Iggy Goncalves is an entrepreneur, personal trainer and former model. The native Brazilian shares an insight into the importance of working hard to achieve your dreams and what he has planned for the future.
YOUTH and ROLEMODELS
How was your youth, did you have a role model growing up?
I had a very healthy and educational up bring growing up in Boston, Massachusetts. My role model growing up was my big sister – a prime example of someone who is extremely well rounded.
Do you remember your first crush?
I do, it was a girl in kindergarden. She later cheated on me with a boy in 1st grade LOL
Growing up, what formative experiences shaped you to become the person you are today?
Growing up I was exposed to a diverse group of people of all social classes. I was also an avid church goer and together with my mother and father’s discipline it helped structure my life around respect, integrity, and love. In my adult life I’ve also had the privilege of traveling to many different places. I know that has helped me broaden my horizon allowing me to grow and appreciate who I am and what I have.
What advice would you give to your adolescent self?
Probably to work harder in school, I did well but I feel I could have done better if I applied myself more.
Mind or Muscles?
In a partner? MIND, there is nothing more attractive than someone who is intelligent, kind, and confident.
“I think we need to educate ourselves and our peers of what’s going on in the world, so we can come together.”
As the owner of a model management firm and ex model what do you think are some of the
biggest obstacles the industries face in the endorsement of positive body image?
Models need to be an ectomorph body type. Many girls who are in between ectomorph and mesomorph try to defeat science to reach the sizes that a model needs to be. I think there just isn’t enough people calling the shots correctly and educating these girls that it just isn’t meant for them.
What motivates you to maintain such a strict health and fitness routine?
I’ve embraced this lifestyle since my adolescent years so it comes naturally. Today, though, I’d say I’ve disciplined myself to go the extra mile because I serve as a motivator and inspiration to my clients.
As a native Brazilian, what can we do as a queer community to assist in the changing
socio-political environment in Brazil?
I think education and compassion goes hand in hand. I think we need to educate ourselves and our peers of what’s going on in the world, so we can come together. Not as queers but as people.
Do you think there’s a stigma associated with being a model on instagram, if so how do you
I’ve seen memes making fun of individuals who are not signed to a reputable agency. The way I see it is, this is your private account, you post and do what you please regardless of what stigmas are out there. Do what makes you happy and don’t worry what others have to say so long as you are not hurting or offending anyone.
How do you keep a check on your emotional and mental health?
I constantly remind myself that I am blessed and should be grateful.
“MIND, there is nothing more attractive than someone who is intelligent, kind, and confident.”
What have you learnt about yourself this year?
That I’m okay when things don’t happen my way. Basically letting go of things I can’t change.
What upcoming modelling talent and athletes excite you for the future?
At the moment, I’m really rooting for models Gizele Oliveira and Bruna Lirio. They hold a warm place in my heart.
Fitness goals for 2018?
I’d like to do my first physique competition.
Do you have any future projects that you can tell us about?
I have a few things in mind, I’ll be sharing it via social media so stay tuned.