Special Feature an In-depth Interview
By Moises Ravelo
As I sit and look at Ramiro’s picture, I am reminded of my own youth, and I find a sort of familiarity between me and young Ramiro’s innocent wide eyed look that can only come from someone that hasn’t been through the meat grinder of life, sort of speak. Maybe the meat grinder is not meant for everyone. Perhaps, it’s just a special treat for the few, the most deserving lots of miscreants. To say that Ramiro looks like Michael Angelo’s statue of The David is a cliché, but never have I spoken truer words. And, if I am lying then may the Greek Gods strike me down.
Ramiro’s eyes have a certain brightness and sparkle that only kindness and hope can bring. The kind of eyes that is indicative of a life well lived and of a mind filled with the natural opioids endorphins it produces. He exudes carefree, even as you notice that he is a man with drive, determination and many dreams. Looking at him made me feel young and hopeful and long for the days where I was the same. With an intense feeling that everything and anything good is possible. And of that wonderful false feeling of immortality that makes you dare to do unthinkable things, curious enough to take risks and a willingness to make choices regardless of the consequences.
Those are the privileges of youth. Ramiro seemed relaxed when I interviewed him without a trouble in the world. It was refreshing and comforting to see.
I asked Ramiro what his childhood was like growing up in MONTERREY NUEVO LEON MEXICO? He didn’t say it but he didn’t have to, I could easily tell by the way he spoke that he came from a very well to do family and was brought up right. As suspected, he said of his childhood that, “it was the ideal and story-book perfect childhood.” I was relieved and happy to hear it.
I asked him if he ever did anything about his childhood dream to be a model. His response was, “YES! I began to exercise at 15, against my families wishes with the idea that I would model someday.” I thought I understood why his family opposed in a nonsensical way him exercising at 15. It’s all due to a Hispanic ancient old wives’ tale that dictates that consequences of exercising especially weight training is stunted growth. Which in hindsight I had a flashback and thought I can’t believe I fell for that one. But, Luckily Ramiro didn’t and so exercise he did, old wives’ tales be damned.
I was wondering what became of his childhood dream to be a model and if he stuck to his end of the deal with his parents. So, I asked just that and Ramiro responded, “nothing happened with modeling then I was a child and I was being patronized. I ended up going to university and graduated with a degree in architecture and suddenly I found myself working as an architect which I did for 5 years.”
I asked what happened to that little boys dream of being a model, he said, “I shelved those feelings and my modeling ambitions for a while, even though I was continuously propositioned by modeling agents whilst working as an architect.”
I found that revelation to be a sad at first but then he said, “after my fifth year of working in architecture the impossible happened. I received a very considerable offer that I couldn’t pass up mainly because of the money offered and I felt that inner desire to be a model creaping up again. Especially after having been offered that insane amount of money.” I thought yup! sounds about right an insane amount of money could resurrect anyone, thing or idea faster than Jesus Christ could. Then he said, “it was from that point on that I was doing what I always dreamed I would do and making a good living at it.” He was with a modeling agency for many years called, Rafael Zuñiga models, 18 years to be exact until he moved to México City.
After conquering the modeling world in Mexico Ramiro decided to move to Europe to expand his career. The European modeling world is a bit more competitive I often hear. So, I asked him “was that the moment when you turned your focus in to self-promoting on social-media? He said: “yes! Social-media was a way to express myself artistically which I found necessary for the soul and helped me to restart my career.” I asked him if his career today is where he would like it to be? He responded, “not yet but I have a substantial following and fanbase, so it’s only a matter of time before I will be back on top.” I couldn’t have agreed with him more. I have no doubt Ramiro will be able to achieve all that he desires. He has shown that he knows the power of social media and knows how to use it well. So, I believe even if modeling wouldn’t be his Plan A tomorrow, he has a wealth of people ready to follow him in any endeavor he wishes to pursue. After that wonderful chat I gave him my most heartfelt appreciation for his time and devotion to this project. And, we said our good nights.