How To Be Romantic With Gianluca

6 March 2019

Gianluca Albonico at Nevs Models dropped by to see us at Boys by Girls HQ with a quiff that gave us hair envy, for a chat about how the modelling world has been treating him. We were totally wowed by his gorgeous smile and couldn’t get enough of that charming Italian accent.

With his smooth Italian gentleman vibe, he talked to us about the top designer brands he has walked for since his career kicked off just over a year ago, and we got into an interesting discussion about if young men of today are still romantic. Gianluca believes so, at least that's how it rolls in Italy. British boys, brings out your note books.

Gianluca (and we're convinced we're saying it right), tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi I’m Gianluca. I’m from Milan and I was born in Milan in 1993. I am a model, amd started modelling one and a half years ago, and now I am trying to be a top model.

What shows have you walked for?
The shows I walked for are Frankie Morello, Fendi, John Robertas, and a Mark Jacobs presentation to name a few.

Have you got to see much of London yet?
I haven’t had much time to see the city yet, because I’ve done a lot of castings. I have seen all of those places around the castings. I think this weekend I’ll go to visit the London eye. I will send my mum pictures, I write to her "From London, with love."

Instant Analogue by Cecilie Harris. With special thanks to the IMPOSSIBLE.

What did you do before Modelling?
I finished high school one and half years ago. My mum wanted me to go to University, but I want to wait to go. I wanted to try a new experience cause you know, not a lot of people get this opportunity to model. I want to try this experience for two or three years, and I'd love to see the world.

What would you do if you weren’t modelling?
I was studying for a certificate in sports at school. I started sailing at 6 years old. I spend a lot of time doing this and go to a school for sailing three months every year. I was in the Italian sailing team.

Oh wow!
If you look at my tattoo it’s a sail. It's my design.

Can we call you sailor boy?
Yeah, it’s my very favourite passion. I like sports; soccer, tennis, basketball. But the sail, it’s my favourite. I have a sailboat. My father has one too, it's bigger then mine. My personal boat is just for racing. If I do well at modelling I want to open a centre for renting boats, it’s my idea for the future.

What’s the name of your sail boat?
My sailboat is Gitano. It is an iIalian name, because a friend on my sailing team his name is Gitanino.

Tell me three random things about yourself.
I like to speak to people, because every summer..... sorry my English is not very good, it's a differicult language, but I try...

You are doing so well. You raccent is very charming.
I like to speak to people. I worked at the tourist villages where I was a sailing instructor. Before this my character was so closed and that experience opened my character. And now love to talk to people. Another passion is sailing. I also like music, like electronic and tech house.

Anything else we don’t know about you?
I am so, I don’t know if it's because I am Italian, but I am very romantic.

I bet you say that to all the girls.
My first girlfriend told me I was so romantic. I like to be romantic. I like to do surprises.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done?
I was staying in Paris and I went home for Halloween to surprise her. I took her to my house at the lake.

That is very romantic. Can you give British boys some tips on how to be romantic.
Sure, I’ll give them a lesson in how to be romantic

  1. First I think it’s so important to smile.
  2. Find the important moments to say ‘I love you’, because there are a lot of Italian people that say ‘I love you' all the time, and you should only say it when you really mean it.
  3. Find a nice place to be romanic.
  4. Don't be too clingy, keep them keen. Remember to do your work and see your own friends. It keeps things interesting and fresh.
  5. Buy gifts that arent the typical cliche things to get. Be exciting, not boring. Like a dress, or take her to a spa for example.

That’s a lot of very good romantic advice.
Oh good, I want the English boys to be romanic for you. I am coming from Italy to London with love.

Thank you Gianluca for all your wonderful advice. We can't wait to see more of you on the catwalk.

Interview and words by Cat Wilding.
Special thanks to IMPOSSIBLE.
Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls
View “My mind works so much better in nature. It flows better. When I was young, I used to write poetry... View Young actor @jackdgrazer has two major movies this year; comedic superhero flick Shazam!, which is in cinemas 5th April, and... View Supported by a backdrop of Pipe and Brick, the performers take a final bow. . . Photography by @messinaphotos Fashion... View Micromovements give the game away; fake smiles don’t reach the eyes. Reading faces to calculate an oppositional move, the villain... View Casting shadows across the stage, shapes and silhouettes rise and fall. . . Photography by @messinaphotos Fashion by @rcolestevens Model... View Act II begins with a midday hush. The show goes on to hit the hero’s redemption and save the day... View Stylist Cole Stevens dresses Azure to steal the show on the streets. The sunny city serves as the audience to... View Curtains close on Act I and the actors exit stage left. Backstage the chaos rules as loud as a Monday... View Masked by costumes, the spotlight highlights our truths. . . Photography by @messinaphotos Fashion by @rcolestevens Model @azu_figgy at @heffnermanagement... View Observing movements from between a smile and a frown. If the brick could whisper and the tarmac could murmur, what... View This week’s exclusive Instagram editorial is ‘Pipe & Brick’ featuring model Azure Figueroa at Heffner Management. Photographer Allegra Messina shoots... View View “...we are all equal in the end. View You may recognise @harryhains from 'American Horror Story: Hotel' as well as upcoming roles in the action feature ‘Chase' and... View It is a rare and beautiful thing to live in alignment with your true purpose. Minutes into conversation with musician... View @harryhains / @theantiboy on gender: View @harryhains has a unique awareness of what it means to be human - which is just that: human. Not a... View Coated in a fine layer of sand, tired legs rest. Remnants of sand still stuck to swim shorts that are... View Salty skin and hair begin to dry. Gooseflesh prickling on the skin with faint breezes drawn with every wave greeting... View The smell of wax mixed with sea salt and burning wood from beach fires are caught in the wind. Paddling...