STEVO TRANN

Instagram and twitter: @stevotrann

Height : 5’10” | Chest : 38″ | Waist : 33″ | Shirt : Small/Medium | Pants : 29/30 | Shoes : 7 | Hair : Dark brown | Eyes : Hazel

Stevo Trann is a rising influencer, underwear model and CrossFit fanatic. Living in Canada, Stevo’s modeling career was not easy but he persisted. Having initially been turned down by agencies, he decided to blaze his modeling trail by becoming freelance. With close to 65K followers on Instagram, take a look at his profile; you will come to understand why he has such a large fanbase.

Where do you live and work? What’s it like living and working there?

I work at AudioZ, a post-production audio studio in the Old Montreal. We specialize in ads (TV, Radio, WEB), and we do work for some audio/art installations. I am a Media Distribution Director; Long story short, I send TV, RADIO, and WEB ads to networks, all across Canada. I also create content for companies that hire me on Instagram and for some other businesses, and I’m modeling part-time.

Living in Montreal is super great! You get the feel and the vibe from a big city while being chill and relaxed. Unlike Toronto, Montreal is very laid back, and people love to come here because people are very welcoming and super open-minded. Also, Montreal is considered as still “affordable” in terms of renting and buying. When I was younger, I really wanted to live out of modeling. I rapidly understood that I couldn’t be a successful model and live in Montreal. I would’ve had to relocate, which was not really in my plans because it is tough to find a job in my industry. And the modeling industry is not really something I’d be able to endure, as a full-time job! It takes a lot of patience, a lot of confidence, and NO DOUBTING. There are a lot of people who work in that industry who, I believe, are not working for the right reasons. But that’s another subject. [Laughs]

Can you tell us how you got into modeling?

When I first moved to Montreal, I didn’t have a lot of friends, so I was spending almost all my time taking pictures, playing with light and photoshop to create new images. One day, I went to a friend’s album launch, and I got approached by a photographer, and he asked me if I could model for him. So it started there. I did my first magazine cover working with that photographer, and
my hunger for modeling only grew bigger. I tried working with agencies, but they all turned me down or never replied to my e-mails or calls. After working in Montreal for a few years, I started working in Toronto, which a better industry and better opportunities in terms of modeling. I worked hard, super hard. People were judging me. Always telling me, I was too short, not big enough, too many tattoos, too many piercings, too Asian, too this, too that. And yet, I was working more than all my friends who were under an agency. That was my satisfaction after being refused by most of them. I started using Instagram quite late but managed to build myself a good audience and a fanbase. I get most of my gigs through Instagram now, which is a super powerful tool for content creators and freelance models like me.

What has been the best experience so far in your modeling career?

I can’t really put my finger on one particular experience. I think the primary reason why I am still modeling today is for the experiences and the super great opportunities that modeling offers me. I get to travel, meet a lot of new people (some of them became super important for me). As much as the industry is mean and you need to fit a certain standard to be appreciated, I feel like it is getting more and more open. I can send my message to the world. Being who you really are and being different will work for you, not against you – representing the Asian/biracial community. Modeling has, of course, raised a lot of questions during my journey. Still, most of them led me to positive answers about myself and life in general.

You are an underwear model. Which brand would you love to feature yourself in their campaign?

When I started modeling, never in a hundred years, I would’ve thought that one day, I would become an underwear model, representing dozens of brands online. I am really grateful for having the chance to do it. I worked with a photographer at the beginning of my modeling career, and he was working with Parke and Ronen. Then I set myself one goal, to be the underwear model for them. And guess what? I’ve had the chance to be their model for their world pride campaign. Checked! I’d love to work with more major underwear brands like Diesel, Calvin Klein, Emporio Armani but, it’s nice to dream, eh? [Smiles]

You have quite a few tattoos. Which one was your first, and which one is most recent? And are you planning to get any more in the future?

My first tattoo was on my right forearm. It was a disaster! After having it inked, it got superinfected and turned out super bad. I needed to get it redone, and it kinda put some breaks on my desire to have a lot of tattoos, which didn’t last for too long! So my first tattoo is a combination of a French horn with stuff that represents me coming out of the horn. Then I added more and more and more. It’s like a drug! The most recent one is my straight line on my back. Why do I get the urge to get more and more? I always explain it the same way; When you buy some clothes, they become outdated after a while. You feel the need for some fresh clothes. Well, tattoos are kind of the same. They don’t necessarily get outdated, but you always feel the need to feel fresh again, so you add more! It’s also like therapy. Getting a new tattoo feels like buying $1000 worth of new clothes. Seriously, the same feeling.

Looking through your Instagram, you take quite a few selfies, and they all look fantastic. Can you give us some advice for taking great selfies like yours?

Well, first of all, thank you! If you want to take a good selfie, you need to know your angles and your expressions. You need fire in your eyes. [Laughs] I think natural light works better for me, and a good source of natural light is always the best. Then you need to engage with the lens. Smizing, a little bit of an angle, and a good light source, then you’re in business.

You call yourself a CrossFit addict, and it shows with your body. How did you get into CrossFit? And would you recommend CrossFit to anyone?

Your nickname is “Panda”? How did that come about?
Pandas are Asian. And they’re goofy. And playful. And happy. It represents me really well!

About 11 years ago, I was diagnosed with depression. I got a prescription for an antidepressant, but I always refused to take them. I went online and started reading about some alternatives. Working out and doing sports was one of them, So I started super intensively six days a week for six years straight. “When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.” After six years at the gym lifting weights, I got bored and lost all my will power to go to the gym. I started functional training in a small home-made gym and fell in love with it. My gym subscription hadn’t expired yet, and there were two free trials at the CrossFit box inside the gym, and I decided to give it a shot. I got hooked!!!
What do I love about CrossFit? I love that it is a combination of different disciplines, such as weightlifting, gymnastics, and more. You get to explore a variety of movements that require different strengths. You can really push yourself to your limits, which makes you feel so accomplished when you’re done with the training. CrossFit is complete, and it works for me. It is not suited for everyone tho. And the thing I love the most about CrossFit is the community. It’s my second home and my second family. When you show yourself at your most vulnerable state altogether, it brings you closer. I highly recommend it, and even tho you’ve never worked out before, CrossFit is adaptable to any needs. Even if you’re injured, they are a hundred varieties possible to make sure you don’t injure yourself more.

You are a taco lover. Which taco is your favorite? Could you recommend any taco place(s) that we must try it out?

I love all the tacos. You cannot be sad when you eat tacos. They’re magic! My favorite tacos are Bavette tacos. And the best place to eat tacos in Montreal is Tacos Victor. SOOO GOOD!!!

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