“I am an eternal learner who believes in only three things in life: true love is all we need; death is certain; and we plant what we reap, since the universe is a constant exchange of energy.”
– Bruno Santos.
Bruno Santos was born in a simple family, from the capital of Minas Gerais, being the oldest son among his four brothers. After a troubled period in childhood, he moved to the interior of Minas Gerais, in the city of Campina Verde, where he moved in with his paternal grandparents and later went living with his maternal grandparents. His childhood was very humble, which left him no choice but to work informally from an early age, a job that ranged from his grandparents’ farm work to helping cowboys on other farms around the city.
In addition to his work and study, Bruno also devoted himself to sports and showed a lot of talent as a soccer and volleyball athlete, which got him an invitation to play for a major league on another city, but his father wouldn’t allow him to pursuit that. In his youth, he worked on student movements, due to his identification with causes neglected by the politicians of the time, mainly in favor of mineral resources and environmental causes.
After a period of time performing the most diverse functions, such as: construction, waiter, salesman, public services, office boy, graphic services, warehouse work, math tutor, accounting and management; Bruno finally entered the modeling career in 2001, where he remains one of the most successful professionals in the industry to this day.
Bruno’s career took its first steps with small jobs and grew into professionalism and international prominence when he received the proposal to go to Paris, all paid when he was 22 years old. During his years in the profession, he has been a model for the agencies: Wilhelmina Los Angeles, Wilhelmina New York, Mega Model Agency Hamburg, I Love Models. Now Bruno is represented by Muse Management, D’Management Group and View Management.
Bruno Santos has done several editorials in his career for companies like Vogue (Vogue America and Italy), GQ (Italian, America, German, and Spanish, Korea), V Magazine Supermodel special, Ocean Drive, Flaunt, Spoon, Citizen K, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan (America, German, Spanish, Brazilian), Celebrity Magazine’s (Ten most beautiful men on the planet issue), Fashion, Arena, Elle, glamour, Cosmopolitan, also several Newspaper articles in Greece, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Poland, USA and all around Latin America. Throughout the years Bruno Santos have done several magazines covers, some of them would be for GQ magazine, Fashion magazine, Harbor Magazine and Fabio Bernardo. Also have worked on great amount of fashions shows for companies like Dolce Gabbana, Armani, Iceberg, Ralph Lauren, Carlo Pignatelli, Rosa cha, Ellus, Ricardo Almeida, Zup and Vistulla.
Bruno Santos have done several worldwide advertising campaigns for Emporio Armani (with Milla Jovovich (Actress) and photographed by Peter Lindbergh), Versace (photographed by Stephen Meisel), Versace Man (Fragrance photographed by Stephen Meisel), Versace (with Christina Aguilera (Pop star) and photographed by Stephen Meisel), Emporio Armani underwear (photographed by Patrick Demarchelier), Armani Collection (photographed by Merk & Marcus), Carlo Pignatelli, Grigioperla intimate apparel, Touch (fragrance), Loreal, Hedken, Brail, Redken, Kappa, Guru, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, H&M and Armani Exchange. Bruno Santos also have worked on advertising for companies like Macys, Saks fifth avenue, Neamen Marcos, Bloomingdale’s, Rosa Chá, Zoomp, Ellus, M. Office, Disritmia, Talento Jóias, Riachuelo, VR (Vila Romana), Mandi, Renato Lorero, Mundo Mix, Vogue Brasil, Caras and Época. Worked on catalogs in his career for many companies like Macy’s, Saks fifth avenue, Neamen Marcos, Bloomingdales, HM and OTTO. Bruno Santos have also work on television commercials for Sony (starred in the main role and was directed by Joe Pitica), Miami Beach diet, Lexus (car commercial USA/global – shot in LA), Triumph (underwear).
Bruno Santos have worked with the best photographers throughout the years, names like Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Klein, Steven Maisel, Cliff watts, David Lachapelle, Annie-Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh, Merk & Marcus and so many others.
But even though he reached the maximum of success in his career, he wanted to take a break from all of that, to reconnect with his roots and live the life of a simple guy away from all the spotlight and focusing on himself. During that time, he worked on his poetry book, working on ecological causes (which he developed his own Amazonian forest on his beach house), and working together with ONGs to help various causes.
As the harassment of international agents -unhappy with his withdrawal of the fashion world- did not cease, he came back active on the international scene, but with moderation, choosing the jobs and focusing on a less insane pace, in order to allow him to return occasionally to Brazil, especially to his refuge in Paraíba.