Interview with model Richeli Murari
TRC: Hi Richeli and welcome to The Reading Cafe. We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?
Richeli: I’m very spiritual. I am Italian and Brazilian, I was born in Brazil. I’m very persistent and I don’t take no for an answer.
When I set a goal, I do what it takes to accomplish it. I do live the life to the fullest. I am a traveler and dreamer. I’ve Always been drawn to hard things in life because I believe that hardship and ground us and makes us grow
I’m very open to meet people all over the world. I am not prejudice at all. I like all kinds of people from every race. I stand up for the animals of the world, the poorest and injustice.
TRC: What were your dreams and aspirations growing up?
Richeli: My dream was being a Hollywood star and a pro fighter since I have always been into mixed martial arts. After being in this industry for a while, I gave up even being persistent because my personality was not made for this.
TRC: When not modeling, what are your other interests? Do you have a ‘day job’?
Richeli: I don’t have a day job. I do a lot of sports connected with mixed martial arts such as Jiu jistu, kick boxing and wrestling. I love languages and I speak 4 languages and I’m going to my fifth now.
TRC: What first sparked your interest in modeling? Is there a defining moment where you knew that modeling was something you were interested in pursuing?
Richeli: It never sparked my interest nor was something I was interested in pursuing. I was interested in making money and the traveling it would provide, plus learning new languages and seeing the world with my own my eyes.
TRC: Have you ever had a photo shoot that went completely wrong?
Richeli: Yes, actually my first run way show. I was the first one opening up the show and I mistake going to the wrong side and I have to come back when everyone was going against me. Complete mess. I have shot with some very inappropriate photographers that kept asking me about my intimate life and sex and making crazy comments.
TRC: Many photo shoots take the model to exotic locations. What has been your favorite location to shoot? Least favorite location (and why)?
Richeli: Yes, I’ve been to some but I could never enjoy since I have to work all day and catch the flight at night. Not much time for enjoyment! I travel a lot out off duty though and I don’t have any favorite location because I think each country has its particular beauty.
TRC: Nudity in modeling or acting can be controversial. Some pictures can cross the line between sexuality to pornography. What would you tell young models/actors /body builders just entering the business about nude modeling and photography?
Richeli: I would tell them to not sell their soul thinking they will conquer the world doing this stuff. Some people like to promise that to get young models naked. They need to believe in their own talent without being vulgar or totally naked. Wisdom is worth more than gold and silver.
TRC: The modeling industry exposes you to many people and sometimes it can be very stressful. At times do you feel alone, surrounded by so many people. What do you do when the stress becomes overwhelming?
Richeli: I don’t feel alone because I have my wife and family supporting me. We live at the beach and it’s a very relaxing lifestyle here.
TRC: At times, there has been a ‘stigma’ surrounding the male model and the romance-cover industry but the popularity of the romance story line has skyrocketed in the last few years especially with the erotic and sensual cover images. What is your opinion about the recent popularity and the very busy industry of the ‘romance cover model?
Richeli: People love all types of romance novels. My wife reads all different types of romance and said she can’t remember a time when they weren’t erotic. Maybe a little more so now, but she told me Johanna Lindsey had some scandalous covers many years ago when she was reading them in high school.
TRC: Do you know the number of novel covers that your image has appeared?
TRC: Do you remember the first ‘romance cover’ on which you appeared?
Richeli: Robin Perini-Behind the Lies
TRC: Would you please tell us what you do to relax?
Richeli: Yoga, kickboxing, Jiu jistu, sex, meditate
TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?
Richeli: Get a black belt in two different martial arts, a boat, and a house for my son.
TRC: What is something that few, if anybody, knows about you?
Richeli: I like coconut oil. I rub it head to toe.
TRC: What do you believe is the biggest misconception about modeling ?
Richeli: Most people thinking you’re stupid and only know how to pose. We have a lot of different background as life takes us around the world.
I speak four languages fluently and have a very interesting history. Ive also met some models that speak 6 languages. To remember all these words, you have to have some brain. We are very strong in a sense of living anywhere and learning what it takes to get by and survive.
TRC: On what on your currently working?
Richeli: Nothing! I work random jobs every month.
TRC: Would you like to add anything else?
Richeli: Yes I have a lot but I will be brief. It’s never too late to start but the younger, the better. Let’s stand up for global warming and extinction of animals. We are destroying the planet – We are selling technology and money for nature. We are not disposable but people have misconception of it.
Favorite TV Show
Last Movie that you Saw
Don’t remember has been a while
Secret Celebrity Crush
Dark or Milk Chocolate
Last Book that you Read
Medicine of Immortality
TRC: Thank you Richeli for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success.