Model Spotlight; Antonial Barnes

Trendy Male sat down with internationally published Model, singer and producer  Antonial Barnes  to discuss, his modeling career, life as a music artist and whats next for our February Model Spotlight…. A Trendy Male Exclusive.

By Rushane Thelwell ( Shayne)


The twenty five (25) year old freelance model is a Texas native is know for his amazing physique and risqué and enveloping posing shoots  that frequents his Instagram Feed. The multifaceted and multitalented Barnes also wears the hat of Music Producer, writer and signer. Barnes is what we call a Trendy Male and we had to explore his story.

Barnes got his start in the industry as an underwear model, due to his amazing physique he had no trouble becoming successful in that market. At one point in his carrer Barnes was one of very few models to obtain an eight pack abs. Since then Barnes has graduated to becoming a versatile model and has now done it all from underwear, to fitness and editorials

The fitness enthusiast has made a name for himself in the model industry both locally and internationally. Barnes has been the face of numerous editorial campaigns which includes Cool France, Krave and many more. Though Barnes does not fit the industry’s height standard that has only been motivation for him to work hard and serves as a constant drive to be successful in the industry. 

Though we know Barnes as a model, music was his first love. Barnes grew up in a family of gospel and R&B musician so naturally he gravitated to music. He is trained in percussion, classic Jazz and Piano. In 2016 Barnes released an EP entitled “Know my name”  and we surely did. The EP took our breathes away, an office Favorite ” If I fall” shows off Barnes vocal range as well as his productions skills. 

Moving forward… Barnes mentioned that he would like to be know as the music artist that models. ” Music was my first love and that’s what I wanna be know for”

What’s next? … ” I plan on doing more editorials while I trasition into music” ” Im working on a rap song right now, I’ve never done rap before, but I’ll do a lot of research and take what I know from other genres and fuse them together and see how it turns out. 

Shortly after our interview Barnes went on Instagram Live to share his latest work with his followers, we also go to see him interact with his two dogs ( which I think are rescues) In under 15 mins Barnes managed to rally over a hundred viewers to his live feed all with positive responses to the eight bars that he layed down for us on a beat he recently created. 

Barnes is the epitome of Trendy Male, he has done tremendously well as a model despite being told that he didn’t fit the standard and has become one of the most successful unsigned models in the industry. ” My advice to any one wanting to be a models or work in the entertainment is to go for it, find your niche and be yourself” 

We look forward to seeing what Barnes has in store for us next, he is know to push the envelope with his risqué editorials and though provoking musical hits. 

Be sure to check him out on Instagram




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