Marley Camacho talks about the early steps into the world of modeling

COOL KID. Young model Marley Camacho talks about jumping into the deep end of modeling and the possibilities he might explore in the future

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Models often have to do some pretty challenging things to help create images that look deceptively simple. For Marley Camacho, one of those moments came when he was chosen to join Versus Versace’s spring/summer 2018 campaign that had him floating face up in a pool. It seems effortless, but proved to be quite challenging. Still, the resulting image was definitely cool, and young models that easily embody the idea of cool embraced by a new generation of fashion enthusiasts can find themselves in high demand.

Still, while he has already jumped into the deep end—both figuratively and literally, Camacho still has a vast future in front of him. And whether he’ll remain in front of the camera or try his hand at behind-the-scenes work, only time will tell.

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DAMAN: Hi, Marley; awesome to have you with us. How has 2018 been so far for you?
Marley Camacho: Hi, thanks for having me! 2018 has been great so far.

DAMAN: A couple of months ago we saw you in the new Versus Versace campaign. Let’s start from the beginning: What was the journey like for you to become part of that project?
Marley Camacho: I don’t know if it was a journey, but I was cast with a lot of cool kids from L.A., a few of which I have already worked with. I guess it was just meant to be. Versus wanted cool L.A. kids, so I guess that was the journey: growing up in L.A.

DAMAN: For any of our readers who haven’t seen it yet, the campaign shows you floating face up in a pool. How hard was it to get that final shot?
Marley Camacho: That pool was extremely cold. When I jumped in the first time, I couldn’t breathe. That was my most uncomfortable situation on set ever. Shout out to the photographers.

DAMAN: Almost three months after the campaign was released, what do you remember the most about working on it?
Marley Camacho: I remember having a great time on that set.

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Outfit by Coach 1941

DAMAN: Looking ahead, do you have any other campaigns, shows or major photo shoots lined up?
Marley Camacho: I don’t have anything huge planned, but hopefully I’ll have a couple spots at New York Fashion Week in the fall.

DAMAN: On a related note, what kind of campaign, show or photo shoot would you really love to be part of in the future? Your dream project, if you will…
Marley Camacho: I love streetwear, I love hip hop and I love psychedelia. So, maybe a super trippy fashion video set so some great beats.

DAMAN: Who—models, designers and so on—do you consider your role models in the industry?
Marley Camacho: I don’t even know where to start. I really look up to Bloody Osiris, ASAP Nast, Ian Connor, Jordan Vickors, Skepta … they quench my thirst for amazing outfits. Sean Wotherspoon is a huge one. Models I really look up to are Jazzelle, Slick Woods and my friend Gabriette.

Pants by 3.1 Phillip Lim

Jacket by 3.1 Phillip Lim, pants and boots by Coach 1941

DAMAN: By the way, what was it that first drew you to modeling?
Marley Camacho: I really wasn’t drawn to modeling at first.

DAMAN: Do you still remember when it was that you realized, “hey, this is something I really want to invest myself in”? Or in other words, when was it that you came to the conclusion that modeling was for you?
Marley Camacho: I still haven’t come to the conclusion that this is what I want to do. I have plenty of time to think about it, though.

DA: What would you say is your biggest asset? Which parts of the job come naturally to you?
Marley Camacho: My biggest asset, I guess, would be my down-ness to try out just about anything.

DAMAN: On the flip side, what are some of the things you really struggled with?
Marley Camacho: I used to struggle with loosening up. I still think I look a little stiff sometimes.

DAMAN: If you hadn’t become a model, what would you likely be doing?
Marley Camacho: I would be a senior in high school.

Outfit by Coach 1941

Outfit by Coach 1941

DAMAN: Have you ever thought about trying your hand at any of the behind-the-camera or behind-the-scenes work?
Marley Camacho: I would love to style and I’m going to start being an assistant stylist soon.

DAMAN: This might definitely sound a bit clichéd, but what do you see yourself doing in, say, five years from now?
Marley Camacho: I hope that in five years I will have already walked a few shows, done some bigger campaigns and be assisting big stylists.

DAMAN: Besides modeling what else are you passionate about? What else takes up most of your time these days?
Marley Camacho: I’m a big sneakerhead and I love streetwear, so I’m always staying up to date on that.

DAMAN: So, when you’re not on set, how do you usually dress?
Marley Camacho: I wear a lot of Nike sneakers: Air Max, Prestos. I usually just go with Dickies, a T-shirt and a hoodie. With some sort of bag, I love bags.

Jacket by Coach 1941, pants by 3.1 Phillip Lim


Photography MNM
Styling Azza Arif
Grooming Robert Bryan
Model Marley Camacho/L.A. Models