Meet model, skater, and photographer Raleigh, this charismatic creator signed to Wilhelmina models got deep with us on all things action sports. Check out this exclusive editorial with the hearthrob below. Photographed by PRINCE AND JACOB
NAME: RALEIGH MENDEZ
ZODIAC SIGN: CAPRICORN
HOMETOWN: VENTURA CA.
AGENCY: WILHELMINA MODELS
FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME? Empire Records (because of liv tyler)
SUPERHERO OR VILLIAN? i’m one of the good-guys...i’d like to think i could be a villain. i can definitely act like a badass but at the end of the day i still have a big heart.
CRAZIEST RUMOR YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT YOURSELF? that i play ball like a girl. just kidding there’s none that i can remember or know of at least in all honesty.
WHEN DID U FALL IN LOVE WITH SPORTS AND SKATING?
i’ve been skating since i can remember. so it’s in my blood and we love ourselves, right...i started surfing when i was 14 or 15 and truly started to love it when i began photographing waves from the water in mid 2016. nothing beats capturing the untamable.
IF YOU COULD BE ANY ANIMAL WHAT IT BE AND WHY? pterodactyl: they fly, they can fsu, they lived a long time ago. it would be cool to see earth before it was civilized.
ANY ADVICE FOR THE NOVICE SKATER
persistence, passion, and patience. nothing comes easy. you have got to want whatever it is you’re after with a burning desire to be the best. this goes towards anything to be honest.
HOW WERE YOU SCOUTED FOR MODELING?
i actually reached out to wilhelmina and joe got back to me right away. everyone on the men’s board in la is radical <3
WHAT WAS YOUR LAST DREAM ABOUT? I don’t dream often but my last one i remember vividly was about me listening to music and realizing i was floating...
FAVORITE COLOR? blue
FAVORITE FOOD? i’ll eat anything but what i love spending bank on is sushi.
ONE THING YOU JUST CANT LIVE WITHOUT? my rollieflex 120mm film camera/ my canon 5d mark iv (bae’s).
BOXERS OR BRIEFS? briefs! gotta show your body off ladies n gents!
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE GOAL? I just want to experience everything, everywhere, have loads of fun experiencing everything, meet people, drive fast cars to fast places, interesting places, scary places, and take planes to new places, far, far away.