Barbara Fialho is a Brazilian model and singer. It all started at the age of fifteen years, she left her hometown of Montes Claros and moved to the city of São Paulo to work as a model for São Paulo Fashion Week and Rio Fashion Week. Three months later, she moved to New York City to travel the fashion circuit of NY, Milan, and Paris. At seventeen, she posed for Just Cavalli, photographed by Mario Testino and dressed by Carine Roitfeld. She signed with IMG Models in 2011 and now with Marilyn Models.
She has appeared in editorials for Italian Vogue, American, Italian, Brazilian, and Croatian Elle, American and British Harper’s Bazaar, W, Marie Claire, 10 Magazine, Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, Dossier, Esquire, GQ, L’Officiel, Los Angeles Times, Missbehave, Status, and Vulture. She has appeared on the covers of Italian Vogue, Brazilian Harper’s Bazaar, Brazilian and Swedish Elle, and French Numéro. She has walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. 2017 and 2018. She has been their fitting model since 2012.
She has walked the runways for Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, Diane Von Furstenberg, Loewe, Christian Dior, House of Holland, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Louis Vuitton, Jeremy Scott, Naeem Khan, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Rucci, Antonio Berardi, Custo Dalmau, Temperley, Victoria’s Secret and the event Fashion Rocks. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Roberto Cavalli, Givenchy, Missoni, Just Cavalli, Diesel, Levi’s, Macy’s, Amir Slama, El Palacio de Hierro, Meskita, Ugg, and Urban Decay.
She appeared on the James Bond inspired music video of the song “Bright Lights Bigger City” of the American rapper CeeLo Green. She has played guitar since age of none. In 2014, she began studying music at Juilliard School in New York. In 2014, she recorded a bossa nova album produced by Damon Martin in which she sings every song and plays the guitar in some of them. She also released a single in 2017 called Samba e Amor featuring Seu Jorge. In 2018, Fialho collaborated with Jo Mersa Marley, to release a single and music video called Um Beijo, this translates to English as “A Kiss”.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Barbara Fialho an exceptionally talented, supermodel and singer here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, skin care, hair care and her success story.
You were born at Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil. At 15 years of age, you moved to the city of São Paulo to work as a model for São Paulo Fashion Week and Rio Fashion Week. Three months later, you moved to New York City to travel the fashion circuit of NY, Milan, and Paris. At 17, you posed for Just Cavalli. This propelled your modeling career to the height where you have been at the top of the world of fashion and glamour modeling. Tell us more about your journey of hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
Everything started very fast. One day I was going home from school, like every normal teenager and I was scouted. Before social media it was up to luck that someone would find you in a small city like Montes Claros, north of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Or perhaps a modeling, beauty contest. But with me, that was the story. Just like that. The scout gave me his contact and said I should contact him and do a modeling class. I did. Then I did a photo shoot, for my “book” a portfolio where everything starts in the modeling industry.
At least back then… Those photos ended up at a modeling agency’s desk in São Paulo, just as few weeks before São Paulo Fashion week. They loved me for high fashion and especially being new face and I ended up walking over 20 shows right away. There were agents from NY watching, and three months later I was in NY. I believe my secret to success and to where I have gotten in my life is endurance and perseverance. I believe my personality has been taking me further than any other skill, and I believe that it’s because of my passion to see everyone around me happy and smiling. I believe if you are joyful everyone around you will feel it.
It is a dream for a model to feature at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. You have walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. You have been their fitting model since 2012 and have posed for their brand. Elaborate more about this amazing and inspiring journey with this Iconic brand?
It was an unforgettable experience that changed my life forever. I started working with them as a fit model and I became very passionate about it. It was an incredible journey to see all those outfits come to life from start. When I started working for Victoria’s Secret I reached a demographic and a space I never thought could be possible for me and I made so many dreams come true and it open so many doors for my life so I will forever be grateful for that opportunity.
Those were some of the best years of my life seven years of beauty and fantasy. I’ve always been very curious, so I became very passionate about the process I got to know every artisan I fell in love with each step of the way.
You are a world-leading media personality, supermodel, influencer, and brand ambassador. How do you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
Before I was a mother I have to say, I had no idea what real multitasking was. Now however all I had to say to every single mother out there is, WOW! I salute you I stand with you, and I am proud of you for all your hard work.
Now back to the question, I believe every woman reading this interview and every woman that we know is an absolute artist on multitasking. I am so very blessed to have the help of my mother, she lives with me and is a huge part of my team. She helps me with Maria, my beautiful daughter. I also have my father with me. He helps me with my logistics.
Making sure my mom and Maria have everything that they need while I’m away working. I created a workout schedule where I need to give myself at least three intense good workouts a week, and I try to live life by 70% healthy and 30% indulgent I try to have that balance because I love chocolate, I love some sweet sometimes.
I want to be much more present this next year with my social media platforms. I will be releasing all the new music and a album I worked on during the quarantine in Brazil. It was such a beautiful moment of solitude between my daughter and I. The new record will come out in February 2022.
I always think I can do better and more. Maybe the secret is that I’m hipper active! 🙂
What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you may wish to share?
Jumping rope to my favorite playlists is my favorite go to while traveling. It helps me keep in shape no matter where I am.
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