Pedro Andrade originally hails from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he began his acting career at the age of seven. A student of journalism, he originally came to the United States on a poetry scholarship and ended up staying when famed photographer Mario Testino discovered him while walking in the sands of Ipanema Beach. He quickly became one of fashion’s top male models, and has graced runways, billboards and the pages of magazines in a wide variety of ad campaigns, including Tommy Hilfiger, Giorgio Armani, VOSS Water, Baby Phat, Joe Boxer, Pepsi, Bud Light, and Target.
Pedro was the anchor of NBC Universal’s national, weekly, luxury lifestyle program LX.TV 1st Look for 5 years, which helped guide viewers through the newest and most exclusive destinations in food, nightlife, art, shopping, fashion, wellness and weekend escapes. He was also the host of the reality show, On the Rocks: The Search for America’s Top Bartender on NBC, which scoured the nation for one lucky winner who took home $100,000 after withstanding a series of challenges against other bartenders.
In addition to that, Andrade wrote and produced the show: Pedro’s Diary, in which he chronicles his life in the “Big Apple”. Now, Pedro is a correspondent for multiple tv shows on NBC and anchors Manhattan Connection, which reaches no less than 8.5 million viewers weekly, and is one of the biggest shows in Brazil. It is also aired nationally in 5 different countries and on cable worldwide. Additionally, three of his shows are now airing in cabs in New York City, the new PATH Trains, JetBlue Airlines, American Airlines, Virgin Airlines, select movie theaters, hotel chains and on national television.
Pedro is listed on VH1’s “Guide to the Hottest Men in Manhattan” and was chosen as one of the “50 Most Beautiful (and promising) people in New York” for two consecutive years. He also received an award for “Best Up and Coming TV Host” from the NY Press and is a proud ambassador for the Italian label GUCCI.
In addition to his professional work, Pedro also contributes to numerous humanitarian causes in the form of volunteer work, donations and special appearances, including in a coffee table book to benefit The Humane Society by famed photographer Brian Nice with his dog, Miles. Some of his favorite causes include cancer and AIDS research, environmental preservation and a number of children’s charities such as The Make a Wish Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
This year, Pedro is also publishing a guide to NY through ROCCO, one of the biggest publishing companies in Latin America and is proud to announce a yearly collaboration with Brazil Foundation, the number one organization in terms of collecting funds abroad for major social causes in Brazil.