After a friend suggested that he consider modeling, Mexico born, NYC-based Efren Garza stopped into Paragon Model Management and they signed him on the spot. He has since signed with DNA in New York and as of February 2013, has walked for John Bartlett, Ricardo Seco, and Alexandre Plokhov, and starred in Plokhov's Fall 2013 lookbook. Known for his super-long locks, Garza has graced the pages of Hypebeast Magazine and appeared in an array of Fashionisto exclusives. Efren talks to us about Zoolander, life as a model/musician, Alexandre Plokhov, and more ...
The Fashion Law – How old are you and what's your nationality?
Efren Garza– I am 24 years old, and I am Mexican.
The Fashion Law – Business today is so much about branding. Do you feel like models are brands?
Efren Garza – I wouldn't say models are brands. I just think models and brands complement each other in the fashion industry.
The Fashion Law – How do you think you are different from other models?
Efren Garza–I like when someone asks in the castings or jobs, "Where is the long-haired guy?" and someone else says "The Mexican?" I feel it is something that distinguishes me when there are so many models. And I don't know, I just try to be myself all the time.
The Fashion Law– What did you think of modeling before you got started?
Efren Garza– At first I thought it was a little funny. I guessbecause I had never imagined that I was going to be a model. Ever since I watched Zoolander, I couldn't talk about modeling without thinking of that movie, which is very funny. But everything changed when I started as a model. I totally changed my mind. I've met wonderful people, so talented and professional. Designers, photographers, and models. All with different and very interesting lifestyles, and I am very grateful to have this great opportunity in this part of my life.
The Fashion Law– What has been the highlight of modeling for you so far? Is there a specific job you loved?
Efren Garza– I would say … the places I've gone so far and the friends I've made have been the highlight. I loved working with Alexandre Plokhov and Jojo Asuncion. They are great and very professional people.
The Fashion Law – Is there a particular designer or design house that you absolutely want to work with?
Efren Garza – Not in particular. During the last few months I've been meeting such great people, and I think I just want to keep doing that.
The Fashion Law – What do you like to do when you're not traveling and working?
Efren Garza – I really like to make musicwith my friends. I enjoy when I can return to Monterrey in México for a while, and I can play guitar and sing with my sisters. It is a great feeling. Oh and I like to take my camera and go out to take pictures!
The Fashion Law – Where do you see yourself in the next several years?
Efren Garza – I still seeing myself traveling during the next years. If not modeling, I will be playing music.
The Fashion Law – What are you obsessed with right now?
Efren Garza – I'm involved in a music project right now, and to be honest, I am getting pretty obsessed with that. We just started, but I am really enjoying the entire process.