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Federico Spinas simply isn’t a model like any other. He’s a boy whose philosophy
of life is: ‘If you really believe in something, you can really make it happen’. All the way from
Sardinia, he walks down the catwalk for the best fashion houses and unveils the ins and outs of the
most talked about kiss of the past year to TheCornerZine.
Can you tell us how your career got started?
When did you realize things were really working out?
When I was confirmed for the D&G adv campaign with the top model Bianca
Balti. I was the only Italian guy!
You never forget your first. Last year, you were on one of the most
talked about covers ever. Vogue Italia - Il bacio Issue. You were with Mariacarla Boscono. How was
To me, it represents the best revenge of my life. It had never happened that an
Italian boy was photographed for the cover shoot of Vogue Italia. I think having done it, for the September
issue, with Mariacarla is enough to describe how important it may have been not only for my career but also
for the Italian fashion system.
What’s the shooting you remember with great pleasure? Any peculiar event
that, on set, has occurred to you?
The first time I was on a set for Vogue Hommes with Alasdair McLellan, that’s one
of the shootings I’ll never forget! I decided to skip Paris Fashion Week, as it was my first time being
photographed for Vogue. When I got on the set, an assistant asked me if I was a model or a member of the
team: It was funny, really funny!
What’s the most exciting show you have worked for? Have you ever refused
to wear anything or you’re always super professional?
For sure, the Vivienne Westwood show in London! I opened it and I have to say
being part of such a casting has truly been stimulating! I’ve never refused to wear anything. I think our
work is about making any garment salable, in spite of how crazy or strange a garment can be. My work is to
make it mine and feel completely at ease, like a chameleon adapts to the surrounding environment!
Being a model, you travel a lot. What’s your travel outfit?
I prefer traveling in cozy and comfy outfits, but I always try and stay true to
my style! For example, a coat, a sweatshirt and a pair of baggy trousers! The most simple things, they
Speaking of travels, what’s the most beautiful place you’ve
Among all the trips I’ve taken, Morocco will always have a place in my heart. I
love its culture, its food and, overall, its breath-taking landscapes. Another impressive destination is
Sarajevo. I recently went there to receive a Fashion Award for Versace and it was the first time I brought
my mum with me. The best thing about my job is being able to share beautiful moments, like that one, with
the people I love.
Which piece of advice would you give to a boy who really wants to pursue
a career in modeling?
Don’t take this job too seriously and don’t be as stubborn as I am. At the end,
it’s all a matter of destiny! As for me, I think it was in my DNA.
Besides the shootings and fashion shows, you surely do a lot of
castings. What’s your attitude in a casting like? Do you have a trick for attracting clients? What’s
your 'casting look’?
To be honest, in the last few years, I’ve only been doing a few castings, that
are selected with my agent Ruggero from Elite Model Milano. You have to know how to catch, in a few seconds,
the attention of someone who knows almost nothing about you. I always try to be myself in the way I act, I
walk and I dress…
How important are social networks for you? Do you like them?
The social networks, and especially Instagram, have become a fundamental part of
my work. I was lucky as I understood it straight away. In fact, I’ve been building my social media presence
since the very first day. I have to say that, in a lot of situations, they’ve helped me a lot, even though
it’s nice to have a break and live without them sometimes.
In spite of the years and experience, what do you feel when you walk
down the catwalk at fashion week?
That’s the feeling I prefer. I love fashion week, it’s a little bit like being a
rockstar for a few weeks! Even though I’ve walked in a lot of shows, the sensations you perceive when you’re
about to leave the backstage and walk down the catwalk is just inexplicable!
If you weren’t a model, what would you be?
I answer in the same way I would have answered 5 years ago: astronaut, NBA
player, pro surfer or musician. Life’s beautiful, because if you really believe in something, you can really
make it happen.
Perhaps, not everyone knows you’ve studied, for 4 years, at a
conservatory. Can you tell us about this experience, your relationship with music and your musical
In my life, music is of vital importance. Who knows me can tell you I live with
my headphones on. For a while, I’ve been thinking about establishing a partnership with Monster Beats as I
was into changing my headphones many times a year. I’ve studied classical music for 4 years. Back then, I
used to play the clarinet and saxophone. When I was in high school, I started producing house music with my
best friend. We got featured, on BBC Radio 1, with Robin Schulz and played at 3 festivals. If you really
believe in it, you can make anything happen in your life. You don’t need money or help, you just need
creativity and, overall, a lot of personality! At the moment, I listen to a lot of hip hop and trap music,
but I don’t disdain rock or disco music.
Any projects for the future?
For sure, I want to keep on dreaming big and traveling all around the world for the rest of my life. I launched a small business with my brother and it’s going very well. Moreover, I’d like to have a contract with a major brand. One more thing I dream of is being able to open a foundation to help kids who can’t afford to practice any sport or cultivate their passions, I’d like to give at least some of the luck I had in the past to others.
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