Instagram : @danielecarettoni
Where do you live and work? What's it like living and working there?
I moved from Milan to New York, and now I mostly work in the East Coast US market. Sometimes I still travel back to Europe, but in general, most of the clients prefer not to fly models overseas, unless it’s a big production… And it’s a pity because, especially in Italy, it’s easy to create something beautiful. Working in New York is amazing: great budgets, many talented people from all around the world, unlimited possibilities, good organization; the difference is that here doing everything is a little bit more complicated than anywhere else. In fashion and everyday life too…
Can you tell us about your modeling career?
I started modeling during university. I was playing studying and playing basketball, and I wanted an extra income. At the time modeling were easy money and a lot of fun. Slowly it became work, and when I got the bachelor's degree in IT, I decided I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in an office, in front of a computer. So I started traveling and modeling at a different level, with a different attitude, full time. This happened six years ago. So ironic now that social media is such a big thing, now I need to spend a lot of time in front of my phone screen…
What has been the best experience so far in your modeling career?
Every time I have been to a new country I learned many things and found a few amazing friends that I still have: Harold, Aleksandar, Anita, Philip… So every travel has been special and unique to me.
Who is your favourite photographer?
I have shot with some really famous photographers. The time I was really nervous was with the iconic Gian Paolo Barbieri. But my favorite photographer is for sure Maurizio Montani. Every time I go back to Italy, I try to pass his studio; he always creates something beautiful and really useful at the same time.
If you could be the face of any brand, which would it be?
I am debating between two well known Italian brands, but I would say, Armani. Working for their show a few years ago was one of the most self-satisfying moments of my career. Armani man is the stereotype of elegance I grew up with.
How do you stay fit?
I love basketball, and I play whenever I can (paying attention to injuries as much as possible): it’s fun, and it’s great cardio. The gym is necessary as well - sadly. And even if I can’t give up with eating, I try to have a balanced diet: carbs in the morning and lunch, protein and vegetables for dinner- no junk food, fried not too often, no alcohol at all. And I try to keep an eye on desserts….
You have a bachelor's degree in IT. Was IT something you were planning to do if not modelling?
Actually, the original plan was being a programmer or a project manager. Then life happened, I understood that if you are hard working - you can build your own future.
You are a "Good food lover" as quoted on your Instagram. Can you recommend a must-visit restaurant in New York?
Of course!!! My favorite Italian restaurant is San Carlo Osteria Piemonte, in Soho. Traditional regional food from Piedmont, definitely authentic. If a restaurant is serving Mac&Cheese or Chicken Marsala, trust me - run - it’s not Italian at all. I will also recommend the best burger in town at Nomad Hotel and high-end modern Japanese Morimoto in Chelsea.