Friday, October 28, 2016

PAINTED PICTURE|RUBEN VERKIAK




















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IN CONVERSATION|RUBEN VERKIAK

Name|Ruben Verkiak
Age|20
Hometown|Amsterdam, Holland

How did you get discovered?
I was actually asleep on the train and a model scout woke me up and ask me if I would interest in modeling? I have also been approached through facebook, in the Starbucks, a train again and on the street. All by different agencies throughout Holland. I guess, you can say, something tells me I should give modeling a try...
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I was studying aviation engineering and graduated last year (Bachelor's degree). I also sell cheese on the street market with my dad's company as a part time job.
People would be surprised to know that I...
want to become a pilot one day!
What's your latest obsession?
Peanut butter from the Netherlands (Calve Pindakaas)
Your most prize possession?
Old cheese from North Holland. The aged kind, the older the cheese, the more delicious it is!
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
When I was young, different soccer players of Ajax, like Johan Cruijff and Marco Van Basten!
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
My girlfriend Emma, I been in a relationship with her for two years now. We are both from the Netherlands and live quite close by but I met her on holiday in Spain!
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Organized, Curious and Determine
Describe your personal style:
More casual but like to wear a suit as well in certain occasion, flat shoes cause I am already quite tall! :) and skinny jeans with a sweater, pullover and t-shirt, get the picture?
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Barcelona, Spain—I love Spanish culture, language and food
At this point, I want to travel around the world, after almost 17 years of school life in Holland. See as many different places as possible. First stop, NYC!
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Wolf of Wall Street—Scene: Actor Leonardo Di Caprio's character on stage with his hands wide open. It's also the only book I bring with me to NYC from The Netherlands!
Your favorite sport:
Sport: Soccer
Team: Ajax, Amsterdam
Player: Cristiano Ronaldo—My friends in Holland will sometimes call me Cristiano as well. They think we look alike!
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?
Amsterdam, Holland—To my dad's company in a small village in the Netherlands, which is a store for two days a week and where the most incredible cheeses are stored!
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song?
A show about traveling and all things Spanish! Theme song: Deephouse Songs by Robin Schulz
Craziest thing you ever done:
I got into a fight! It would be first and last time (I am not a fighter!) Drunk and fought over a girl, of course! :)
Your wish for the remainder of 2016?
A range rover car!

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
Kadeem Johnson|DNA Models
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Ruben Verkiak|DNA Models
Special thanks to Ruben Verkiak and the men's board at DNA Models; Ruben for his time spend with JTC to do this blog feature!
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RUBEN VERKIAK' S SELF PORTRAIT

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

REDBANK DEBUT|ALEX SUAREZ


















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IN CONVERSATION|ALEX SUAREZ

Name|Alex Suarez
Age|19
Hometown|Redbank, New Jersey

How did you get discovered?
I got into modeling by chance, it's always been in the back of my mind to pursue and get into modeling but I never got a chance to until my amazing agent, Dave Fothergill approached me. I feel as I got into modeling naturally rather than putting an effort into it.
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I was in training to becomes a EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and shopping for new clothing looks in Soho and DSM (Dover Street Market) frequently. Hanging out with friends and finding places to eat.
People would be surprised to know that I...
The reason behind why I want to be EMT, my dad is in the field and I want to save the lives of teens and young adults struggling with addiction and knock some sense into young drug addicts before it is too late!
What's your latest obsession?
Clothing brand names of street wear and hip hop artists. The brands all have their own aesthetic and vibe and that's what drawn them to my attention in the first place. I hope someday I would be able to create my own clothing line so that I can inspire the next generation of hip hop culture. 
Your most prize possession?
My pendant on my chain. It's a crucifix on an anchor which signifies keeping me grounded. My father wears the same one but bigger and he is my main influence in life and he raised me. Although I am not religious, I believe in a higher power. I believe that it is very important to believe in yourself and knowing who I am as a individual.
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
My father was my hero. He was a single parent parent and raised me by myself and I am more than grateful for him. Besides my father, of course would be numerous musicians in the genre "nu metal" such as Korn, Slipknot and Limp Bizkit. The dark, aggressive lyrics and heavy sounds really gave me the style and attitude I still carry with me today. Additionally, Jonathan Davis, Corey Taylor and Wes Borland.
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
My girlfriend, Emma...I love you!
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Intuitive, Inspired, Irregular
Describe your personal style:
My style is very eclectic I would say, I dress how I want. I have a "I don't give a fuck" facial expression all through high school. I was very into dark music growing up and horror movies so that's where it branches out from, I guess. Also, the crowd I was growing up and the reckless things I did as a teen goes with it too.
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
The Wackness—Scene: When he saves his psychologist from committing suicide on a beach after taking a lot of drugs.
Favorite designers:
Tyler Grosso,Jeremy Scott and Virgil Abloh from Off-White
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?
Redbank, New Jersey—I will take you to the park down the street, Bodman Park.
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song?
If I have a tv show for an hour, I would showcase a day of my life in Soho, New York goofing off, pranking people and making people uncomfortable for the awkward humor, much like the Eric Andre Show. Theme song: That's Not Me by Skepta
Craziest thing you ever done:
Lived in a favela in Ecuador for a week without being able to speak Spanish. My 80 years old grandmother only spoke a small fraction of english, she was the only one that I can hardly converse with.
Your wish for the remainder of 2016?
What life on earth 1000 years after my life is over...

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
Dave Fothergill|Citizen/Red
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
STYLING|Alex Suarez
MODEL|Alex Suarez|Citizen/Red
Special thanks to Dave Fothergill and the men's board at Citizen/Red; Alex for his enthusiasm, long chat and time spend with JTC doing this blog feature!
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ALEX SUAREZ' S SELF PORTRAIT


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

JTC RECOMMENDS: CONNOR JACKSON|SELECT MODELS





























Name|Connor Jackson
Age|20
Hometown|Manchester, England

What other interests are you into besides modeling?
Hairdressing
Favorite pastime: 
Outdoor walking and the opportunity to travel
Who you would love to meet through modeling? 
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, I loved her clothes and her punk spirit!
Describe your personal style: 
British smart and casual
What are you into at the moment?
Modeling, it is a new chapter in my life and I intend to do well in it!
Idea for a perfect day: 
Socializing and getting to know other people in the industry I am getting myself into.
Instagram: @connor.jackson96

MODEL AGENT|AGENCY: 
Andrew Garratt|Select Models (London)
DIGITALS|Provided by Select Models (London)
CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Connor Jackson|Select Models (London)
Special thanks to Andrew Garratt and the men's board at Select Models (London); Connor for taking the time to answer this short Q&A, hope to meet you soon one day!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

MODEL, DANCER, PHOTOGRAPHER|ELIA BERTHOUD|D1 MODELS


















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IN CONVERSATION|ELIA BERTHOUD

Name|Elia Berthoud
Age|23
Hometown|Zurich, Switzerland

How did you get discovered?
A friend of my mom (Ex-model for 15 years) suggested that I should give modeling a try. I started my career in Milan.
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I stopped my education during my Sophomore year in high school, wound up finishing high school at home and have been traveling ever since. I am a dancer and also a photographer.
People would be surprised to know that I...
am a Nichiren buddhist and able to speak 5 languages: English, German, Italian, 1/2 Spanish and French.
What's your latest obsession?
Health, food, fitness and sports
Your most prize possession?
My scroll by my altar for chanting
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
Tina Turner and Michael Jackson
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
Yueh-Lin Tsou, my best friend from Milano
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Loyal, Serious, Spontaneous
Describe your personal style:
Simple, good quality, minimal with few special features
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Berlin, Germany
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Nymphomaniac—Scene: The entire film, a combination of a lot of scenes
Your favorite sport:
Sport: Tennis
Player: Roger Federer
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?
Zurich, Switzerland—I will take you going skiing at the Alps! Skiing, snowboarding, spa and great food!
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song?
Comedy/News type show. Theme song: Empathy by Crystal Castles
Craziest thing you ever done:
Jumping out of a driving car!
Your wish for the remainder of 2016?
Collaborate with Mr. Giorgio Armani on a collection!

MODEL AGENTS|AGENCY: 
Emma O|Dean Cleary Patterson|D1 Models (NY)
IMAGES|CONCEPT|CASTING|John Tan
MODEL|Elia Berthoud|D1 Models (NY)
Special thanks to Emma O and Dean Cleary Patterson and the men's board at D1 Models (NY); Elia for his happy attitude and time spend with JTC doing this blog feature!
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ELIA BERTHOUD' S SELF PORTRAIT