Zara, and more ...
The Fashion Law – How old are you and what's your nationality?
André Bona– I’m 22 years old, from Brazil!
The Fashion Law– How did you get started modeling?
André Bona– My cousin, Daniel Grein, who also is a model, convinced me to learn more about this profession and introduced me to his agent at the time. My first big job was for Givenchy, which I will always remember. That's where it all really began.
The Fashion Law– How do you think you are different from other models
André Bona– All people are different, right? What can I say. (hahah) I always try to keep my principles and convictions in life, so I do not fall into the pitfalls that exist in this world of models. I always try to be positive and creative. I am passionate about life and my work. One of the things that might make me a little different from other models is that before I became a model, worked in different places and functions, which gave me a base to understand that like any other job, we always need to be professional and responsible.
The Fashion Law– What did you think of modeling before you got started?
André Bona– Honestly? I had many prejudices. I never really stopped to imagine myself as a model. I just thought it was not for me. haha
The Fashion Law– What has been the highlight of modeling for you so far? Is there a specific job you loved?
André Bona– The highlight of modeling for me .... good question! I think it was in the Prada show. When I was about to enter the runway, Miuccia Prada was near the entrance, we caught eyes and she smiled sincerely. After that I walked with a feeling of satisfaction and determination, which I'll never forget.
The Fashion Law– Do you think there are any downsides to modeling?
André Bona– I prefer not to rush to talk about the downsides of modeling. Yes, there are things that do not please me, like any other job, but like I said, I prefer to be positive.
The Fashion Law– Is there a particular designer or design house that you absolutely want to work with?
André Bona– There are many brands that want to work, but one that I want to work with is Zara. Before modeling I worked in one of their stores. So, working for them would be like a prize for me.
The Fashion Law– What do you like to do when you're not traveling and working?
André Bona– I just try to enjoy life in general. I love playing basketball. Also, I aways like to play the guitar. Music is my medicine.
The Fashion Law– What have you learned about the business of fashion so far from your work?
André Bona– I think I might write a book with that question one day! It is a world full of many surprises and constant changes.
The Fashion Law– Where do you see yourself in the next several years?
André Bona– I have a few tricks up its sleeve. But as a person, I find myself happy as ever, especially with all the good things that life experience brings. And I hope to be closer to God.
The Fashion Law– What are you obsessed with right now?
André Bona– Motorcycles, always and my beautiful girlfriend.