First Look: Made In Brazil #7

November 12th, 2013 Posted by jonathanshia comments (11)

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Made in Brazil #7 Cover: Rodrigo Calazans by Cristiano Madureira for Made in Brazil #7, November 2013

In the age of Tumblr, the veneration of models has reached its apotheosis. Countless sites dutifully catalogue every runway appearance, e-commerce job, and street style shot, all in celebration of the young and the beautiful. But from its start, Made in Brazil was something different. With its careful curation and clear editorial perspective, the website, devoted to Brazilian models, offered a specific point-of-view that added depth to the constant stream of images. So when founder Juliano Corbetta decided to launch a magazine in 2010, it was no surprise that it would be equally invigorating.

In the years since Made in Brazil’s first issue, the publication has featured a slew of the South American powerhouse’s best and brightest, from Evandro Soldati, Thiago Santos, Arthur Sales, Marlon Teixeira, and Francisco Lachowski to the Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio. But what has set the magazine apart from others is its personal, intimate nature, coupled with a casual aesthetic that adds warmth to the often-stunning photography. For the new issue, out this week, Corbetta decided to take a moment to reflect. “When I started working on the seventh issue, the idea of generations and going back to the beginning came around,” Corbetta explains about the latest edition, which features a serene Rodrigo Calazans on the cover. “I wanted to go back to the main concept behind the magazine, which was to celebrate Brazilian male models above all, and put them front and center.”

That idea of the backward glance finds its clearest expression in a retrospective of sorts featuring a wealth of images of Soldati from photographer Cristiano Madureira‘s archive, going back over a decade to the model’s earliest Polaroids. We track Soldati’s maturation from fresh-faced teenager into strong-jawed adult, offering a uniquely expansive view of a time-tested career. Teixeira also contributed a series of personal images as he hits the waves, coolly surfing through a curve of luminescent blue. For Corbetta, finding new ways into the lives of the models he features is one of the key distinctions of Made in Brazil. “All of that is a throwback to how we started, with the boys very involved in the concept and the creation of the issue.”

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Evandro by Cristiano for MIB #7, archive from 2002 to 2013′s new shoot

One feature that is sure to find lots of love on Tumblr is Lachowski’s opening editorial, shot in gorgeous black-and-white by Greg Vaughan and styled by Matthew Marden. Corbetta notes that this is Lachowski’s first major story since the birth of his son, and the model brings a new grown-up sensibility to the arresting images. “He is a big part of how the magazine started, and was the cover of our second issue, and I hadn’t worked with him in over a year,” Corbetta says. “In that time he became a dad and was doing a lot of more commercial work, so I decided to cast him for one of the main fashion stories to make sure he would have a more fun day in the studio, and for us to do something we hadn’t done together yet.”

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Coming at the same time as several major changes in Corbetta’s personal life, this seventh issue also marks a transition point of sorts. “For the first time, I felt like I didn’t need to prove anything anymore and could afford to experiment a bit more, and after several big productions, I could go back to the simpler and freer images that started the magazine,” he explains. “This issue is about wiping the slate clean.” Despite the challenges of producing an independent publication twice a year, Corbetta says that it has been an undeniably rewarding experience. “The greatest part of doing the magazine is the response and the support from the fans, and knowing that many people collect the issues and place them on coffee tables along with photography and art books.” As he looks ahead to the next round, he remains well-aware that his path so far has been, in many ways, a fortunate one. “It just happened, and never in a million years did I imagine when we launched the first one that I would even get to do a second issue, let alone a seventh.”

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Rafael Desimon, Rafael Dzik, Lucas Berbetz Photographer: Marcio Simnch Stylist: Daniel Ueda

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Rafael Lazzini and Alexandre Lazzini (top image), Lucas Coppini and Luis Coppini (bottom image) Photographer: Cristiano Madureira

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Lucas Cristino Photographer: Greg Vaughan Stylist: Michael Russo

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André Bona in an homage to Mapplethorpe. Photographer: Stewart Shining Stylist: Christian Stroble

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Jean Carlos Santos, Rodrigo Braga Photographer: Michael Schwartz Stylist:Maher Jridi

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Caio Cesar Photographer: Greg Vaughan Stylist: Matthew Marden

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Rodrigo Calazans Photographer: Cristiano Madureira

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11 Comments

  1. The Swede says:

    I just spat out my morning coffee. Wow! after 3 years and 7 editions. There is finally a coloured model featured in the MIB mag.

  2. milex says:

    I would like to be a part of this photoshoot
    http://milexblog.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Prince says:

    I want to love MIB so much, but the consistent exclusion of dark skin models bothers me so much. You guys are repping BRAZIL, a country with more beautiful men of all shades than any other in the world.

    You should be ashamed of yourself for being part of Brazil’s institutional racism.

  4. Made In Brazil says:

    Showcasing more diversity both in terms of age and ethnicity was one of the main goals with this issue, and if you pick it up you will probably see a significant difference. Keep in mind that there are 200 pages and a lot more than what you are just seeing here.

  5. Brad says:

    I agree it’s nice blog. There is no need to force diversity or tokenism because it’s never been part of the editors vision/taste of models. It’s clearly reflected on his social media outlets, blog.

    A very successful model told me that gorgeous mixed or afrobraz models are not aesthetically appreciated among gay/straight Euro Brazilians working in media, fashion, stylists.

  6. TeeVanity says:

    Wow I am so getting this.

  7. GP says:

    Rafael Lazzini is getting gorgeous. Why he doesn’t get more jobs?

  8. tomas k says:

    In response to Brad: African Americans were excluded in the US publications for the longest time because it “it was not part of the editors vision/taste of models.” It was not right when it happened here in the past and it should not viewed as appropriate or acceptable today, here or in Brazil.Perhaps editors needs to remove their blinders or grow some balls.

    The comment you report regarding what is aesthetically appreciated underscores pervasive institutional racism, and that is sad commentary on the “gay/straight Euro Brazilians working in media, fashion, stylists” who support and perpetuate it.

  9. Lisa Kauffmann says:

    Brazil has been a source for amazing male models for over 25 years. Sergio Melo (Kouros by YSL) Ricardo Ramos (Valentino by Olivier Toscani) and Jens Peter (Armani) were all top male models from Brazil who opened the doors for the newer generations. It is the mixture of European/ African/ Indian that make Brazil such an amazing place to find models, both male and female.

  10. Gabe R B says:

    Does one have to be Indian or African to be amazing?

  11. George says:

    I agree that the editor’s vision is one that appreciates models that are light in skin color and/or eye color; so be it. But to be fair, if any model of color, mostly women, are featured in something that meets the high standards of his critical eye, they are usually featured on the blog. This is where I begin to have an issue. He is SO critical of other Brazilian magazines and styling that he opens himself up to the same demanding standards. So here we see an Afro-Brazilian male model featured in the 7th edition of the magazine and he has on a baseball cap turned backwards holding on to a chainlink fence straight out of the Bronx. I was a little disappointed. Every Made in Brazil edition has the money shots; those very beautiful or erotic pictures that make the magazine unique. They are the images that blow up on Tumblr or on Facebook. Listen I love the blog though less and less as time goes by because of the critical tone, and I applaud it’s growth and the editor’s growing stature. I hope that when the right Afro-Brazilian models come along that he will give them the money shot and help change how people work and think about models of color. He already has enough power to do it.

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