"I remember as a kid I used to force my
friends to record short videos at home
and we’d have to prepare a role and act
as different characters. It was fun, but
we did take it seriously. Ever since I was
a kid, acting was just what I loved and
wanted to do!"

On Instagram, he’s already an established
social media star. In the fashion world, a
respected prescriber.  But Manu Rios is
a social media superstar, who refuses to
be put in a box. Not satisfied with nearly
10 million Instagram followers and an
ardent online fanbase, the 22-year-old
is now determined to rehabilitate his
global influencer label and branch out
to new horizons. Gifted with an array of
artistic talents, Rios has already made
an outstanding foray into professional
acting, after recently starring in Netflix’s
hit Spanish teen-thriller ‘Elite’, to great
critical acclaim. Taking on the role of
Patrick Blanco in season four, Rios
plays the new student joining Las Encinas, 
Elite’s fictional high school whose
student body continues to navigate the
brutal reality of teenage hormones and
the even more brutal reality of teenage
homicide. And it was Rios’ raw portrayal
of the former, through Patrick’s
polyamorous relationship with Omar
and Ander, that set the internet ablaze.
Rios catapulted from 5.6M Instagram
followers to 9.7M in a blink.
Covering our Winter 2021 issue, Manu Rios
talks about his social media beginnings,
becoming an actor, the pressures that
come with having such a huge online
presence, and why he believes the world
needs to express more kindness.

Manu Rios wears Dsquared2

Photography by Bartek Szmigulski
Styled by Kieran Fenney
Interview by Joshua Evans
Grooming by Matthew Tuozzoli using Bobbi Brown and L'Oréal Professional
Editorial Director Huw Gwyther
Fashion assistant Sabrina Castillo
Cover design by Jeffrey Thomson

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