Josué Tarí Madariaga and Tomi Mikael Lappi, Modus Vivendi's latest models, open up in this latest interview with the brand's studs ...
Q: Do you believe people can change?
Tomi: Of course. Some change more than others, and everybody’s growth journey is different and at his or her own pace. To me, change, internally, is about shedding parts of yourself, beliefs and habits that keep you stuck in your story and your narrative. Physically, you can change as much as you want, but when it happens from a place of compassion towards yourself, you’re more likely to gain permanent results.
Q: What are the best and worst parts of being a model?
Josué: The best part of being a model is showing to the world the the care you put into your body. The worst may be the effort to be fine always despite the problems and be judged only for your physical appearance.
Q: Speaking of which, what are your workout tips?
Josué: I often train in the gym full-body, and in the athleticism track I train HIIT. The only secret for anyone is habits. Constancy!
Q: What's your favorite person of all time?
Tomi: I have so many. Instead of looking at one person who I admire, I like to expand myself by admiring parts of someone’s journey or their character. People like Oprah, Pietro Boselli, and even close friends of mine, they all make me see that if it’s possible for them, it’s possible for me, too.
Q: Is family important to you? Do you spend time with them?
Tomi: Family is super important to me, and since I left Finland for the first time when I was in my early twenties, I’ve gotten used to not seeing them as much as I’d like. I go to see them whenever I can. I think as an adult, to truly be there for your family and to connect authentically, you have to also gain true independence from them.
Q: What do you do in order to stay energetic and happy?
Tomi: My best advice to stay energetic and happy is to eat well, sleep well and give to others. Giving to others is a positive selfish act because it’s a win-win dynamic. Try it — it makes you happier than doing yourself a favor ... I promise.
Q: Can you think of any positive aspects of quarantine?
Tomi: A whole lot of things, actually. You get to rewrite your priorities, make friends with yourself and do some introspection on what’s been holding you back in normal life. Is this an easy process? Fuck, no. But if you get to explore the things that made you unhappy or that you were unconscious about, you get to make some pretty amazing changes.
Q: What are some of your favorite uplifting movies, series or music?
Tomi: I’ve had two songs on repeat during this quarantine: Fleur East, “Favourite Thing,” and Fran Coem, “Tu Veneno, baby.”
Q: What type of music best defines you?
Josué: I enjoy all types of music. Depending on the situation, I prefer to feel the flamenco in my veins, although I like rap, rock or pop, too.
Q: How does Modus Vivendi make you feel?
Josué: MV make you feel powerful. The line reflects the parts of your body with elegance and force.
Q: Are you currently in a relationship? What do you value.
Tomi: I value transparency more than anything. Communication is the base for everything in every relationship dynamic, but true communication takes balls. It’s scary, it makes you vulnerable, but it’s the only way to get to true intimacy. I’m not in a long-term relationship at the moment, but I’m happier than ever — we get to be creative and write our own rules when it comes to these things.
Josué: I have so little time to spare; therefore, I value so much the quality of my relationships. I usually meet with my friend, but if I find a thirst for adventure, and a good person, I am willing and able to meet anybody.