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January 26, 2006

Angelo and Charlz (Miami)

LeRoy.jpgAs the temperature was hitting the mid-30's in the Northeast in January 2006, we were packing our bags and heading south to Miami. The goal? Take pictures for our Spring 2006 campaigns featuring Levi's jeans and swimwear from Blueman as well as our own Universal Swim line. The model search was challenging, but in the end, we found Angelo and Charlz, both local Florida guys just staring their modeling careers. Behind the camera was Le Roy Rosario--a fantastic Miami photoghapher who joined us on a day's notice when our previously scheduled photographer bailed last minute.

The weather was strange: beautiful blue skies and warm at first, then--as luck would have it--30 mile an hour winds came through just in time for the swimwear portion (notice how Charlz's hair is contantly flying in the wind). The result though were some beautiful photographs that really capture the essense of our campaigns: friendship and fun in the sun.

Meet the Model: Charlz
charles.jpgThe first thing you notice when you meet Charlz is the hair. Especially during our windy photoshoot in Miami, it just blew in the wind and created a the exact feeling and laid-back attitude we wanted to create with this photoshoot. Here are the top 10 things we learned about Charlz.

1 - Where are you from originally? Blacksburg, VA Home of the VA TECH HOKIES!
2 - What do you do when not modeling? Go to the beach with friends and workout
3 - How old are you? 21
4 - What's your work out routine like? I work out one muscle group a day (chest/back/arms/shoulders/legs) and the weekends are off days!
5 - What's your favorite body part to work out? I'd have to say my chest. What body part gives you the most trouble? My legs, I have had two surgeries on my left knee and a third coming up in May, so hitting legs as hard as I used to is difficult.
6 - Five years from now where do you see yourself? I hope to own my own gym by then.
7 - What's your favorite vacation spot? A nice beach with nice waves....
8 - What's your favorite piece of clothing on universalgear.com? All the jeans!
9 - Boxers or Briefs? Boxer Briefs
10 - Describe your perfect day. Wake up and eat a big breakfast chill out and hit the beach with friends...then hit the gym.

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Meet the Model: Angelo
angelo.jpgAngelo was one of the featured models in our Miami photoshoot in the Winter of 2006. Tall, dark and handsome with a killer smile, he provided a nice contrast to the all american boy in Charlz. Here's what we learned about him:

1 - Hometown? New Brunswick, NJ
2 - What do you do when not modeling? Work, family and friends. The gym is also a favorite place to hang out...it's a good stress reliever!
3 - How old are you? 21
4 - What's your work out routine like? I workout every other day for an hour, one major muscle and smaller one the same day.
5 - What's your favorite body part? Arms Least favorite body part? Stomach
6 - Five years from now where do you see yourself? Stable with a nice car and house, possibly marriage!
7 - What's your favorite vacation spot? Key West, FL
8 - What's your favorite piece of clothing on universalgear.com - Jeans
9 - Boxers or Briefs? Briefs!
10 - Describe your perfect day. Six good solid meals, the gym and a hot date!

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-- Ricardo