by tish johnson
Model. Elite. Like mother, like daughter: Tagging along with her mom on photo shoots back in Lima, Peru, landed the then-five-year-old in front of the camera and jump-started her career. She has flown fast forward from cute child model to international swimsuit-and-lingerie cover girl, featured in Sports Illustrated and campaigns for Wonderbra, Lycra and LA Fitness. All in a day’s work: “I loved when I did a story for GQ in South Africa. It was a cover and inside story that we shot in the middle of nowhere at a military place. We shot it really fast because I had a flight to catch that day—the pictures were beautiful and very sexy.” Beauty and brains: Gonzales was set to become an architect, after studying the subject for two years post-high school. But it became apparent following a vacation to Miami and a go-see with an agency that she was destined to build a beauty-and-fashion career instead. The ultimate plan: “After modeling, I’d start an agency in Peru and teach models and photographers about the business. I will always keep a house in Miami, because this is my home too.”–Tish Johnson
Just the Facts
Another model who inspires you: Alessandra Ambrosio. She’s beautiful and I love the way she connects with the camera.
A beauty product you can’t live without: A moisturizer from Lancôme called Aqua Fusion
The fashion designer or company you would most like to work with: Victoria’s Secret
What you look for in a guy: A gentleman who treats you like a lady. There aren’t those kinds of men the way there used to be, guys who open the door for you, who you can have a conversation with and laugh. I also think that its important that they enjoy what they do, work and relax.
Where you see yourself in five years: I want to still be modeling and traveling.
The career you would choose if you were not a model: Architecture
photograph by antoine verglas