Rafael is one of several Dominican models to pass through the studio this year. Through one of our earlier models, Alejandro, we have made connections with the organizers of a major international male pageant. As a result, we have had the opportunity to work with a number of contestants and winners in the Misters of Dominican Republic contest.
Yes, we're in New York City and the Dominican Republic is a thousand miles south in the Carribean. But Rafael illustrates the dynamic at work here. Many of these models (and representatives of their country) either find their way through New York City on business or, by rules permitted in the contest, are currently residents of the United States. Many, like Rafael, are part of a sizable Dominican community in metropolitan New York City. (Don't quote me on this, but I suspect that after Santo Domingo and Santiago,, Nuevo York may be home to the third largest Dominican community in the world.)
Tall, dark, and classicly Latin-handsome, Rafael is currently representing his hometown in the national competition. And Dominican-Proud he is. He has resided in Florida and New York since arriving from the Dominican Republic several years ago but it hasn't diminished his sense of nationalism and pride of birthplace. Rafael is a proud son of the Dominican Republic and, now, of Queens, New York, as well.
We wish him well in his endeavors and hope to see him back in the studio when he's picked up another title!
Click here to visit our gallery of work with this ambitious Caribbean model.