Name: Yuval Ohayon Age: 28 Height: 186 cm Hometown: Tel-Aviv Agency: freelance Instagram: yuvalohayonn Shalom ! First of all i would like you to tell us about yourself. My name is Yuval Ohayon. I'm 28 years old and currently living in Tal-Aviv, Israel. I was born in Jerusalem and lived all my life in Israel, which is a pretty new country with a blend of many nations. My roots are split: My father side is originally from Morocco, my mother side is from Spain, but I’m above all – Israeli.
1. How did you get into modeling?
It’s actually a funny story, I never meant to be a model. A great photographer approach me and offered me to take part in his project about human body. It was amazing experience and after my photos were published, I started to get offers from other photographers around the globe who came to Tel-Aviv.
2. What is your experience in modeling?
At the moment I'm more of an amateur model, not something professional, but I had the chance to model for 3 different photographers (1 Israeli and 2 others from Germany and Luxembourg that came to Israel and contacted me). Beside that I had some experience to promote male fashion and men lifestyle products by using them and posting it on my Instagram account.
3. What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progress in this field?
I never thought about being a runway model, my goal is to model in artistic photo-shoots and keep promoting products that I believe in. but, if life will send me other modeling projects it'll be hard to say no to ;)
4. What do you love on Social Media? – What do you hate on Social Media?
I like the fact I can impact on other guy’s style just by posting my cloth in a good photo. I really do believe that this is the best please to make an impact on others, and be relevant for people around the world. I love the feedback I’m receiving from my followers on Instagram. Lots of love and support, warm words.
I hate the fact that some people feel like social media is a place they can say everything on their mind. No filters. With time I learned to ignore it and don’t react to anyone that sharing his naughty or hateful thoughts.
5. Describe your personal style?
Six years ago I was weighing 50kg more than today. When I lost weight, I had to find a new style that would flatter my new body shape and make me feel comfortable. As you now know, I live in hot Tel-Aviv, so light clothes are a MUST here. The weather is usually 28-38 C in the summer and 10-20 C in the wintertime. Mostly I wear sport-elegant pieces with a blend of unique items. I always try to match colors, and make unique looks by trying bright colors, oversize shirts with skinny jeans etc.
6. What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?
Well, it's funny you're asking it. I actually Studied for a year advertising and graphic design in one of the biggest advertising schools in Tel-Aviv (5 years ago), and last year I finished my BA in Business Administration with marketing specialization. So I know my way around in this field.
7. Do you have any special Talents?
I’m an artist and painting is my favorite way of expressing myself . When I was 18 my drawings were presented at the museum of art in Haifa (the third biggest city in Israel). Another secret talent that I want to share with you is Cooking! I love using my kitchen every day by cooking different kind of cuisines .
8. Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
Well, whoever watch my stories on Instagram will immediately realize how often I visit the gym. I believe that 5-6 times a week is the average amount. I make sure to eat healthy food and high in proteins and good nutritional values. It's very important for me to keep my fit figure, mainly because of my past as a really over-weighted guy.
However, you need to know that I am a true sweet-lover guy, and I believe we live just once, so yes, sometimes I will find myself eating the craziest and most delicious dessert I could, and enjoy every bite!
9. What is your relation with Greece or Cyprus?
My day job is in the travel industry. I’m a manager of the suppliers and operation teams, means lots of traveling around the world, Greece and Cyprus too.
I really love those countries. The simple life on the locals , the amazing food, the nice weather during the summer and yes, the fact that it's close to Israel and I can travel to those countries often. The countdown so far is 4 trips to Greece and 4 trips to Cyprus during the last 5 years.
Can't wait to go back again soon.
10. What would you like to wish to LA GREEK HEBREW RADIO listeners?
First of all, I would like to thank them for the time that they spent by reading this interview and I would like to wish them a wonderful year, full of success and positive things. Finally, I totally suggest them to visit Greece or Cyprus this year and enjoy the love, food, chill atmosphere, great music and beautiful beaches and weather! And of course that they are more than welcome to visit us in Tel-Aviv!