At an old boxing club in Milan, the incredble Jhonatan Mujica and Davide Farinelli train and warm up to jump on a boxing ring and challenge each other, pushing each other up against the ropes but never throwing in the towel. Yummy has a chat with both models to catch up, to talk about the incredible experience shooting for Yummy Issue Six, and of course, we also dive into their most yummy side.
Photostory by Sasha Olsen interview by Adrian Gomis Exposito
The images is cropped / made safe for online purposes, full images available inside Yummy Issue Six
Hi Davide, it’s so nice to meet you! To kick off, could you tell us about yourself and your upbringing in Modena, Italy?
I grew up in Modena, a quiet and small city where young people don’t have a lot of opportunities if they are not from a rich family that give them the possibility to travel, study in big cities, and have a various experiences. Coming from a really humble family I started to dream big when I was a kid, thinking about my future projects and trying to move from Modena to create good opportunities by myself. Because of this, I started working at the age of 16 as a barman just to make some money to be independent. One day I was chilling with some friends and a scouter stopped me and asked me to join the fashion industry as a model. I felt comfy since the beginning, so I took my bag and left Modena to live in Milano, where everything started.
Did coming from a small and humble family ever stopped you from dreaming big? What was in your mind that you thought you could never accomplish?
Fortunately, my family believed in me from the beginning and they never tied to stop me, what made me more confident about the choices I made. In the beginning, it was really hard to live in Milano because of the high living costs, but I squeezed my teeth and I kept going. Fortunately, all the sacrifices gave me the stability I have now.
I believe you’re doing pretty well now. Have you been able to fight that feeling of being unable to accomplish what you dream about? Have you achieved your dreams and goals or there’s still a long way?
After a lot of ups and downs, I am more determined because I have understood how this industry works. The most important thing I learned is to always be positive and never lose focus. Keeping eating healthy and working out even during quieter periods is the secret for me to keep determined. I I will never be 100% satisfied until I can get better, so I am going to keep working and trying to always reach a higher level. That is my mindset.
What about your modeling career? How did you get scouted and what did that mean to you and how did it change your life?
As I said before, I got scouted on a sunny day chilling with my friends, when a scouter approached me. In the beginning, it was really hard to the point of having to live with other two guys in a small room in the suburbs of Milan, counting the money for food and trying to do my best to always be on point. All of these situations changed my lifestyle completely, and I can say I grew really fast because of the circumstances, but I’m really thankful and happy for this.
I believe you’ve been a full-time model for 5 years now. How were your first years modeling compared to where you’re at now? What has changed?
I can say they changed a lot compared with the first years because at the beginning, even if I had full-time availability, I needed to work as a barman in the night to get some more money to pay for the apartment and food every month.This influenced my routine because sometimes I got really tired, and to rest, I often skipped the workouts. Today I work full time, in my free time I’m able to work out, focus on other projects and have a full mental focus on modeling, so I’m really happy with the progress I have done over the years.
Is it hard to be a model? What requirements do you have, for example regarding your physical appearance? How many times a week do you work out or what’s your routine to meet the high standards of this industry?
Over the years I set my routine with at least one workout a day and eating healthy every day with two free days to eat something different, also to relax my body and don’t let it become too stressful for my mind.
Besides modeling, what other activities do you like to do? Tell us about your passion for martial arts.
’ve always practiced martial arts. I started with karate at the age of 5, then judo, and then I started to move to the world of mixed martial arts. That's when my passion for Brazilian jiu-jitsu started, the martial art that I’m still practicing, and with which I already set some projects for the future.
You shot a really nice story with Sasha Olsen for Yummy and you were also joined by Jhonatan Mujica in a boxing ring in Milan. How was this experience of shooting naked with another model? Did you enjoy it?
I was a little bit stuck with the idea to shoot naked at first, but talking about it with Sasha and Johnathan, whom I know since the beginning of my career because we worked together for Dsquared2 years ago, made me comfier.
I believe this was your first fully nude shoot. Why did you decide it was time to do it?
Definitely, the thing that mostly helped me to enjoy this experience was that I would shoot with a friend that already had more experience in the “naked world.” I loved the story Sasha wanted to do from the beginning, representing a martial arts fight inspired by one of my favorite movies “fight club”. This was definitely the key to making me comfier with that.
How do you feel when you’re naked? Are you comfortable with it, especially if not alone?
In the beginning, I was a lot shyer and the idea to shoot naked never even crossed my mind, but with the experience and the years I started to be more comfortable with my body and also more open-minded to enjoy and understand this kind of art, which matches with the fashion industry.
I’d like to ask you a couple of yummy questions now. What does the word yummy mean to you? What pops up in your mind when you think about it?
When I think about yummy as a word for me means something curious that you want to discover. I connect this word with food, maybe because I’m Italian and we push a lot in our culinary world, so I think about it as a dish you need to discover.
You have a stunning physique, do many people appreciate it on social media for example? Do you receive any compliments or funny comments via DMs?
Yes, sometimes I receive some compliments and appreciation comments on social networks, which are always nice because they make me more confident.
Would you consider yourself a passionate or romantic person during intimacy?
I don’t put myself in any of those worlds because I think when you are in a relationship and you have the power of feeling each other, you must have a shared experience and you have to know when you both can be more romantic or more passionate.
I would like to end our interview by asking you what you look forward to the most in the future and what is the best advice you can give to someone that would like to pursue a modeling career.
I will keep working hard and always try to get better to reach new goals, and always have new experiences. For someone who would like to join the world of modeling, I would like to say to stay strong mentally first because this job is going to put a lot of obstacles in your way and you need to overcome them and try to stay focused also physically because the body and the face are the tools you will need to reach your goals with in this industry. Last but not least, stay positive. This is the key that helped me to still be in this world today.