When you witness the beginning of something special you feel like you are a part of it. I remember back in 2004 I had the pleasure of watching Pulse's Caribbean Model Search. I've seen Oraine Barrett grow from an unknown model to one of the most in demand male models. His career has grown in leaps and bounds, having landed some major campaigns( Abercrombie and Fitch, Pepe Jeans, Liz Claiborne... etc.) and shot with some of the world's greatest fashion photographers. Then again he is from the same country that has produced frontrunners such as Usain Bolt and Bob Marley...greatness is to be expected.
1. Tell us a little about yourself. - (where you grew up, your life now - anything you wish to tell)
I'm from a small, little town in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, called Siloah. I have four brothers and one sister. I went to Munro College and graduated in 2004. My mom died when I was 14 years old so I had to take up a lot of responsibilities. I handled myself well and i know that she is proud of me right now. My family means everything to me and i am really happy to be a part of them.
2. How did you get involved in modeling?
Actually, I wasn't interested in modeling at all. Football (soccer) was and still is my passion. I love modeling but it comes second. I was only 19 when i started modeling. My initial goal was to get a scholarship, but my papers had been processed too late the year that i wanted to go to school. One day when i was on break from boarding school I overheard my brother and his girlfriend talking about a competition Pulse (pulse is the biggest modeling agency in the Caribbean, they've discovered top models, Jaunel Mackenzie and Nell Robinson) was having. While i was just chilling doing my thing my brother called me and asked me if i wanted to accompany his girlfriend to Pulse and give it a try myself. I was in shock because i had never thought of doing modeling wish i thought was just for wealthy and certain types of people. After discussing with my brother i finally decided to give it a shot. Me and my brother's girlfriend got into the semi-final where she was eliminated. I ended up winning the competition which is the Male Face of Jamaica and the Male Face of the Caribbean 2004. My manager then brought me to NY where he introduced me to almost all the agencies. After a week of deliberating about which one would best suit me, we decided to go with Major Model Management. The rest is history.
3. How did you get your famous scar?
My scar is something i don't really like to talk about because it's pretty painful to do it but i'm going to be brief. I was in Jamaica where i was attacked. i was robbed, held at gun point and then got slashed in my face.
4. What is your ultimate goal as a model?
My ultimate goal as a model is the be in as many campaigns as possible. This will give me the opportunity to go beyond my limits.
5. Who is your favorite photographer that you have worked with?
6. What is the craziest Thing You have ever done?
The craziest thing i have done was shooting with a bunch of naked girls. It was fun but also professional.
7. If you had a choice, what magazine would you be on the cover of?
There are so many magazines I would love to be on the cover of. However I would love to be on Vanity Fair. It's a magazine that is seen in almost every country.
8. The question that the ladies would like to know....are you single?
He's married to model Dahlia James.
10. If I were to turn on your MP3 player. What song would play?
i listen to all kinds of music. it depends on the mood i'm in