Sunday, November 13, 2011

Daniel Noriega

Name: Daniel Noriega

Age: 22

Nationality: American (Puerto Rican)

Currently Living: NYC

Why did you get into modeling?  I've always been into arts. I was a dancer since elementary school, and eventually developed a passion for acting. I guess once you get involved in that part of the business modeling seems like something you could do. It wasn't easy at first, I'm very shy person and I'm still working on that. However, I kept working with photographers and letting go of my insecurities and developed a great passion for it as well.

How was it to work with JR?  It was probably the most fun I've had in a shoot. It was very professional. He made me feel very comfortable, we kept talking throughout the whole shoot and we both threw ideas around. It's great when you're working with someone who loves what they do, it's contagious and it helps you tremendously. JR's just like that.

What do you do to keep your body so fit?  I eat pizza every day. Haha! Seriously, though. I go to the gym probably 4-5 days a week, depending on my schedule. I do yoga, dance, and walk almost everywhere in the city! I wasn't kidding about the pizza.

Who is your favorite designer(s)?  Hmm... tough one!! I like McQueen's boldness, but I'd have to go with Dolce & Gabbana (I'm rather biased).

What type of clothing do you wear?  I like to be comfortable, lots of v-necks and jeans in my closet! I like to look good, but I almost never sacrifice comfort for style. I love H&M, Topman, Urban Outfitters... you get the picture.

What are you studying in college? Acting

Who is your idol?  Mariah Carey. She's been through a lot. She's been up and down, but she's never stopped. Whenever I'm going through rough times I listen to "Can't take that away (Mariah's theme)" and it brings me peace. Cheesy, I know. Plus, I have a weakness for high notes, and she's the queen!

Your favorite famous model?  Raina Hein. I don't know how well known or unknown she may be, but that girl is perfect. I should have a favorite male model... damn.

Favorite TV shows:  South Park, Family guy, 30 Rock, ANTM.

Thoughts on nudity:  I love nudity. I feel freer whenever I shoot nude. It used to make me feel very self-conscious, but the human body is a beautiful thing. Of course there could be a fine line between artistic and vulgar, but I like to be a "go there" person. At the end of the shoot I feel empowered. Some people have asked me if I'm worried about taking nude pictures and then making it in the business as an actor, to which i reply by saying that I love my body and there's nothing wrong with nudity, it's simply natural.

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