A.G.E. As a model and fighter, how do you balance the physical demands of training for fights with maintaining your appearance and physique for modeling jobs?
M.S. Both activities I'm involved in have one thing in common – they are very dynamic and challenging. I'm driven by passion and discipline, and that's how I manage to balance them. Luckily, Muay Thai is a perfect sport to keep my body in shape, and even though I'm always on a diet, the workouts allow me to have a lean and not overly muscular body, suitable for modeling.
A.G.E. Modeling and fighting are two very different industries. How has your experience in one field influenced or enriched your approach to the other?
M.S. You are absolutely right; they are two completely different sectors. Through Muay Thai, I have acquired confidence and self-esteem, which helps me when I'm in front of the camera or the photographer's lens. Determination is also an important factor that I have a lot of, which contributes to my success in both fields.
A.G.E. Focusing on your facet as a model, what's the most exciting part about it? Why do you like this field?
M.S. First of all, as a good Italian, I love fashion and dressing well. I care about my clothes, and when I go out, I like to look a certain way. So being close to this world gives me the chance to satisfy myself. I love going on set and taking pictures. When I did the editorial for Icon, Giampaolo Sgura took my photos, and his valuable advice at the beginning helped me a lot. It gave me the confidence to continue on this path because he saw great potential in me.
A.G.E. Following the modeling topic, you shot with Sasha Olsen for Yummy 7. How was the experience, and how do you feel about being in Yummy?
M.S. Shooting with Sasha was a sublime experience. He's an amazing and skilled photographer, very professional. Additionally, it was my very first time posing naked, and Sasha made me feel comfortable from the very first shots, resulting in top-notch photos.
A.G.E. How was the experience of posing naked for the first time? What's your opinion about nudity and how do you feel about it?
M.S. In the beginning, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical, but then I really enjoyed the experience. I had the chance to visit a new city. Lisbon is amazing! It was a great experience, and the shots gave me a feeling of freedom in its purest form.