Text: Cláudia Pinto Photo: Frederico Martins for GQ
Step by step, with one foot in front of the other, Ivo Baldé had been gaining ground nationally and overseas. Ivo’s only been in the fashion world for two years but the young man is already drawing attention.
How did your journey start?
I wanted to follow a path within the artistic environment since I was young. I always liked the acting field. So, one day I gained courage and went to Lisbon for a casting for my agency, Face Models. I started when I was 19 and three months later I went to work in Milan. I’m persistent and I’ve always believed that I could make a career out of this.
Did you imagine being where you are today when you started two years ago?
I remember being in a job interview, two years ago, and being asked where I saw myself five years from then. Back then I already said I wanted to be on the cover of magazines. It seemed a faraway dream but things are really happening. I gradually have more and more jobs. But I know I’m only 21 and that I still have a long road ahead of me.
What has surprised you the most within the fashion world?
First of all, there’s an illusion. I thought it would be a world full of magic, where everything happened easily. But when you’re inside, you have to be smart, focused and highly disciplined. Besides that, I believe personality is very important in this environment. Therefore, I always try to bring good energy and a positive vibe into each job.
What are your biggest dreams?
To make it internationally. I’d also like to focus on acting. And, naturally, go to Hollywood.
I also like the entrepreneurial field a lot. I studied management and I believe that, in addition to talent, there has to be a knowledge base.
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