Fernando Cabral busts a male model myth

Fernando Cabral busts a male model myth

He's a football pro, museum lover and power-nap expert. Fernando Cabral is one of the stars of Erdem x H&M.

Fernando Cabral has proven that blood is thicker than water – and that great genes run in the family – as he and his brother Armando both have become forces to be reckoned with in the fashion industry. Fernando, who's the younger of the two, didn't need a take-off run when entering the industry in 2010, as the first gig he booked was H&M's holiday campaign. Since then, the Portuguese model has walked for some of the biggest brands and raked in campaigns for clients ranging from Balmain to H&M.

This autumn he's one of the stars of the Erdem x H&M campaign, alongside Imaan Hammam, Grace Hartzel, Neels Visser and rising star Ruby Dagnall. We caught up with Fernando Cabral in between shots and asked him to reveal some of his top model secrets.

Most people don't know, but I'm a great football player.


FERNANDO CABRAL
 

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS…
“Nick Knight.”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER…
“The proudest moment in my career had to be my first job ever as a model – starring in a H&M campaign alongside my brother Armando.”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS…
“Visiting museums. I love the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Louvre in Paris.”

MY MODEL ICON IS…
“My brother, Armando Cabral.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
“Just being myself. I don't have beauty secret.”

MY SECRET TALENT IS…
“Most people don't know, but I'm a great football player.”

THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A MODEL IS…
“The most challenging part of my work is travelling often and being away constantly from my loved ones.”

MY GO-TO SONG AT KARAOKE IS…
“I'm not the greatest singer and I don't do karaoke!”

THE QUALITY I LIKE MOST IN OTHER PEOPLE IS…
“I love people that express themselves naturally, humbly and kindly.”

The most challenging part of my work is traveling often and being away constantly from my loved ones.


FERNANDO CABRAL
 

I SMELL LIKE…
“Dark sweet chocolate.”

MY FAVOURITE OFF-DUTY LOOK IS…
“Casually chic.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…
“Working out.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“To take power naps and stay hydrated.”

ONE MYTH ABOUT MODELS I WOULD LIKE TO BUST IS…
“That we're stupid. It's completely false!”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS…
“Maria Azeitona in my neighbourhood Amadora in Lisbon.”

SOMEONE I STALK ON INSTAGRAM IS…
@armando_cabral, my brother’s shoe label.” 

THE BEST LIFE ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“To be myself in every situation and always defend my ideas.”

POST-MODELLING, I WOULD LIKE TO…
“Work for an NGO [non-governmental organization].”

MY CHILDHOOD NICKNAME WAS…
“Toze!”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNT…
“Modelling thought me a lot of patience and discipline; waiting during castings and being on time.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS…
“I’m not much of a TV kind of guy, but I have been obsessed with Narcos on Netflix.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING…
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho.”

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS…
“To eventually open up a school for children in my native home country Guinea-Bissau.”

 

FERNANDO CABRAL 

LIVES IN: New York

AGENCY: Wilhelmina

INSTAGRAM: @fernandocabral07

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