Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MOMENT IN BLUE|BEN ALLEN










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IN CONVERSATION|BEN ALLEN

Name|Benjamin Mark Allen
Age|19
Hometown|London, England

How did you get discovered?
I was walking around Portobello Road in London with a friend of mine who has A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and as usual, he was being hyperactive and silly—consequently drawing attention to us in the middle of Portobello—eventually Dounia, an agent at Select, scouted me. I went in the next day and was signed! That's how my career in modeling began...
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I was in school! I started modeling at 16!
People would be surprised to know that I...
almost could have become a (potentially) a professional footballer when I was younger but my mum said no!
What's your latest obsession?
Lately I have become addicted to ebay and Geordie Shore (The english version of Jersey Shore). Techno music  is another obsession of mine lately, I went to a techno specific festival in Amsterdam called Dekmantel—ever since, I've been hooked. I get addicted to something new everyday!
Your most prize possession?
A photo of my Grandmother when she was in her 20's. It sounds weird to say it but she was stunningly beautiful! I treasure it dearly.
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
Perhaps a footballer (Boring answer!) but I've been football crazy since I was still in my diapers! I am English—it's in our blood! So in answer to your question, maybe David Beckham, he was the original icon!
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
Today, to my girlfriend, around two hours ago...and to my mum, around three hours ago.
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Conversational, Explorative and Conscious
Describe your personal style:
My look can be anything. It can be decided by so many factors that affect my thought processes. Weather, music, general mood, whereabouts etc., I can be rugged and head to toe black or a bit more playful with layers and styling techniques using more contemporary designers or typical British. I even indulge in normality every so often. It really all depends. I can be whatever I want to be...
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Favorite all around happiness: Mustique Island, Saint Vincent
Both so amazing and in all around general nirvana when I am there. I love the Caribbean. It matches my persona. Interesting place though would have to be Tokyo!
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Friday is a damn funny film.Scene: When Debo knocks that guy out is hilarious!
Your favorite sport:
Sport: Football (soccer)
Team: Manchester United
Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
London, England—Notting Hill. I like it there. It operates at a different pace to London. It's almost like a separate entity in itself. I tend to start my nights in a bar there somewhere, then have an interlude in this great spot called "The Globe". They play fun music in a small basement. After that we all wander off into the night.
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your opening  song?
We have a show in the UK called "Gogglebox" which basically entails various families being filmed watching tv and their hilarious commentary along with whatever they be watching. It's not easy to explain but it is absolute tv gold. I'd basically recreate that—Same premise but with me and my friends. I swear we say some of the funniest stuff ever.Theme song would be something goofy, I can picture it now!
Favorite moment in modeling:
Opening Prada on my first season most likely. That was just sheer Hollywood for me. Never seen so many flashes in my life. Definitely plunged in it at the deep end. They've since become like a second family to me there! They are the nicest bunch. Every Prada show is amazing, to be honest! There has been an awful lot of moments though, going to Shanghai with Dior was also incredible! Those two take the biscuit! Different reasons but equally amazing!
Your wish for the remainder of 2014?
To witness a life changing experience. I've had feelings of life changing of course, but I love to bear witness one incredible moment that changed my life, or view of life, forever!

Clothing: Hat, shirt and bomber coat, all by Fingers Crossed FW2014; military green shirt, Ben's own

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
Dounia Benjellou|Select Models (UK)
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Ben Allen|Select Models (UK)
Special thanks to Dounia Benjellou and the men's board at Select Models (UK); Ryu Hayama at Fingers Crossed; Ben for his time and being photographed by JTC!
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BEN ALLEN' S SELF PORTRAIT


Monday, October 20, 2014

GUY FROM SUMMIT|REX DYER










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IN CONVERSATION|REX DYER

Name|Rex Richard Dyer III
Age|21
Hometown|Summit, New Jersey

How did you get discovered?
My agent George Brown scouted me off the streets and I signed with Red/Citizen Models the next day. I ran into George at 11pm in the freezing cold in Union Square while I was making a trip to Starbucks!
What were you doing prior to modeling?
Before modeling, I was studying at NYU majoring in political science and philosophy.
People would be surprised to know that I...
listened to more Enrique Iglesias than I would dare to admit! I also love learning than studying!
What's your latest obsession?
I am really into fitness. Whether it is soccer, running or training in the gym. I also love nutrition and living overall healthy lifestyle.
Your most prize possession?
A watch that I received as a high school graduation gift from my parents.
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
Cristiano Ronaldo—I have played soccer since I could walk. My dad was my first coach. I have always looked up to Cristiano Ronaldo not only because of his immense ability on the field, but also because of his indefatigable work ethic and overall perseverance.
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
Early August 2014 in Avalon, New Jersey. (My favorite place in the world) I was there with my parents, some extended family, and my two dogs. The last time I said, I Love You was to my mom, right before this interview.
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Perseverant, Dedicated and Passionate
Describe your personal style:
Relaxed  or laid back...I am a big fan of J.Crew and some stuff from Urban Outfitters. I also have a lot of stuff from Abercrombie (As a result of my employment history)
Your favorite place you have travel to:
I love London. I think it is a unbelievable city!
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
The Departed—Scene: The entire film!
Your favorite sport:
Sport: Soccer
Team: Arsenal
Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
Summit, New Jersey—Two places: Batavia Cafe, the atmosphere is great! and the second one is Tatlock Fields, one of my favorite fields to train and play soccer.
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your opening song?
It would be a about NYC law (similar to Suits, my favorite tv show) Theme song would be Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
Your wish for the remainder of 2014?
I would wish for more sleep. Sleep puts you at a disadvantage when you are in university!
Since you are interested in pursuing a career in law, what kind of law would you like to implement?
I would implement background checks and much stricter, more harsh gun laws!

Clothing: Leather jacket by Members Only; Chicago Bulls print t-shirt by Junk Food; jeans by Talley; blue/black print shirt by Bespoken; white tank t-shirt by Calvin Klein Jeans

MODEL AGENTS|AGENCY: 
George Brown|Dave Fothergill|Tom La Sala|Citizen/Red
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Rex Dyer|Citizen/Red
Special thanks to George Brown, Dave Fothergill, Tom La Sala and the men's board at Citizen/Red; Heather Stein at Michele Marie PR; Michael Zakrzewski at BPCM; Kelly  at RMO-Wetherly; Rex for reaching out and treking down from school to shoot with JTC!
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REX DYER' S SELF PORTRAIT

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CALL ME C.J.|CASEY JACKSON

















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IN CONVERSATION|CASEY JACKSON

Name|Casey Lee Jackson
Age|17
Hometown|Jeffersonville, Indiana

How did you get discovered?
I had a friend who was also a model at the time an agency in Louisville, Kentucky. She had shot with a woman photographer up in Cincinnati and send her a few of my junior year prom pictures. From there, we shot at her house and she send me to a friend who lives in NY, who send my pictures to agencies.
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I just went to school and I also played on the varsity basketball team at my school.
People would be surprised to know that I...
am colorblind 
What's your latest obsession?
Cars, mainly high end. Example: Lamborghini's and Porsche
Your most prize possession?
My Grandpa's Louisville slugger bat that has his signature on it.
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
My dad
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
My mom before I came to meet with JTC!
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Relaxed, Non-Chalance and Funny
Describe your personal style:
Fashionable, sort of hipster
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Dominican Republic
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
End Of Watch—Scene: End of film, huge shoot in an apartment complex, running in and out of the apartment dogging bullets
Your favorite sport:
Sport: Baseball
Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Player: Yadier Molina
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
Jeffersonville, Kentucky—Down to the river. It's the center of where I grew up and shaped my home town.
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your opening song?
How the life of a group of high schoolers really is...Walk The Moon by Anna Sun
Your wish for the remainder of 2014?
To get a chance to see my grandfather one more time.

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
Christophe Sanchez-Vahle|New York Models
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Casey Jackson|New York Models
Special thanks to Christophe Sanchez-Vahle and the men's board at New York Models; Casey for coming with his mom to NYC and spend some time meeting up with JTC!
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CASEY JACKSON' S SELF PORTRAIT

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MISTER TAIWO|LEONARDO TAIWO
































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IN CONVERSATION|LEONARDO TAIWO

Name|Leonardo Taiwo
Age|20
Hometown|London, England (Originally from Nigeria)

How did you get discovered?
Coming out of the train station without a ticket. Someone started following me, thought it was a ticket inspector. Turned out to be a scout...I thought he was chasing after me for money!
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I was working as a personal trainer in a leisure centre
People would be surprised to know that I...
am a krump
What's your latest obsession?
Playing soccer
Your most prize possession?
A few letters from loved one while I was away
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
Actor Will Smith
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
My mother
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Bold, Dominate and Quirky
Describe your personal style:
Handsome look
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Milan, Italy
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Tranformers The Third One—Scene: The enemy snake wraps it self around a tower building
Your favorite sport:
Sport: Soccer
Team: Arsenal
Player: Ronaldinho
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
London, England—I will take you to Shoreditch—a quirky area
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your opening song?
A cooking show. Thug Cry by Rick Ross
Favorite moment in modeling:
When I heard I am getting sign in Milan
Your wish for the remainder of 2014?
To get signed to an agency here in NYC!

Clothing: Sweater by Massimo Alba; vest & camo shirt, both by Frank & Oak

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
Dean Cleary Patterson|D1 Models (UK)
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Leonardo Taiwo|D1 Models (UK)
Special thanks to Dean Cleary Patterson and the men's board at D1 Models (UK); Michael Zakrzewski at BPCM; Leonardo for coming from London to NY to meet JTC!
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LEONARDO TAIWO' S SELF PORTRAIT


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

THE BERKSHIRE BOY WHO MADE THE BIG TIME|ROBBIE McKINNON





























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IN CONVERSATION|ROBBIE McKINNON

Name|Robert J.C. McKinnon
Age|18
Hometown|Berkshire, England

How did you get discovered?
I went shopping in London for the day and I got approached by two guys in Tottenham Court Road station who asked me if I was a model so I said I wasn't and they asked me to contact their agency. And now I am signed with them. As are the two guys, Harry Smart and Harry Bowen.
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I was studying German, Sociology and English language at college.
People would be surprised to know that I...
watched America's Next Model religiously with my housemates.
What's your latest obsession?
Mango flavored drink from Arizona
Your most prize possession?
My first tattoo
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
Dad
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
Model Laurie Harding, about an hour ago, before I left the apartment
Adjective that best describes you:
Sad looking but happy
Describe your personal style:
Black/white with grey in moderation, skinny jeans
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Tokyo and Shanghai
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Forrest Gump—Scene: Elvis in the shop window
Your favorite sport:
Sport: Soccer
Team: Chelsea
Player: Fabregas
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
Berkshire, England—All the pubs in my town: The Prince, Crowthorne Inn, Rose & Crown, Bird In Hand, Village Inn, The Swan, The Wellington Arms, Rackstraws and The Jolly Farmer
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your opening song?
A comedy panel show. Settle Down by 1975
Favorite moment in modeling:
Making people happy after the Dior Homme show in Shanghai just by signing an autograph or taking a picture with someone!
Your wish for the remainder of 2014?
I'd have Merritt come visit me in NYC!

Clothing: All polo shirts and jacket by Raf Simons for Fred Perry; sweatshirt by Kenzo; plaid shirt by Dr. Martens; shiny zipper jacket by G-Star; black jeans by Baldwin Jeans; sneakers by Saint Laurent

MODEL AGENTS|AGENCIES: Shawn Zane|Fusion Models
(UK Agency) Charlie Clark|Supa Model Management
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Robbie McKinnon|Fusion Models
Special thanks to Shawn Zane and the men's board at Fusion Models; Bennett Polen at Fred Perry; Paige Bradford at Exposure PR; Robbie for his time and fun conversations with JTC!
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ROBBIE McKINNON' S SELF PORTRAIT