When he gets old and gray he can surf and paint all day in the meantime he’s fast becoming top of Manila’s most wanted list. Barely six months in the Philippines and already he’s been snagged by Penshoppe for a campaign. What is about the 21-year-old, 6’1”, Akihiro “Aki” Sato, the half-Japanese, half-Brazilian model that is driving our local fashion industry gaga? His looks apparently translate well with both the “class A to D market.” Surfer body and mestizo good looks aside what makes him stand out from the other half-breed hunks in town? Taking apart Aki’s looks from his great smile that reaches all the way to his eyes, his perfectly proportioned features, his killer cheekbones, his 31-inch waist and washboard abs one can’t deny he is one ideal specimen; but in this industry, looks are 90 percent of the package to make it big you’ll need your own signature “blue steel” look (the model’s signature look as per Stiller’s “Zoolander”).
He confessed to being a little homesick for his family living in Brazil. Though happy to get his face on billboards, having time to surf and paint all day would be closer to his ideal of happiness. He is a playful, lighthearted young man, who, despite his “happy and sad” childhood growing up in the streets of Sao Paolo, arguably one of the toughest neighborhoods in the world, he still managed to retain his boyish innocence.