FORD SUPERMODEL OF THE WORLD 2008FORD Supermodel of the World 2008 (Ford Supermodel of the Year, formerly Face of the 80s) is an international modeling contest established by Eileen Ford in 1980.

The contest showcases young fashion model entrants from over 50 countries in order to discover new talent for the fashion industry. The winner of the international final event receive a $250,000 modeling contract with Ford Models.

The two runners up receive contracts of $150,000 and $100,000 respectively.

Francisco Lachowski got his start when he won the Ford Men’s Supermodel of the

World contest Sao Paulo in 2008.

FORD SUPERMODEL OF THE WORLD 2008

FORD SUPERMODEL OF THE WORLD 2008

Shortly thereafter, he debuted as an exclusive at the fall 2009 Dior Homme show in Paris; he later appeared in a Karl Lagerfeld ad for the brand.

Francisco also walked for Gucci, rag & bone, Dolce & Gabbana, and John Galliano; worked with photographer Walter Pfeiffer for a spread in the spring issue of Vogue Hommes International; and appeared as the “It” boy in DKNY’s new fall prints.

Francisco has worked on many campaigns like T.I for Men, DKNY, Lacoste, Armani Exchange, Etro, Dior, DSquared2, Triton, and Review.

With the face of a baby, body of an athlete, and voice of a much younger (and sexier) Barry White, Brazilian model Francisco Lachowski is well-suited for stardom. Further down in the page you can read a brief Q&A with Lachowski, and then visit the main photo gallery to see loads of on- and off-the-runway pics.

Francisco walking his first runway during the FORD Supermodel contest in Sao Paulo 2008

``A Dream come true``

That’s how Tayane Leão Melo, 14, and Francisco Lachowski, 17, faced the victory in the final program Supermodel Brazil, MTV, which had the boys of NX Zero playing at the party.

The two competed, along with other contestants, for a contract of $ 150,000 in the Ford Models agency, and managed to take the prize home.

FORD SUPERMODEL OF THE WORLD 2008

FORD SUPERMODEL OF THE WORLD 2008

Francisco Lachowski came from Curitiba, Parana, to compete for the prize of the Supermodel. He never lacked confidence. Francisco began by chance when one of his cousins ​​invited him to participate in the contest.

He went to Ford Models in his home town and was enrolled to participate in the Supermodel contest. At 17, Francisco knows that he will still have to struggle a lot. “Now it’s time to invest in my career and leave the party’s a little aside,” he says.

New York Magazine Interviews Francisco Lachowski

Interview Source: New York Magazine

NY MAG: You won the Ford Men’s Supermodel of the World contest in 2008. What was the competition like?

Francisco Lachowski: There were many, many guys in the competition. I felt confident, there were also three or four other finalists that felt confident too. I was very surprised to win. My first thought was, This is just the beginning; the hard work is coming.

Francisco Lachowski: When I first started, I preferred the runway work over the print. It was more exciting it was live and there was energy from the audience. Now I prefer print; I have more fun with it. Runway is very fast and over quickly. With print, you work all day. It is more challenging and you have to work much harder. I also enjoy the freedom I feel with print shoots. I get to give something to the camera and create a great picture that lasts forever.

NY MAG: You were 17 when you shot Dior Homme’s fall 2009 campaign with Karl Lagerfeld, in which you were photographed in nothing but skivvies. Were you uncomfortable at all?

Francisco Lachowski: No, I was very comfortable on set shooting Dior Homme. Karl Lagerfeld was amazing to work with. The crew was so respectful about my comfort

level. I was very excited: It was my first campaign and I wanted to do a good job. The only thing I am uncomfortable with was my legs.

NY MAG: Speaking of, how do you maintain that physique?

Francisco Lachowski: Luckily, the lifestyle of my country, Brazil, is very healthy. Growing up, I was always doing sports: surfing, skateboarding, tennis, soccer, diving with my father … I love water sports. When I was 16, I was so skinny. I went to the gym all day for three months and did weight machines. My entire body changed. My mother told me to stop because I became too strong. Now, with modeling, I don’t really get to work out. I continue to play sports and do mostly cardio. I am lucky: My body has good muscle memory.

NY MAG: What’s your diet like? Do male models diet as often as female models?

NY MAG: Tell us something about modeling most people don’t know.

Francisco Lachowski: If you want to be a good model, you have to work hard. It takes time to learn how to model, feel confident, and make good pictures.

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Photos from the 2008 Supermodel contest in Sao Paulo