Angel and Chavez Barrientes have entered the modelling world with Louis Vuitton (Picture courtesy of Louis Vuitton)
It’s all the time good to have a backup plan. Not that rising 18-year-old twin skills Angel and Chavez Barrientes want one. The junior featherweights, who’re based mostly out of Las Vegas, not too long ago obtained a giant introduction into one other world after they modelled in January for Louis Vuitton, one of many world’s main worldwide style homes.
It’s one thing that got here utterly out of the blue.
Someday they had been requested by a Louis Vuitton rep to do a photograph shoot—the subsequent day they had been spending 12 hours in Los Angeles for a Louis Vuitton advert that now seems on the entrance of the Louis Vuitton web site.
“We spoke to our cousin about placing in a mannequin utility in September and in mid-January, Louis Vuitton known as us,” stated Chavez, who’s 13 minutes older than Angel and carries a 5-0 file (4 knockouts). “They informed us that they had been fascinated about a shoot they usually tell us it might be the subsequent day. We drove to LA and we shot at two totally different locations and it took all day.
“It was form of unreal, as a result of we by no means did something like this earlier than. We each received the textual content message as had been strolling out of the fitness center. We took off for LA late and didn’t arrive till early the subsequent morning.”
The twins did the shoot with rapper 21 Savage.
The Barrientes twins received’t be giving up their day jobs any time quickly, however modelling for Louis Vuitton proved to be a pleasant diversion (Picture courtesy of Louis Vuitton)
The twins say that many individuals inform them that they appear to be their mom, Tiffany Garalde, who was the one making the eight-hour roundtrip sacrifice to drive her sons to the shoot.
Chavez, who is named “The Beast,” whereas Angel is named “AK-47,” turned 18 final August 3. Their father, Richard, is their coach and Bob Santos, the venerable Northern California boxing supervisor, has dealt with their budding careers.
This has been a pleasant increase for Angel (4-1, 3 KOs). He suffered his first skilled loss in his final outing again in December, getting stopped in 4 by undefeated 31-year-old Travon Lawson. Angel was doing nicely, till he received caught by a proper hand.
“We’ve been boxing our entire lives, so it was fairly cool doing one thing totally different,” Angel stated. “We simply noticed the pictures for the primary time in March. They got here out cool. We’re blissful. Once I first noticed them, it was a unique expertise.
“We all know we’re going to listen to it from boxing guys, however that comes together with boxing. We’ll ignore it and proceed shifting on.”
Angel and Chavez Barrientes didn’t anticipate the Vuitton alternative after they submitted photographs to a modelling company in September (Picture courtesy of Louis Vuitton).
Angel and Chavez will each be featured on the Tony Harrison-Bryant Perrella undercard, proven stay on FOX PBC Combat Evening on April 17 in Los Angeles.
“I felt nice towards (Lawson), and it’s nothing that can part me,” Angel stated. “I discovered from it. Once I received again to the dressing room after the battle, it was emotional. All of us took it in and Chavez gave me a hug. I’ve to maneuver on and we’re doing these items now.”
The Barrientes twins arrived in Los Angeles at round 5:30 a.m., and the shoot bumped into 6 p.m. that night time.
“It’s much more work than folks suppose, altering garments, shifting round, and it’s greater than standing there taking footage,” Angel stated. “Our mother was ready for us on the lodge, and once we received again, we had been so drained we simply collapsed.”
Angel and Chavez admitted that they received’t be giving up their day jobs any time quickly. They obtained a pleasant monetary reward for his or her time they usually plan on hopefully doing extra modeling work by NEXT Administration.
“Combating for the PBC is actually a catalyst to offer alternatives for these younger fighters,” Santos stated. “Combating on a worldwide stage has enabled the Barrientes twins to work with Louis Vuitton, probably the most iconic manufacturers on the earth, which can assist boxing attain a various multitude of individuals. Boxing has the potential to be seen by thousands and thousands of extra folks due to the twins.”
Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter who has been working for Ring Journal/RingTV.com since October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America. He could be adopted on twitter @JSantoliquito.