Tosh Yanez Talks Ten Years Of Modeling

May 2, 2011 By Vaneza

There are pretty models and then there are pretty and intelligent models, Tosh Yanez happens to be the latter. Yanez, whose background is a mix of Spanish, Italian and Irish, has been modeling for over a decade walking runways, appearing in commercials and posing for several shoots including brands such asDonna Karan, Rock & Republic, Sean John and Calvin Klein. We recently got the chance to speak with Tosh about his career.

How did you get your start in modeling?
I’ve been modeling for over a decade now. I was “discovered” by the editor of Teen Magazine. I portrayed the token boyfriend in all their editorials.
Are there any current or upcoming projects we can see you in?
I just shot my second commercial for L’Oreal Paris. It stars one of my favorite supermodels, Laetita Casta. It was our second time filming together. I’m really excited about this one because it is so sexy. We filmed it in an ultra modern home in Joshua Tree, California. In one scene, it begins to rain inside the house. We both run outside of the house. It then cuts to a scene of us soaking wet and she begins to seduce me. It was very sexy!

What’s been your favorite shoot to the date and why? One of my favorite shoots I’ve done is a campaign I did for Donna Karan. I was able to work with the legendary Kate Moss. Kate was a fantastic counter part. I found her to be both sexy and funny. She [was] like a grown up little girl…always looking to have fun. I spent Halloween with her in Hollywood a couple years ago, I must say it was a night I will never forget!
Since you’ve worked with several supermodels/fashion icons, have you ever been “star struck”? Working with photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot was pretty exciting for me. These guys are living legends in the fashion world. They have shot every supermodel and celebrity for major campaigns. It was an honor to be in front of their lens.
As a male model, do feel the same pressure as females in the industry in regards to image?
I do feel certain pressures in this industry. Since I started modeling, I’ve had to change my diet greatly. I used to live on fast food. HAHA! Those days are gone. Nowadays it’s all about keeping the six pack. I sometimes feel like I live at the gym.

If you were not pursuing a modeling career, what would you be doing?
I’ve learned a lot from this industry. I’ve learned to appreciate some of the behind the scenes aspects of photo shoots. I would love to be an art director or cinematographer one day.
Have you been to any interesting destinations for shoots?
I recently traveled to Greece. It was amazing! The people, the culture, the food. It was like going back in time.

Lastly, what advice do you have for fashion industry hopefuls?
My advice for anyone pursuing a career in fashion modeling is to stay focused and believe in yourself. It does take a lot of dedication to be a model. The hours are tough and there is a lot of travel involved. Also, one must remember that rejection is a huge part of this industry. You will not book every single job, but then again, no one does. It’s just how the industry works. If you get signed with a strong agency, stay focused and work hard, in time, you will see the payoff.

Great advice Tosh, we couldn’t agree more! Thanks once again for taking the to chat with MyFDB.

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  • Marie Madrid

    We wish to commend your interview with Tosh. The interview was very informative and the photos were a great bonus. Thank you Tosh and MyFDB for sharing your time and our best wishes to all of you in the future.



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