Thursday, January 7, 2016

Model and photographer Astrid Muñoz

Astrid Muñoz is a model who's originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

She stumbled upon her modeling career in what sounds like a plot twist in a Hollywood movie.  While visiting a friend in Miami in 1993, a modeling agent discovered her and encouraged the then-19-year-old Astrid to her to try her luck in Paris.  She did just that, leaving for France without consulting her parents.

After working successfully in Paris for so long, Ms. Muñoz moved to New York, and her career credits piled up like snow in a Manhattan blizzard; she appeared on the covers of notable fashion magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, and Harper's Bazaar, among others and commercial assignments for Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana,  L'Oréal, Saks Fifth Avenue, Valentino . . . and so on and so on.  As with other models having been featured on this blog, space does permit all of her credits to be listed here.

Although Ms. Muñoz has continued her modeling work, she's made a name for herself behind the camera as much as in front of it. She began studying photojournalism at New York's International Center of Photography and went on to photograph the people and culture in Latin America, including Argentine gaucho cowboys and the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Peru. She's also photographed landscapes, portraits, and . . . herself. :-)

 For her self portraits - and her other work - just go here. :-)

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