Marlon Teixeira wanted to be a surfer and beat childhood cancer .
RIO - After school, the destination was always the restaurant’s aunt. It was there, in the center of Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Marlon Teixeira lunch with the cousins every day. On one of those afternoons, Mrs. Ilka called the grandson of 15 years to introduce a friend and fellow family who was passing. Owner of a modeling agency, Anderson Baumgartner was impressed with the beauty of the boy and did not think twice about inviting him to audition.
- I did not understand what he meant by that, but thanked her and said that my business was catching waves - Marlon account, 23 years old and 1.87m tall, that changed his mind when his mother suggested he worked at McDonald’s during the vacation. - I better get my bag and go to São Paulo.
In the first selection in the state capital, he recalls that he felt uncomfortable and did not understand a single word uttered by the team that analyzed from top to bottom.
- Casting , look , book . It was all Greek to me - jokes.
Days later and already home, called and said that he had been cast in a parade and an advertising campaign of Dior. The teenager, who had as top celebrities Xuxa and Ana Maria Braga, knew nothing about the French fashion house and found that the call was just a prank.
- When they said I had to go to Paris I thought it was dog. Warned at the time that he had no money to pay the passage - says the model, between guffaws.
Backed by the mother and funded by Dior, Marlon first entered a plane and faced the walkway with the security of a veteran. From there, amended a job in another. In 2009, did editorials for magazines from Japan and Germany, and participated in a campaign for Diesel that featured the abdomen definidíssimo wearing only underwear brand. Turned right choice for pictures with little or no clothing.
In the following year, Marlon joined the list of the best models in the world of website Models.com and soon began to be called “Gisele Bündchen pants.”
- I have great admiration for Marlon, who has achieved career what few men were able - praises the actor Cauã Reymond, friend and partner of surfing.
To engage in the profession, the life of Marlon had quite dramatic chapters. When he was one year, his father was murdered - a subject he does not like to comment. At three, he was diagnosed with cancer in the mediastinum and went through a heavy treatment, with many sessions of chemotherapy, which only ended four years later when he received a medical discharge.
Uncomfortable with the remarriage of the mother, Marlon spent part of his adolescence between the houses of grandmother and aunt.
- I never imagined that all this would happen in his life - says Cláudia Teixeira, 41, who graduated in nursing thanks to the help of his son. - Our life was not easy, but he was always a warrior. When I was sick and crying, he used to say: “Mom, do not worry because I will not die.”
In 2009, the model left her mother and sisters Natasha and Natielli in the South and moved to New York. Today, little is in the apartment that rents in the West Village neighborhood. Last month, lost count of how much time has passed on airplanes. Was in Switzerland, Scotland, the Bahamas and twice in Brazil. In one, for the launch of a reality TVchannel E! accompanying his life and four other tops.
- Hardly know where I’ll be in the next two or three weeks. But it does not bother me. I feel privileged. Now, stay long distant sea drives me crazy. Always give a little way of escape for surfing - Marlon account, which has a single tattoo (his mother’s name, on the hip) and a scar that begins in the chest and back crosses, inheritance surgery in childhood.
The unassuming, disheveled and informal style that makes Marlon go to castings and photographic sometimes skate, sometimes scuff sessions, please completely. Last year was the only man to participate in the Chanel show in Paris. In 2012, printed a cover controversy (and hot) “Vogue” with actress Stephanie Seymour. More recently, she starred torrid scenes with Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stones frontman, a perfume campaign. Still had the curriculum (professional) partnerships with American actress Megan Fox, with models Candice Swanepoel and Natalia Vodianova, besides, of course, Gisele Bündchen:
- When I was younger I used to say that women were the best part of my job. Today, whatever I’m going to shoot. What I want is that the result is the best possible.
Marlon does also controlled when it comes to money online. Want to invest in real estate and will usher in a bar in Praia Brava, in Santa Catarina. Likes to give gifts - about to turn 18, he bought a car for him, but for the mother - and traveling with friends behind waves.
- He has a different light and faces the profession very seriously. Maybe that’s all that happened - believes Anderson Baumgartner, owner of Way Model agency, which also handles the careers of models such as Alessandra Ambrosio and Shirley Mallmann, and is this friend Marlon’s grandmother, Mrs. Ilka, presented him years ago .