In his three years as a member of Ford's male model roster, Ven garnered a wide variety of experience working for various clients, each utilizing his flexibility to fulfill many different roles.
Kohl's, Macy's, Calvin Klein, Mens Wearhouse, Gap, Inc., and VeriSign are just some of those clients.
After the closure of Ford's San Francisco office in 2011, Ven joined the roster at Marla Dell Talent.
Ven has been modeling since early 2007, when he first signed with Ford Models in San Francisco.
With Marla Dell, Ven continued to build his portfolio while gathering experience and improving the flexibility of his image.
Ven continued to widen his range, becoming a regular fit model for Gap, Inc.'s Japanese design teams for Gap Outlets, Old Navy, and Banana Republic. Soon after, Northface and REI requested to fit with him for their Asian offices as well.
Ven also continued his print and commercial work, appearing in television and internet promotional videos for companies like Verizon Wireless and SalesForce.com.
I am a California boy, born and raised. I grew up in the Palm Springs area and moved to San Francisco shortly after graduating high school to attend San Francisco State University. After completing three years of study as a Philosophy major, I took a nice long break and pursued various other ventures, including a career in the world of fashion as a male model.
Though fashion is a big part of my life and no part of me will ever not want to continue modeling -- whether it be on a runway, in commercials, or in print ads -- I have found that what excites me the most about modeling is not the clothes or the styling or the production, it's the entirety of the job. What I love about being a model is that I get to become a part of the realization of someone's artistic vision. And that, to me, has been the most rewarding part of every project I've had the honor and privilege to be a part of.
Ven Leones is a model, actor, and artist currently working with freelance projects throughout San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City
exploring expression through media in all forms.