They are young. Exotic. Models. Portuguese born and raised. And they have the world literally at their feet.

There is a new wave of Portuguese models conquering the top international catwalks. Portuguese Soul announces the new wave of talent with enviable career prospects.


Francisco Faria

Winner of the Model Tour Portugal in 2013, and with a remarkably Latin look, Francisco Faria recently won over the creative double act known as D&G, for whom he modelled at La Scala, in Milan. In Portugal he has modelled for the leading fashion designers. With a promising track record at an international level, he is one of Karacter’s sure bets.



Joaquim Arnell was only 15 when he set foot on the ModaLisboa runway for the first time. Following just a few days later was his debut at Portugal Fashion And he has never stopped since.

No more than a year went by. And Joaquim, who makes his exotic looks his calling card, got his hands on the most coveted passport to success for many models; to be part of the Prada runway show on an exclusive basis. Today, he is part of the select world of the prestigious Italian label. (Photo: Frederico Martins for Portuguese Soul)



Originally from Guinea-Bissau, just like two other major international models of today Armando and Fernando Cabral, We Are Models discovered Rachide at 18, during a studio visit. He has never again left the fashion spotlight and catwalks. In Paris with Lanvin, he reached the highest point of an until this moment short career. This was followed by several campaigns for well-known names of national and international fashion. Rachide is one of the new faces of Portuguese fashion being avidly followed. (Photo: Frederico Martins for Portuguese Soul)


Fábio Tavares

Represented by We are Models, he was until very recently a complete unknown. He modelled for Balmain and came across a host of new opportunities. From one moment to the next, the international fashion world discovered Fábio Tavares. Y-3, Vivienne Westwood and Kenzo are already part of the curriculum of the promising Portuguese model. (Photo: Frederico Martins for WAM Magazine)


Francisco Henriques

From Almada and only 22 years old, Francisco Henriques’s career began in 2013 with the national Fresh Faces Models competition. Since then the career and portfolio of Francisco, Kiko to his friends, have continued to grow at a national and international level.

After just four years he is already the face of several campaigns and lookbooks for labels such as Dsquared2, Harvey Nichols, Salsa, Tiffosi, Quebramar and MO.  Other international labels are already on the horizon.

Fashion is his priority. Kiko is one of the most promising names of the new generation of models from Central Models, the agency that gave us names such as Luís Borges and Sara Sampaio. In this last season, Francisco Henriques was very visible in the Fashion Weeks of Milan and Paris, modelling for several houses of the highest repute. At Milan Fashion Week, Francisco modelled for the prestigious Emporio Armani and Miguel Vieira. In Paris, he was a highlight of the headline-grabbing catwalk shows for Balmain and Hermès.

Hélder Afonso

Originally from Bragança and at 23, Hélder Afonso began his modelling career just four years ago. During this period he worked for brands such as Mike Davis, Fashion Clinic and Takko, and took part in editorials for Wink, GQ Brasil, Elle Czech Republic, Up and Shangay Style.

The last edition of Milan Fashion Week was a high point for Hélder.  After participating in the Fall-Winter 2017 show for Dolce & Gabbana, the model again walked for the label at the fantastic La Scala theatre, where the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Santoria line was introduced.