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Enrique Palacios, the proud product from Venezuela is shining big on the international modeling stage. Being one of the most popular male models in Latin American countries, Enrique is nothing short of a celebrity. Best known for his campaigns for Armani, Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana, Enrique is making more headlines by marrying British supermodel Naomi Campbell.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Enrique grow up with his younger brother in a fun loving family. Enrique was discovered in his hometown, Caracas in 1995, while Karin Models France was looking for new talents. An agent approached him and proposed the idea of modeling in France. His doubts about living in another country and leaving his family behind rejected the offer. After all the persuasion from the agency and the compromise made on Enrique’s part, he eventually landed in Paris France on January 24th, 1996.
Enrique stayed in Paris for only one year due to personal discomfort and unfamiliarity with French fashion, then moved to New York, joining up with Wilhelmina agency. “In Paris, I made many clients, but it is not easy to have an accent there. I changed the base to New York, where people open the doors to you if you work for them.” In New York, he shared an apartment near Square Union with his then fiancee, a Spanish model named Eugenia Silva. The life was as he recalled as living in the room with a scaling wall, where he got up each morning to prepare himself soon after a cup of white coffee.
The most notable success of Enrique has to be his four-year run of the spokes model role for Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani. Enrique Palacios’s personal understanding for fashion industry gives him eyes and knowledge in terms of campaign selections and right attitude towards work. His self-confidence corresponds to his marketing strategy simply by ignoring the competition in the industry. Being considered a personal friend of Giorgio Armani, there have been some ups and downs over the years of cooperation between the two, including the incident that Enrique didn’t respond to Armani’s initial invitaion due to the tragedy of Vargas in Venezuela.
“Many models have managers that decide by them. I prefer to have the freedom to choose,” says Enrique. The independence that Enrique solely demands in his early career has cost him the job with Hugo Boss, and made him realize the harsh reality of modeling business. When both Dolce & Gabanna and Hugo Boss proposed to him for ad campaigns, Enrique followed up with both companies at the same time, which made the two major fashion houses compete for his spot. The subsequent action was the dropout of Hugo Boss from the competition, and Enrique lost his best opportunity to ever model for one of the biggest male fashion brand names in the world.
The growing influence of Latin culture over the rest of the world is no longer a barrier for Enrique to enter the main stream entertainment business. Currently taking private acting lessons, Enrique is aiming to be an actor in Hollywood. His also has an affiliation with Maria Conchita Alonso, with whom shared an editorial of the magazine W, dedicated to expand the popularity of Latinos into the world. The other hobbies that Enrique has is to ride his Harley motorcycle and eat Sushi.
Over the years, Enrique has appeared in many campaigns, including Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferre, Marshal, White Label, and among others. He resides between New York, Milan and Paris, becoming a regular air flier. His busy schedule cost him the relationship with his former fiancee. But his encounter with Naomi Campbell in the Dolce & Gabbana villa located on the Stromboli Islands during the summer 2001 has led to further romance. Despite of the age difference that Enrique is five years younger, the couple finally tied the knot in the summer 2002.