Color naming

Guamanian model Brandon Espiritu praises models of color

Brandon Espiritu, first models and talents. Hair and makeup: Jasmine Mullins; Photo: Harold Julian

BRandon Espiritu is a model that needs to be mastered, in a good way. He arrives all pumped up, firing shot after shot – sexy, sassy, ​​serious and, of course, silly. We have to ask him to slow down so our photographer has time to catch every expression, but he knows his angles and how to move his body and comes up with poses he thinks will show off the clothes best. Pretty impressive coming from a boy from an island nestled in the Pacific.

Growing up in Guam, Espiritu’s main Western influences were VH1 and MTV – not the most accurate portrayals, but they inspired him. “Getting out of my hometown was a big dream, but it seemed out of reach,” he says. “I was lucky to grow up with my Filipino and Chamorro family. My (late) Lola [grandmother] was a cornerstone of my life. She raised me and showed me how to cook rice properly. Dude, I miss this woman. But I wanted to see what was there.

At 18, he packed his bags for college in Hawaii. A few years later, he was booked for his first modeling job. “It was for a Japanese clothing brand and I was able to shoot in Kualoa [Ranch],” he says. “We got to ride horses, eat at Nico’s, go to a pier, and I filmed with a beautiful girl, who is now my girlfriend. It was like a first date!

Espiritu is lucky his first booking was here, where hapa models lead the way. However, competing for off-island work is no picnic, as he has discovered. “I wasn’t ‘white’ enough when I started modeling in Southeast Asia,” he says. “I had a chip on my shoulder, going up against people from known parts of the world with better resources and connections.”


“Companies reserve and respect minorities who appeal to different markets and include us in their campaigns. we now have a presence.


The newest model of this feature, it has benefited from the inclusion revolution and now benefits from the past and present faces of diversity. He says he’s grateful: “Companies reserve and respect minorities who appeal to different markets and include us in their campaigns. We are now present. »

The agile 27-year-old, who aspires to be a personal trainer and celebrity actor, has modeled for Chevrolet, Howard Hughes Corp., Skechers, Sheraton Hawai’i and Heineken, to name a few. “I also did a commercial for First Hawaiian Bank and it aired in Guam,” he says. “All my friends and family were like, ‘Hey, I saw you on TV.'” It’s not a music video, but it would have made her Lola very proud.

Brandon Espiritu photographed by Harold Julian

Brandon Espiritu, first models and talents. Hair and makeup: Jasmine Mullins; Photos: Harold Julian

Photographed by Harold Julian

Brandon Espiritu, first models and talents. Hair and makeup: Jasmine Mullins; Photos: Harold Julian

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