Armando Cabral was born in Lisbon, Portugal. He is a European male fashion model well regarded for his strong cheekbones and flawless skin complexion.
Growing up in Portugal with his family, Cabral’s first tentative steps towards a career in modeling began in 2001 when, encouraged by his sister, he approached an agency based in his home country and was promptly signed on the spot. For the next five years Cabral spent his time modeling in Portugal without ever really making a significant or international breakthrough, so in 2006 he decided to move to New York City to further his career in the industry and was very quickly signed to IMG.
The model made an immediate impact in the American market and the very same year he arrived, he was selected to become the face of Cloak. In the July of that year, Cabral debuted in his first prominent runway engagements, walking in numerous spring shows for Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme and Thierry Mugler in Paris. This publicity in Paris helped to put Cabral at the forefront of the industry’s bright new talents, and this attitude was reinforced in October 2006 when he was featured in a ‘new face’ story for COACD, highlighting him as one to watch for the future.
Cabral’s career since moving to New York in 2006 has been very much split down the middle in terms of runway and print modeling. Since 2007 he has appeared in a large number of high profile publications and campaigns, the highlights including an editorial in Numero Homme shot by Greg Kadel, an editorial in the fall edition of the New York Times T Style magazine shot by Jean Baptiste-Mondino and being photographed by the legendary Mario Testino for a winter issue of V Man magazine.
Interspersed between these print jobs are a number of successful stints on Paris, Milan and New York fashion week runways, with Cabral walking a mixture of spring and fall shows for several of the industry’s most renowned brands and houses including Dries Van Boten, Calvin Klein, Emanuel Ungaro, Michael Kors, Dior Homme and Lacoste.
In 2009, Cabral joined those on the other side of the fashion fence when he launched an eponymous shoe collection. Inspired and motivated by a lifelong passion for stylish footwear, the brand is a present and modern, metropolitan look and is said to incorporate much of Cabral’s personality and style.
We are proud of his achievement and we name him Most Influential 100 Class of 2018 Media and Culture category.