LUCA SGUAZZINI HAS A BEAUTIFUL STORY. ONE OF THOSE WORTH TELLING. A STORY FULL OF CHALLENGES, OF MAGIC AND OF DREAMS THAT COME TRUE, IF YOU STRONGLY BELIEVE IN THEM. EVEN IF HE JOINED THE FASHION BIZ ONLY ONE YEAR AGO (AND IT HAPPENED ACCIDENTALLY - WE DISCOVERED - AFTER COMING BACK FROM A LONG TRIP THROUGH THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK), LUCA IS VERY REQUESTED AND IN FEW MONTHS HE REACHED 77K FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM AND 41K ON FACEBOOK
Born in Lisbon from italian parents fond of travelling, he was raised between Madrid and Brasil until the age of 13. He speaks 4 languages and in his life he has done a lot of different things: he was a cow-boy, a P.R., a workman, a farmer. He was a motorcycle champion, he tried bunches of extreme sports, he got a good amount of bones broken. When he was 24, he moved to Australia with few money and plenty of adventure-seeking spirit. He found himself living and surviving in extreme conditions, and in deep contact with a nature that always embraced and protected him.
His look tells a lot about his way of being, but also about his story. His deep blue and sincere eyes are the mirror of a gentle but determined soul. Beard and hair are not a fashionable choice, but the heritage of a real “into the wild” way of living. He is proud of his wrinkles and his scars, even if they make him look older, because they are the signs of an intense route through life. We met him in his house in Turin where, with passion and sweetness he shared with us his incredible story.
If you should describe yourself to someone that doesn’t know you, what would you say first of all?
That I am a traveller. Today my image is more than else an empty shell, and I would like people to know that there is lots more. I would like people to know that I believe in my dreams and I work hard to make them come true. That I believe in Good and in positive vibes.
In your australian experience you found yourself experiencing a real “into the wild” way of life. Tell us this story, how did everything start?
When I was 24, I found myself having a builded future in a family business, and I felt that stopping there would have been a mistake. I got a “working holiday visa” and I left with just 2000€ on my bank account, and a one-way ticket. I did a lot of different jobs – i.e. the mango-picker in a farm, or the cow-boy or the milker. Little by little I saved some money and I bought a 4×4. When I had more money I bought a small van and I equipped it to sleep in there in safety, to carry water, oil, tools and a food stockpile. And I left. I had in mind to travel from the East Coast, through the northern territories, and to reach the West Coast, driving through places where from a town to the other there where thousands of miles and just a gas station. I put an announcement to find travel- buddies, and almost 15 people joined in different moments. We used to shower under the waterfalls, drink rain water, we used to stay with no electricity and recharging everything with the car lighter or solar batteries. We cooked only with a camp fire. I got 15 flat tires, I forded around 50 rivers and in 5 moths I drove 15.000 km, basically off-road. I sold 4×4 and trailer, and I came back to Italy with the same amount of money I had when I left. But extremely changed in comparison to the time I left.
What are you missing the most?
Places where for 10 hours driving-distance, there where not a single human being. Being in places where you can uncover yourself for real, you can really be yourself, at the mercy of the primary laws of nature. In places where everything is set to kill you – poisoned spiders, crocodiles, snakes and much more…
If you haven’t done it yet, what would you carry from that way of living into your life here?
As a matter of fact, what you experience there, you just get it there. You can’t carry that here.
In Europe it isn’t possibile to experience such an isolation from everything what’s human, in such an extreme nature. Anyway, when you come back from such a trip, everything is already different from before. I mean, everything is the same, because in one year things do not change so much, but everything is in fact different, because you changed completely.
And then you ended up being a model…
I spent the last five months in Australia walking barefoot, half naked, sinked into nature, under the sun and mostly eating fruits and vegetables… so I was quite in a good shape. Beard and hair had grown a lot, and it was inevitable there – it was part of the way of living. A friend of my father told that there was an agency, in Milan, looking for guys with my profile. I got some pictures made and nothing, they purposed me a contract…
How is it like dealing with a social and exposed life, all of a sudden?
For me social networks are a way of spreading positive vibes to the people that follow me. They are a channel to reach people, and in exchange I got plenty of satisfactions and messages of gratitude, because my messages reach out to the followers who understand what I do. On the other side, I got criticized by those people who enjoy insulting and being negative, and I suffer a bit. Then, well, a lot of people want to be part of your life and unfortunately you have to choose who involve in the time you have available. And you have to take care of what you say and what you do, because everything could have a consequence…
What image comes into your mind if I say “pure beauty”?
How do you imagine your future?
I want to be myself and do what I like to do. I would like someone to follow me to document my trips. I would like to travel the world sharing the emotions I experience – reaching places where there is no one, capture colors and sounds and sharing them with people. I talk about real emotions, not playing a part. I want people to share my experiences and my way of traveling, allowing them to escape their daily routine and to dream with me. This world needs magic, and I would like to bring a bit of it to the people that, for many reasons, can’t experience it personally.
Which is the most beautiful moment that you shared with someone?
I shared a lot with lots of people. However, right now I think about my father. He shared with me every important moment, moreover when I used to run in motorbike. He was with me in every victory, every fall and every broken bone, supporting and sustaining me.
What do you fear the most?
Loneliness, but on a deeper meaning. I fear not being able to share all this with someone I love and that loves me back. Finding someone I can madly fall in love with, and who share my way of living. I had the luck of sensing true love, in the past, and that’s why I don’t make with what I have. But I experienced on my skin that the more people are particolar, and have strong characters, the more they have difficulties to match. People shouldn’t be changed and shouldn’t be willing to change someone else.. so I know I can be a little demanding. The point is not to find or to be found… it is finding each other. To match in the way everything flows. And well, this is the most difficult thing…
A place you haven’t visited yet and you would love to?
Ah, the whole world! There isn’t one more or one less. I am sure I would say a silliness, because there surely are places I don’t know the name, nor the shape or the smell, awaiting for me. There isn’t a place I wouldn’t visit, because even big metropolis – even if for me real beauty lies in nature – have a lot to offer.
If you could wake up tomorrow with a superpower, what would it be?
Surely tele-transport . Being able to move quickly from a place to another. For someone who loves to travel, it would be the best of all things.
What is something people shouldn’t mess around?
With respect. Of peolple, of cultures. I always feel like a guest; everywhere I go I respect the place where I am, and I think this is fundamental to make life experiences. Lots of the bad in this world wouldn’t exist, if people were more respectful with each other. Even if I don’t agree with some things, I wouldn’t dare to judge. So I think that respect is something one should take seriously, more than ever at this point of history.
What would you get rid of without problems? and what would you never give up?
I would get rid of all the material aspects of life, to make room for everything that is emotion, energy and magic. I would never give up magic, which is something that not everyone is able to live. The same way someone has tried true love, and is convicted to it, I was convicted to experience adrenaline and emotions. And I will keep on chasing these sensations all life long.
If you could live one day of the life of someone else – famous or not – who would it be?
I would like to live a day in the life of Luca Sguazzini in 10 years. But not really then… because the beauty lies in the travel, in everything you experience before reaching the destination.
Which natural elements represent you the most?
If you mean water, earth, air and so on… it is the set that creates the perfect balance… one couldn’t exist without the other…
Last trip and next trip?
Last was in Thailand, from where I came back 5 days ago. Next… for now I bought a ticket to Mexico for march. But inbetween who knows. The most exciting thing is being surprised by life everyday, right?
Text by Cinzia Pallaoro