Photography: Dylan Kruger

Photography: Dylan Kruger


One of the best things about fashion, is the people. Behind this seemingly frivolous world, is a community of dreamers that are attracted to the opportunities this industry presents. Paulo Silva is one of them.

We first met at ModaLisboa—Lisbon Fashion Week—when he made his runway debut for Nuno Gama, the country’s premier menswear designer. He walked off the catwalk and never looked back, landing a modeling contract that saw him travel the world shooting editorials and campaigns for some of our favorite brands. A devoted husband, talented individual and all-round nice guy, I caught up with the as he embarks on his next journey, his own footwear line. — ANGELA GILLTRAP

What do you love most about modeling? I love the possibility of traveling the world; making new friends and experiencing new cultures, it’s wonderful. The work itself is challenging but we are privileged, and should be thankful for having such a great profession.

What have been some of your favorite assignments? Mm... I can’t really say because all of them have been important to me, from sports campaigns to minor jobs. I guess if I had to pick one, maybe I would say my last TVC for Sportscheck. I got to do what I love most: work as a model while training CrossFit. It was non-stop working out, running, jumping... It was a blast!

What has working in the fashion industry taught you? That there’s always someone better than you. You have to keep that in mind, just do your best and relax. What’s yours will come to you. If it was not meant to be, forget it and try another time.

You recently moved to South Africa, what was the reason behind that? I’m half African. I share a blood bond with this amazing continent. South Africa/Cape Town, happens to be the best city in Africa to work as a model. I have been thinking about this for the last four years. This was the right time to come and it’s been amazing so far.

What do you love about it? The culture, the people, the food, landscape. Nature is all around you. It’s paradise on Earth. Sometimes you don’t know if you’re here to work or on holidays.

What does an average day look like, for you? I wake up at 6:30 am, eat my breakfast, go to the park for a morning workout. Come home, take a shower, have a nice meal and hit the castings. At night, I just relax, drink some Cabernet Sauvignon on the porch and watch the sunset. Free days, I go to the beach hike in the mountains.

What other passions drive you? I love Sports and Adventure traveling. I can’t life without sports and I can’t stay quiet in the same place for too long. I need to constantly move. My other passion, is my family, wife, and friends. I love to be around them and can’t stay away from them for a long period. I’m a mama’s boy in a certain way.

When you’re not modeling what do you love to do? Wherever I go, I always try to live like the locals. I’m always looking for something to enrich myself. I love to talk to new people, dine at cultural restaurants.

What do you have planned for 2016? For 2016, I’ll try to work as much as I can on my dreams, and hopefully, see my new brand come to life. I am launching my own shoe brand this summer. Fingers crossed. I hope I get it right!