I worked with Carol on a job for Fay, an Italian clothing brand a few years ago. We reconnected years later when I found out she is also very much into health and food. She will likely start to become a contributor on OYL and share her modeling experiences and her favorite beauty and food tips. Here is a little glimpse into the life of Carol:
My name is Carol Fontaneti I’m brasilian and I’ve been modeling for about 10 years. I started when I was 17, what makes me 26 years old now. I am living in NYC, but I’ve lived all arround the world in places like Paris, Milan, Hamburg, Tokyo, Barcelona…
From age seventeen till the late eighteens, I’ve tried to handle both worlds : being a student and a professional model. I finished high school and started studing Advertising focused on Marketing, but I couldn’t carry it for longer than a year… at that time I was living in the countryside an hour and a half away from Sao Paulo, and it was so time consuming going after classes for castings or shoots in the city. After finishing one year of four – I quit studing to focus only on the modeling careear. Me and my family went back to the city I was born, and I started to make really good campaings for Brasilian brands until the day an agency from NY saw me and signed me in. I was just a little lost girl from a big city, 18 years old that couldn’t speack a single world of English… I know it doesn’t sound that bad comparing to other girls that came at youger ages from the middle of nowhere places… But I felt pretty lost.
Lucky me, I always had my families support, which made me strong enough to keep on track and slowly I was getting in touch with my truth self and learning about me and what I wanted for my life.
So here I am today to talk about what is my passion in life for!
First of all, as I grew up in a BIG , busy city called Sao Paulo as I said before and my childhood had a lack of contact with nature and freedom. Growing up surrounded by buildings and car horns, I did not have the chance to have a pet or anything , also my Mom used to say she would be probably the one taking care of , cause me and my brother were too lazy to do so ourselves…
So as soon as I could, I adopted my very first pet! All the accumulated love and care from all these years, is now on this little fellow :) My dear NINIS. ( he is passing in front of the computer back and forth right at this moment to catch my attention )
When it comes to passion I must say the biggest one I have is for FOOD, no doubt. I started to care about food, and acknowledging this is the most important tool for a healthy life when I started modeling, but not because of it. I want to stay healthy for life, not only because I’m a model. I always have been living this healthy life not smoking or drinking, I only like to have a glass of wine once in a while and champagne for special occasions, so for me it is not that hard.
Of course I have my flaws … but I push myself to don’t get lazy about exercising and making my own food at home. Of that last thing, I can give all the credits to my boyfriend, cause he loves homemade cuisine and we share the dream to have a restaurant in the south of Brasil – where we want to retire from the modeling career.
Meanwhile we stablished a routine of excercises and it really helps when you have someone to go to the gym with together. So after we go for a run , we eat a good lunch, searching for the right way to prepare plates we most love only adding or subtracting ingredients depending on our needs.
To finished talking about passions, I get inspired a lot from the arts, I have a very artistic background since my mom used to paint and draw all the time when I was little, I got this expressing myself artistically sense of need , and first of all it came out as writing journals and little poems and it grew to writing blogs or just littles phrases to myself that I never get to show anyone.
I’ve accumulated journals since the age of 15 till my 23 and it always felt confortable do it when I was by myself traveling or living on my own away from my loved ones.
Now very often I get this feeling that I must do something to express my feelings instead of my job , and I found this in writing.
That’s pretty much it and I wil finish my text with a” cliche” but very useful phrase:
BEAUTY COMES FROM THE INSIDE OUT!!
XOXO Carol Fontaneti