WHEN DOROTHY FOUND HERSELF LOST IN THE LAND OF OZ SHE WAS GIVEN THE DIRECTION TO SIMPLY FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO THE EMERALD CITY. DOROTHY WAS JUST A LITTLE GIRL AND DID AS SHE WAS TOLD. WHICH WAS GOOD FOR HER BECAUSE THAT YELLOW BRICK ROAD DID EVENTUALLY BRING HER TO THAT MAGICAL CITY WHERE SHE MET THE WONDERFUL WIZARD AND, FINALLY, A WAY TO GO BACK HOME. GOOD FOR HER. BUT NOT EVERYBODY THINKS YELLOW IS THE WAY TO GO.
We introduced you to Gael Maltos in January this year. Gael origins from The Valley, an area located in the southernmost tip of Texas along the northern bank of the Rio Grande. But currently he lives in St. Charles, Missouri, where he attends the Lindenwood University for a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science. As you might recall, Gael had a dream. His dream was to be one of the Andrew Christian models and participate in an underwear campaign. With that goal in his mind he has been working hard on his modelling portfolio, which eventually brought him to BeautifulMag.
Though his studies are still his first priority, Gael Maltos spends every free moment increasing his modelling experience. With quite some opportunities under the belt he hopes the offers will keep coming, to just live his life and to explore every which direction he might be send to. Gael is a smart guy and isn't afraid to make mistakes. He doesn't dwell on the negatives or the what ifs, and usually simply follows what is right. A man with his own vision, Gael isn't the person to simply follow the yellow brick road. No, if given the chance, he will take the red brick road. And that is exactly what he did not long after his first appearance on BeautifulMag, when he found an opportunity to partake in an Andrew Christian contest.
Not long after Gael Maltos first appearance on BeautifulMag he auditioned to be Andrew Christian's twerking throphyboy. He submitted a video which ended up getting most votes which resulted in Gael being flown into Los Angeles to not only hang out with some beautiful and talented guys but also to be part in Andrew Christian's Jocks In Jocks video. Gael recalls: "At 1st when I arrived on set, I was a bit nervous, I had never worn a jock strap, but that was the least of my concerns, I had no idea what to expect and felt the guys might be slightly reserved, shallow and not that friendly, but I was entirely wrong. It was kind of awkward at first I almost didn’t want to make sudden movements or get noticed but as soon as one of the models said hi, everyone else did. After that I felt welcomed and broke out of my shell a bit."
Taking part in the video was an amazing experience for Gael Maltos. And a dream come true. " I’m very grateful for the experience; I got to meet wonderful people like the designer himself, the models, whom I still keep in touch with as well as the crew like Sebastian D. Moreno who’s in charge of all the social media aspects of the brand. it showed me how much work goes into making it. So if given the opportunity would I do it again, heck yeah!" Though it was his dream to feature in an Andrew Christian video, Gel has also experienced that this has increased his popularity on social media. Still Gael sees himself as an average guy who has his flaws, just like everyone else. No matter if some recognize him on the street.
With his two objectives fulfilled, what is next for Gael Maltos. As far as future plans, he plans on graduating and to continue his studies to earn his masters degree. Regarding modelling, Gael feels more and more comfortable in front of the camera: "It very much is a transition and not as easy as it seems. Many people have this idea of modeling just being a pretty face and nice body in front of the camera, and that it magically comes together, but it’s not. I won’t lie though some models do possess much more striking and memorable features, but I truly am just an average guy from the valley so for me I’d say it takes some time to adjust and be comfortable on set. Looking back at my previous shoots I was more of just a pose and pose kind of guy hoping I would land a good shot, as to where now, there is more of a fluid subtle change in expression and angle that I shift to, essentially enhancing the likeliness of having more great shots." Gael has a good head on his shoulders and uses it to explore every direction he might be send to. He isn't afraid of taking the wrong direction. He chooses his own red brick road with concern as he follows his heart in doing what he loves most. –BM-
Photography by Thomas Blue.
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