It’s one of his earliest poses, though, due to how easily he’s seen on camera. Baptist Ortega (20) Modeling is clearly in her blood. With his 1.90 meters and his slim but muscular body, the son of Emmanuel Ortega and the old model Ana Paula Dutil just joined the agency civilians. Based in Buenos Aires –after having lived ten years in Miami–, he studied Audio Recording and Post Production at the Tecson School and works: “I collaborate with dad in his recording studio, and with my grandfather in the production of his concerts”, reveals the grandson of Ortega’s Staff, who after graduating from high school had “a year off” and then returned to the United States. “I went to work in anything: I worked in a supermarket and in a gas station”, he says of his experience, and is encouraged to make his debut as a model in front of HI! Argentina with this shoot in Palermo, the neighborhood where he lives with his mother, his sister India (17) and his dog Kala.
–How did you experience your debut as a model and what expectations does it generate?
-I had fun! My family advised me to be a model and I decided to give it a chance, but I didn’t set myself a goal; I would like to live the experience.
–You come from a family linked to music, what place does it occupy in your life?
I have a great facility for music. When I was little, I took drum lessons, then I started trying piano and guitar. I play by ear and learned from YouTube tutorials. At first I asked dad to teach me some chords, then I left on my own.
– Do you usually get together to play as a family?
-Every Sunday noon we meet at my grandfather’s for a barbecue. He goes and buys the meat himself and does it. And, sometimes, we take the guitar and someone else lights it.
– How did you experience the uprooting when you were 10, and the recent return to your country?
-I didn’t want to know anything about moving to Miami or having to part with the family, even though they came to visit. Also, when I arrived I didn’t speak English and I had a really bad time at school because the education system is different. It was difficult for me to make friends because people are not as open as in Argentina.
So it was a joy to come back.
-I was very happy! Something cost me, but I experienced it as a homecoming.
– Was the move related to the separation of your parents?
-No, it was something they had been planning for years. We missed family and friends. When we returned home, my parents were already separated. They made the decision when we moved. As long as they’re happy… That’s what matters.
What character did you inherit from your parents?
-Mom is very nice and always thinks of others, even before herself. I don’t always agree with him doing that, but I’m a bit like that too. I’m most like her. Dad is very dedicated to his work, and I’ve always been in the studio too. I never took a subject.
-How do you get along with Julieta Prandi, your father’s girlfriend?
Well, we have a good relationship.
– And with your grandparents?
-On the mother’s side, we don’t see each other much, because they live in La Plata. I grew up more with the Ortegas. My grandmother is a queen, very present and loving. And my grandfather is the most, I admire him a lot for his story and for how he opened up to the world on his own through his efforts and his work. It’s a great example. We are very close, before the birth of Ramses [su primo de casi 3 años, hijo de Luis Ortega y Mía Flores Pirán] He said it was his favorite. In Miami, we would go for bike rides, I would go with him to church and I would go shopping.
“How does it feel to be an Ortega?” Does carrying the family name have more advantages or more disadvantages?
-Although I’m not recognized, because of the surname sometimes I feel that I have to meet a certain expectation, and I’m not a big fan of that. But it opens doors…
– Would you devote yourself to music?
-I do not know yet. As a child, I was fascinated by sports. I tried tennis and basketball, but football was what I liked the most. In Miami, I played at the school and at the academy of Paris Saint-Germain. I’m pretty good, although I stopped liking it when it got too competitive. At the moment I am studying and I would like to travel when I am done.