LIFESTYLE: Exclusive Catch-Up Interview With Fashion Model And Web Developer - Anthony Lorca.

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A little Re-Cap:
Anthony Lorca is a French model and actor born in Annecy. In 2009, a local model agency director in Geneva scouted 19-year-old Anthony in the street. Anthony Lorca started his modeling career thereby participating in different art, fashion, and commercial projects. At the age of 21 years old, Anthony moved to Paris with the objective of developing his career as a model. He signed with a couple of agencies there and after a series of successful jobs for the French market, he decided to turn abroad to look for an international career. From 2012 to 2016, he has never stopped traveling and to diversify his life-enhancing experience in China, Spain, and even New Zealand. His travels have allowed him to work for a large number of photographers, magazines, fashion catalogs, and commercial advertisements.
The global pandemic really affected many creative individuals negatively globally, We decided to do a few catch-Up interviews with some of our previously featured personalities to see what they have been up to since their feature a few years ago and to also find out how the global pandemic affected them.
Check out his previous feature here
Photo By Adrian Nucelaar
Hi Anthony, It’s time to catch up, But first of all, please Re-Introduce yourself to our fans and readers, telling us more about you and your personal lifestyle.
Hi everyone, I can say that I am an ex-model. I worked for almost 10 years as a professional fashion and a commercial model. I have worked in many countries like France, Taiwan, China, and Spain. Following the Covid, I was unable to continue working as a model and had to find a new activity. For 9 months now I have been working as a web developer. Sometimes I work as a model or as an influencer on certain weekends but of course, not as much as before the pandemic.
How has the global pandemic affected you personally, emotionally, and professionally?
Definitely, and I think like for a lot of people. Covid forced me to completely change my life, to also say goodbye to some of my dreams, and above all to completely rethink who I was, what I was doing, and why I was doing it. The quarantine, the instability, and seeing so many lives lost by this pandemic have been very complicated to live with and I think I have had psychological consequences from it all. I just hope that we can get out of this deadlock very quickly so that I can project myself again.
Photography| Elking Yazno
When did you first have any inclination that you might be model material?
I think it all started when I was 18. I was taller than most other boys my age, slim, had a defined body, and matched the style of other models at the time. It was almost fifteen years ago. My entourage also recommended I try my hand at modeling, without specifying how. I was lucky enough to start modeling shortly after, I must have been 19.
Becoming a model really introduces one major condition into your life which is “Consistency”, Do you think this theory is accurate or not?
It's a good question. I also think that consistency is a key value in being a model. What I have seen in recent years, however, is that the short term is often privileged over the long term and the long career goal is not necessarily the most important factor for today's models. Today we can be known very quickly thanks to social media, create the buzz and earn a lot of money and then disappear. I think everything has changed since I started modeling, the notion of time is not the same, everything goes much faster and it's hard enough to keep pace and think in the long term. Being consistent may no longer be relevant. However, being transgressive, original, or fast seems to be what's important to many models lately.
Photography| Adrian Nucelaar
Where are your roots – The best thing about/to do in your hometown?
I come from a small town. I have always been in contact with nature (and still am). I come from the Alps and have been fortunate to be born around beautiful scenery and have always enjoyed skiing and hiking. I was brought up in a simple family and my parents had to work hard to get what they have today. I have always had simple pleasures and I think I have always had my feet on the ground.
What do you consider your biggest professional success so far?
I think my biggest success was being the protagonist of Nivea's global campaign in 2018. I think that's kind of the Holy Grail a lot of models would love to get.
Photography| Adrian Nucelaar
Has fashion always played a role in your life? If so, how?
For me yes, fashion has always been the most popular artistic expression and the most democratic too. Fashion reflects our time and questions it too. It is always interesting to see how people dress so that they can understand them. I think fashion plays a huge role in everyone's life, even in the lives of those who don't like it or are not interested in fashion.
What do you think about the state of fashion today?
I think fashion is like us, that is to say on standby. Fashion is waiting for the world to be reborn. I also think companies like Amazon or Zara have helped kill fashion by behaving like unfair competitors, offering clothes at unbeatable prices, and killing small businesses and fashion designers. Today I see much less diversity in the way I dress. There is like a dress dictatorship, we are all dressed the same and all pose the same on our Instagram posts. We all think we are different, but we actually act like robots.
Wow, Amazing you should say that because I was saying the same thing to a client of mine recently, about how everyone on social media acts like sheep, everyone is doing the same thing on social media, or when they see what someone else is doing they immediately imitate rather than take inspiration and create something new or something different. which brings me to my next question- How has your perception of the industry changed over time?
I think the fashion industry was a lot more attractive and classy 10-15 years ago. We must imagine that when social media did not exist, television played a much important role than it does today. We saw the fashion catwalks on TV, the big designers, we knew the names of the models, we imagined them as semi-gods. Today fashion does not inspire as before, I have the impression that everything has become commercialized and that we are only seeing the "e-commerce" part of fashion brands. I am not saying that the world before was better before, what I mean is that times were different and the people too.
Photography| David Prades
What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
Probably going to work for 3 months in Taiwan when I was 22, without knowing the country or the agency that was going to hire me. At the time, I had very little experience as a model and when I look back on it I think I was quite unconscious to embark on such an adventure.
Did you discover any new passions while in quarantine?
Not really, honestly. I just remember eating even more than usual (I must have put on 5kg), probably out of frustration. But other than that I was so preoccupied with my personal situation that I kept looking for solutions to try to save myself from it.
Photography| Elking Yazno
Describe your personal style – Favourite Brands/Fragrance?
I have always loved Italian fashion and I have always been drawn to timeless and classy clothes. I particularly like the Ermenegildo Zegna, Luca Faloni, Giorgio Armani, and Prada brands and in terms of perfumes, Chanel and Bulgari are my favorites.
Is there any brand you would love to model for?
I have never worked for an American brand but should the opportunity arise, Working for Calvin Klein would be a dream come through.
Do you have any special talents?
Nothing I can't say here, hehe. But Seriously, I play the piano in my free time, this is something I enjoy doing as we all know music is medicine for the soul.
Have you always been aware of your appeal?
Well...I think I’m like everyone else, sometimes I feel attractive, other times I feel ugly. I think it's quite human.
Photography| David Prades
Lol, I feel you, I sometimes look in the mirror and feel I look like what the cat dragged in. 
So, How do you keep in shape?
Luckily for me, I love sports, I engage in sports activities 5 to 6 hours a week, activities like- weight training, jogging, swimming, I also engage in outdoor activities such as snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, etc. When it comes to my diet, I don't pay attention to things like calorie counting, I just eat healthily.
The world is obsessed with beauty routines, so do you have one?
Yes! hehe, I use a lot (in fact too much) of products for my skin, eyebrows, lips, eyelashes, hair, teeth, etc. It's part of my daily ritual to feel good.
What keeps you feeling positive and motivated especially during these difficult times filled with uncertainties?
This is something that I have worked on a lot since the start of the pandemic. It was very difficult for me to find meaning in my life when everything stopped. I had to find other forms of motivation (that of forming a family for example or buying an apartment). I don't hide the fact that it was difficult for me to stop professional modeling and to stop dreaming of having an artistic career. I think in life you have to adapt to the circumstances and also be grateful to be still alive and continue living, Gratitude is something I take seriously, I am grateful for Life.
Photography| Ruben Lopez
What do you consider the most common stereotype about male models?
I think that there is no longer really a stereotype about male models. I think modeling is now diverse as we now see models from different cultures and ethnicity, although modeling is no longer considered a career in itself. You can be a model and a lawyer, doctor, or web developer. Today the lines are not as clear as before.
Is there anything you would like to change about the modeling industry if given the opportunity?
I think we should collectively ask ourselves what we want from fashion. Today we see that influencers are gradually supplanting professional models. Is this really what we want? The fact that brands are contracting people who have a lot of followers (with the aim of selling more products) or do we prefer real professional models? I think that the loss of attractiveness of fashion as such (I am not talking about luxury brands) may have been induced by too much democratization and too much consideration of economic issues. I would like fashion that really inspires, more diverse, and inclusive fashion. But maybe I'm being too idealistic.
You are absolutely right and I am positive many will agree with you. What advice would you give to aspiring male models out there?
I think this person needs to know that the fashion industry is at a critical juncture. This person will have to stand out and differentiate himself even more than before. And above all, I would advise them not to work exclusively in the fashion industry, but to also work as a commercial model, as an influencer, or to create their own business, because working mainly as a model is not considered a career today.
Photography| Adrian Nucelaar
What are your plans for the future?
In the medium term, I will continue to work as a web developer. Today I have a stability of life that I did not have before. I would also like to start a family in the next 5 years. It is a project that is very close to my heart. I still hope to work as a model and influencer on weekends or in my spare time as this is something I have always enjoyed doing.
When you look back to the start of your career, what would you say has been the biggest hurdle you had to overcome and how did you do it?
The biggest obstacle has always been the economic instability that modeling brings (especially now more than ever). This is why I had founded a marketing agency, apart from my work as a model, in order to gain stability.
Photography| Verónica Ramírez
What are some of your latest and upcoming projects?
The last campaign I did was for the Adam Smith brand. I don't really have any future fashion plans, although I look forward to traveling a bit more in 2022 than I did in 2021.
What are your philosophy and Mantra?
I think everything is relative, that there is no point in worrying and that you have to trust life. It might sound a little naive but I think if you believe in something and stay positive you can hope for a happy life and that's the most important part.
Who would you look to for inspiration when you feel low?
I think that if you are alive and in good health, which in my case, you can always believe in refounding anything. Life is cyclical and has its ups and downs. You just have to accept it. Living cyclically is the key to better mental and physical health, more energy, happiness, productivity, and growth.
Photography| Luis Fornero
Where Can We Follow You?
Instagram- @anthonylorca
Twitter- @Anthony_Lorca
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