Model of the Week: Maria Miguel is the Portuguese skateboarder conquering the catwalks

Maria was shot exclusively for MODELS.com by Mitch Ryan. Maria wears model’s own clothing and K-Mart. Thanks to José Morais.


interview

Name:
Maria Miguel

Agency:
L’Agence (Lisboa – mother agency)
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Uno Models (Barcelona)

Age:
18 years

Height:
180cm (5’11”)

Instagram:
@mariamiguel.a

Place of Origin:
Braga, Portugal

Ethnic Origin:
100% Portuguese :)

Birthsign:
Libra

How discovered:
I would get scouted a lot before I started modeling but I wasn’t sure if it was really something I wanted to do until, one day, I met up with L’Agence and signed with them (after winning the agency’s contest, L’Agence Go Top Model).

What was your first modeling job?
It was a shoot. I was so nervous and had no idea what to do. The photographer did help out but it was just something completely different for me.

Favorite things:
My favorite thing, when I have some time to be at home, is, probably, just to chill with my family and friends, in general, playing and watching football (soccer). Football in general is something that I’ve really enjoyed ever since I was about three and haven’t stopped liking it since then. I also really like wakeboarding, skateboarding and snowboarding!!

What are you listening to at the moment?
I feel like this is an answer anyone would give but I’m gonna give it anyways. Right now Billie Eilish is my go-to but I’ve also been listening to Queen non-stop because I just watched the movie and it’s refreshed my mind on how good their music is.

Favorite movie, tv show:
My favorite movie is "Beautiful Boy,” or any Jennifer Lawrence one.

Favorite designer, fragrance or beauty product:
Favorite designer I really don’t know. There are so many good designers that I honestly don’t think I could pick just one. I’m terms of fragrance, I have had the same perfume for a while, but I have no idea what it’s called or what brand it is, I just know the package and that it’s overpriced, but it smells so so good! Beautiful products is a weird one for me because I’m really careless with those things (I know I shouldn’t be) so the only thing I really use is micellar water to wash my face.

What were you doing before modeling?
I am still in school right now, so before modeling I was still in school. I know what your thinking: “so funnnn”.

What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
I would be in school full time looking to get a degree in business!!

What’s something uncool that you love anyway?
When I skateboard my friends tell me I’m weird.

Favorite modeling experience so far?
I would say fashion month in general because it’s crazy but it was also such a different experience!! I got to see my friends be as exhausted as me everyday so we just bonded over how tired we were!!

What’s the best thing about your hometown/country?
Apart from my friends and family it’s THE FOOD!! I’ve traveled to a lot of places and I still haven’t found a place with food as good as Portugal (maybe I’m biased but try to eat in Portugal and you’ll see)!

Which brand would you really love to model for?
I never set goals. I feel like it puts pressure on myself because if I don’t achieve those goals I will be disappointed. So I prefer to just let things flow and just be thankful for what comes along.

Place you would love to visit:
I really want to go to Mexico. Everyone I know that has been to Mexico tells me it has been the best holidays of their life, so I’m intrigued.

Currently you’re obsessed with/about:
MARIO KART! Believe it or not, I had never played Mario Kart until about two weeks ago. I played once at work with my friend’s Switch and I got obsessed, bought a Switch and I’ve just been playing it every day! The thing is, I normally hate games other than board games, but Mario Kart is THE ONE!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Always be thankful for everything! I think in life we have a lot of things that we take for granted. Recently I’ve started to take time out of my day to appreciate how lucky I am, form the people around me to the opportunities I’ve had, and I’ve just learned to be thankful because nothing lasts forever!

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