Popular modeling agency IMG Models have aligned themselves with plenty of big name models so far throughout 2015 and it looks that the agency ranks will be adding 30-year-old Mexican/African American fashion enthusiast Miguel Jontel Pimentel. Thursday, December 17th it was announced that the known 5-foot-6-inches fashion connoisseur has just signed a unique modeling contract with the home of Adriana Lima, Hadid sisters, and Kate Upton. Miguel has never been afraid to express his feelings and emotions through his music, but now he’s getting to do so in front of a camera.
Not much has been revealed about the unexpected new contract from either IMG or Miguel. Miguel is also no stranger to the runway as he has been spotted at several Fashion Week front rows with longtime girlfriend and fellow model Nazanin Mandi. Mandi and Pimentel will have much to debate about which agency is the best as Mandi is currently signed with Wilhelmina Models.
The San Pedro, California native spoke with WWD, labeling his new deal an exciting expansion of his brand that doesn’t involve music, he says:
“I’m really excited to have signed with IMG Models,” Miguel told WWD. “I’ve always been interested in expressing myself through style. IMG is the best in the business and I’m looking forward to extending my brand beyond music.”
While known for his daily stylish look, without a modeling contract, Miguel has already been featured for his fashion sense in Billboard, Vogue, and Elle print publications. However, minus the editorials, Miguel’s resume is very vague with no runway credits or faces of any products. IMG is responsible for the birth of Miguel’s modeling career. Pimentel joins similar transitional acts like Wiz Khalifa. Miguel graces the current Hayley Brown-photographed U.K. cover of Wonderland.
The winter 2015 issue of Wonderland is available now on newsstands worldwide.