Saturday, August 25, 2007

nueva york

leaving for a bit. i recruited a couple more of my mates to help sort emails so you can still request at
Also a huge thank you to everyone who has been sending emails about how much they enjoy the blog, it means a great deal and let's us know that we aren't wasting time keeping the blog up and running!

PS: just a reminder about requesting....
please don't send interview requests in comment sections [just because we don't see it sometimes] and also please be patient.
thanks again!
New Interviews In: September

Monday, August 20, 2007

vi elsker christopher!!!

The food? The climate? The lottery-lucky genes? There's something about Denmark that has made it one of the leaders in producing home-grown, fashion flawless, supreme SUPERMODELS. Some of the most recognised models today call the Scandinavian country home, from Freja Beha Erichsen to her male model counterpart, Mathias Lauridsen. So it makes perfect sense that ADOMM squeezes in a Dane to interview. Christopher Sylvest is not a super-male-model just yet, but the young 19 year old hailing from Værløse is most definitely on his way. As hard as he tries to be normal and live an ordinary life, there is no denying that Christopher has that extraordinary something that top models in the making only have. Just his boyish looks alone can carry him in the modeling world, but on top of that he is simply lovely in every sense of the word. With much to boast about in his impressive modeling career, after working for and with some of the fashion world's most influential, he manages to stay humble but at the same time, confident that his stint as a model is all just beginning.

August 2007

Name: Christopher Sylvest Hermann
Agencies: 2pm, Nevs, Why Not, Bananas Mambo, New York Model Mgmt.
Birthday: 12th of November, 1988
From: Værløse, Denmark

What were you doing prior to modeling?
CS: I was attending High School, and working as a delivery boy on bicycle- which I still do.
How did you get started in this business?
CS: At work, driving around Copenhagen on a bike, I was stopped a couple of times by different agents who asked whether I was a model. The third time it occurred I called 2pm and the rest is history.
Generally the modeling industry is surrounded with stereotypes, what were your first impressions of modeling before actually joining the industry?
CS: I imagined that it was a shallow world - all about money and the way you look. And that the demands to you as a model were very high.
After signing with 2pm, did your impressions of the industry change?
CS: It was no surprise that money and the way you look is a big part of the industry, which can be positive or negative, depending on the individual. But there are many cool and nice people in the industry, who compensate for all the bad things there might be. I’m surprised that the demands to you as a model weren’t higher. It seems to be harder for the girls, and it’s not that tough being a male model but maybe I’m just naive..
Can you tell us about your first “model assignment.”
CS: My first paid assignment was a lookbook for Annhagen. It was quite tough, because I had only slept 3 hours the night before, because of my father’s birthday and I was going to Barcelona later that day. But it went out well, though it was a huge challenge for me. The people there were really nice, so it was good experience.
You’ve been pretty consistent as a model, squeezing in a couple photoshoots here and there which is great since the modeling industry is famous for it’s rejection. But in your opinion, would you say you feel more accepted by the industry or more rejected?
CS: Generally I feel accepted, but if you count the jobs I’ve been rejected against the jobs I’ve been accepted, I’ve probably been rejected the most times.
Aside from the rejection part, what would you say is the worst thing about modeling?
CS: It must be that you can’t be sure about if you get a job. You just have to wait and see, you can’t really do anything. I can imagine it can be difficult to be away from home if you’re traveling a lot. But I haven’t traveled that much yet.
So the uncertainty must be a killer. Then what’s the best part?
CS: To get the chance of traveling around the world and to explore a world so many people would love to be a part of.
So far in your travels, what would you say is your favorite city in the world?
CS: It must be Barcelona, but I haven’t been there modeling. It’s a great city with beach, nightlife, football and a lot history involved. Plus I met my girlfriend there on vacation. What are three essential things you can't leave without when you travel for work or on holidays?
CS: A book, money and my camera
Okay aside from the opportunity to travel, another perk is meeting really interesting models. And as a model from Denmark you have worked alongside other in demand Danes such as Eddie Klint and Mathias Lauridsen, do you ever get intimidated working with such big names?
CS: No, not anymore really. Of course I think of it, but it doesn’t affect me like it maybe did once. At the shoot with Eddie and Mathias I was a bit intimidated, because I knew I couldn’t do the job as well as they did. They were excellent, so as a “newbie” I felt a rather big amount of pressure.
You’re book is full of great editorial work. In your opinion, what makes a photoshoot great and who are some of your favourite photographers to work with?
CS: An interesting story or an interesting location makes you look forward to the job. Or if you’re working together with a model you know. I don’t have a particular favourite photographer, but I think Markus Pritzi and Kai Z. were cool to work with.
Then what are some of your favourite photoshoots you’ve done so far?
CS: The HE magazine editorial with Mathias and Eddie and the Maxim editorial in München with Bryton Munn. The first one because it was cool and educating working with them and the latter because it was a fun and relaxed photoshoot and I visited München, where I probably wouldn’t have gone to if I wasn’t modeling.
We all know that campaigns pay big money. What’s your “dream campaign"?
CS: A Calvin Klein fragrance with Gisele Bündchen on Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro would be pretty awesome!
Gisele is no stranger to runways, and like her, you’ve done a couple yourself. When you are walking for a runway event do you ever get nervous or is it nothing for you by now?
CS: I always get a bit nervous before entering the catwalk, but a glass of champagne always helps the nerves! I definitely get some kind of a rush after walking for many people – because I cross my own lines by walking for so many people, though it’s nothing compared to scoring a goal in a football match.
Between doing photoshoots for editorials and walking the Copenhagen runways, which do you prefer more?
CS: It depends on the job – but generally I prefer photoshoots. Doing shows means a lot a of waiting time, but I’m looking forward to go to the fashion weeks in Milan and Paris, as my education has prevented me from going to there the last couple of times
So a lot of waiting around. How do you pass the time then?
CS: I read a book, chat with some of the other models or I just observe all the busy people and what’s going on around me
If you could change one thing about your job as a model, what would you change?
CS: I support equality in society, so I also think male models should get the same salary as female models. Although the demands are higher for the girls and it’s a bigger market, so in the end it’s probably okay!
Like you said the male modeling industry is less demanding and in a sense less “competitive” in comparison to female modeling, so it seems like most male models get along more. Who are some of your “modeling friends”?
CS: I think my only “modeling friend” is Mads Nikolaj from Scan/Elite. I have hung a lot out with Thomas Andreasen and some of the guys from 2pm.
Okay we agree that the pay is never as high as what a female model would get, but we still hear from other male models that they do the job for the somewhat easy money. Do you model because of the perks and the cushiness of the job or is it something you truly enjoy doing?
CS: So far I’ve really been enjoying it. But I don’t think I would do it if the money and traveling didn’t come along.
Some models see this as another perk of modeling, the recognition and to an extent, the fame. Is it strange for you to see yourself in magazines, websites, and reading things about yourself by sometimes overzealous fans?
CS: It’s strange that someone suddenly knows you, without having met you. But so far it has been fun getting the attention.
Looking back at what you’ve accomplished as a model, what would you say was the “turning point” of your career?
CS: I would say the HE Magazine editorial, but I don’t think the real turning point has occurred yet.
How have your family and friends reacted to you becoming a model?
CS: They are mostly interested and supportive. Of course there’s a lot of joking coming along, but that’s just fun.
Schooling wise, do you still attend school or is modeling your top priority as of now?
CS: I have just graduated high school this summer, so now I’m officially a full time model
Hopefully we see more of you now that you’re full time. At the same time, you are aware that the job doesn’t last forever. Once you leave the modeling world, what do you plan on doing?
CS: I’m expecting to study Political Science or Journalism.
Hypothetically, if you never decided to call 2pm and become a model, what do you think you’d probably be doing now?
CS: I would probably be working full time somewhere, and travel around the world before attending an education.
Lastly, what are some of your upcoming projects that we can catch you in?
CS: An editorial in British Arena with some of the other guys from Nevs [Modeling Agency].

ADOMM Quick Questionnaire:
Could you tell us more about where you're born?
CS: I was born and raised in a small town called Værløse outside Copenhagen. It’s a very nice and quiet place – with beautiful nature, I lived just next to the tennis courts and football grounds, so I spent most of my time there. Now I live in Copenhagen, which is a very exiting place to live in. It’s a big city, but it’s still quite charming, as it’s still a bit provincial. There are loads of opportunities here and a lot of history, not to forget the water surrounding the city.
A normal day for you would be…..
CS: Right now, the days are not really normal, because I’m not used to not going to school. But yesterday I got up at nine o’clock, starting off with a shower and a good breakfast. Then I went to my delivery job for about 4 hours, driving around the city in a car. At 4pm I drove on my bike to the café where my girlfriend is working and got a cup of coffee. From there I went home to my friend- we went out to play some tennis, before we went home and ate Pizza and watched football in the television.
What are your hobbies/interests?
CS: I’m interested in the society, in Denmark and internationally. Football and history are also some of my main interests
For the sake of asking and because we love football, what is your favourite team?
CS: FC Copenhagen. Internationally, Manchester United and FC Barcelona.
Describe what “fun” is to you?
CS: Fun is to be in the moment and not think of the everyday life, it could be playing football, partying.
What is something that most people don't generally know about you?
CS: That I have lived 3 years in England.
Appearance wise, do you look more like your Dad or do you go after your Mom?
CS: That must be my mom, but by statue my dad
Of course a model has to be somewhat appealing, what do you consider to be your most attractive feature?
CS: I would say my eyes
The industry is basically about appearance and the way you look, are you a fashion conscious guy at all?
CS: I consider myself as a fashion conscious guy, but not in any extreme way.
Who are the people that influence you the most?
CS: My girlfriend, my friends and family.
Describe your ideal woman:
CS: Beautiful, intelligent, sincere, kind, and happy.
Your favourite television shows?
CS: "Ali G in tha USA", especially when Brüno makes fun of the modeling industry, a Danish sitcom “Klovn”, “Lost”, and “The Daily Show.”
Your favourite music?
CS: I like all kinds of music, right now especially Indie/Rock
Your favourite movie?
CS: I think “Zoolander” is a great movie. If you want me name a more serious movie I would say “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”
Your dream job as a child was to be a...
CS: Professional Football player in Manchester United
What’s one of your phobias?
CS: I hate snakes
Do you have any special talents?
CS: I’m quite a good football player.
One thing you MUST do before you die or become too old to do is…
CS: To bungee jump and to visit Brazil.

*images courtesy of: Christopher Sylvest,,
with photoshopping done by adomm

Saturday, August 18, 2007

requesting etiquette

You lot really do take "requesting" to heart. Sorry for the late replies to emails, as we're swamped with so many requests. Sorting through the mail takes a bit of time, so we've decided to give some tips on requesting.

Again like it says in the FAQ, not all model requests will be fulfilled for numerous reasons...
When requesting a model; consider this:
  • Language Barrier: Not all models are comfortable with reading/writing/speaking in English. So if you request some Mongolian model, please understand that we don't speak multiple languages and the interview will most likely NOT happen due to the language barrier.
  • Be Realistic: When you request a model for example Adriana Lima, remember that we are nothing more than a humble little blog. Unless out of the kindness of their supermodel hearts, only then will they give us an interview.
  • Chill Out: Please refrain from emailing us a new request every single day.

*Make sure that when you email us your request you include their last name and all agencies you know they belong to. We can't be bothered to find "John" out of the slew of models.
*Also, requests sent at the end of the month will not be responded to for some time, as we're on holiday in late August/early September
Tak! Gracias! Merci! Danke! Tack! Obrigado!
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Monday, August 13, 2007

keen on kim

To be honest, writing an introduction about Daul Kim is rather one of the most difficult things we've had to do. We write something, then scribble it out at the risk of sounding too much like we're arse kissing the young model, then write again. But it's nearly impossible to write something about Daul without sounding a bit like sycophants. So screw it, this will sound very toady but we're all just crazy over Daul. All you need to do is take a look at her versatile work as a model and her photos plastered all over the internet, and you'll understand all the Daul Delirium people have. She has her own effortless style that people try to imitate, fans that adore her, campaigns and covers for top designers and magazines and the best thing about it is that she doesn't seem affected by it one bit.

July/August 2007
Name: Daul Kim
Agencies: Storm, Elite, D'Management Group, Success
Birthdate: 31st of May, 1989
From: Seoul, Korea

Describe your life prior to modeling?
DK: A rebellious kid going to school.
And how did you get started in the industry?
DK: I got discovered on the street by a photographer in Singapore when I was 13. And Damon [my mother agent] signed me and he brought me to the New York and Europe market this year.
What was your first impressions of the modeling industry before you were signed?

DK: Easy job.
After signing and actually working as a model, did your impressions change?
DK: Not so easy job. But nothing is easy. But I wouldn’t do it if it was too hard. :P
What was your first modeling assignment?
DK: First job in Korea was shooting for W and first job in Singapore, I cant remember.
Your career is doing quite well now, so what would you consider the turning point in your career?
DK: I guess doing Chanel shows and shooting the Vogue cover.
So far, what would you say is the best perk about being a model?
DK: Not wasting my time on going to school. I home schooled (self-thought).
What's the worst?
DK: I don’t have much privacy
now in Korea and getting criticized!
Tell us about some really terrible modeling jobs you’ve done?
DK: Too many and too personal to say, but fighting with rude/unprofessional staff is pretty entertaining. Hahaha.
Okay, then tell us about the best ones.
DK: Too many! But I will have to say shooting i-D with Sebastian Kim.
Another perk about modeling is the traveling. What is your favourite city so far in your travels?
DK: London because all my friends live there.
Three essential things you never travel without?
DK: Passport, laptop (to watch movies in the airplane), flight details.
Have you had any embarrassing “model moments“?
DK: I have embarrassing Daul moments.
So all these great things are happening to your career now. How do you keep yourself grounded in reality and stay true to yourself when you’re doing such a glamourous job?
DK: I’m not so glamourous. I like to just stay home. And avoid “it” and “hot” places and stay in quiet places and hide from people. When I was 13, I had a hard time keeping myself ‘grounded’ in reality, but now I’m very aware that I will have to quit this soon so therefore I stopped caring so much about it. I’m happy when I do well, but I don’t get so upset even when I don’t do so well. How do I stay true to myself? I stay away from people who kiss my ass.
So staying away from flatters is how you keep yourself from getting a big head. Then the people you do surround yourself with, how supportive are they of your career as a model?
DK: My friends and family don’t treat me in a certain way. They treat me the same all the time. They tell me that I should quit whenever I want to. I think they don’t really care about my career and they don’t care if I’m famous or not. I think that helps. Also my mother agent is always super kind and honest to me through out many years.
Again with all the success in your modeling career, you’re life has probably changed a lot. What aspects do you miss from your old life prior to modeling?
DK: I don’t remember. I was modeling since 13, I didn’t have a normal life. I’m kind of sad about the fact that I still don’t have friends my age, but I’m okay with it. But I think even if I wasn’t a model it wouldn’t have been normal anyway.
On to your actual career as a model now... You’re no stranger to runways, but do you get nervous walking for high profile designers and being watched by many?
DK: I don’t hate it. I’m happy to walk for designers I love, like Chanel, Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, etc.
How do you pass the time while waiting around for the show to begin?
DK: I sleep, or draw, or listen to music, or tape my shoes [I have small feet and the shoes are always so big].
You’ve also walked Chanel shows one after another [Fall 07 Ready-to-wear, Resort 08, Couture 2007]. How do you feel about being a Chanel favourite?
DK: So happy.
Being a Chanel favourite means you must be doing something right, so in general how does it feel to be so well received by this industry which is known for it's harsh rejection?
DK: It wasn’t like this from the beginning, and still you have to face criticism and rejection everyday. But I think I don’t care anymore. Some people like you and some people hate you. You can’t please everybody and people shouldn’t judge anybody for their looks anyway. Sometimes I wonder why I model too.
Let’s talk about photoshoots for a bit. You’ve done your fair share of them, so what would you say makes a great photoshoot and who are some of the photographers you’ve enjoyed working with?
DK: Great photographers, good staff with a vision, fresh and new ideas, and going crazy on photoshoots. I love jumping or screaming or acting nuts on sets. I love movies, B-movies and grotesque movies, David Lynch, El Topo, Holy Mountain, etc. And sometimes people get inspirations from films like that, and once I had to shoot a story which was based on “Lost Highway” and I felt like I’m high when I’m doing that. I think shooting is like acting. Instead of posing, I like moving. Feel like I’m somebody else and I can cry, I can laugh hysterically, or roll on the floor and be psycho. I really enjoyed working with Sofia & Mauro. Sofia is very charismatic and inspiring to do crazy things on camera.
Another big achievement in your career was doing the Moschino FW07 ad campaign alongside other popular Asian models. What was your experience working Peter Lindbergh and doing the campaign?
DK: It’s good to use lots of Asian models because I’m Asian. :P Peter is a funny guy!!!!!! I like the fact that they had crepes on set. I really like crepes.
Now you see more Asian models becoming quite popular like Du Juan, Hye Park, Ai Tominaga, and now yourself. Do you find it more difficult for a model of Asian ethnicity to breakthrough into the industry compared to other models?
DK: I don’t compare myself to other models, every one is born a certain way. I don’t want to limit myself as just an “Asian” model. I want to be something further.
Right now you’re on the cover of Vogue Korea, alongside Coco Rocha. Was it surreal in anyway working with Coco and the Vogue team?
DK: Yay ! Vogue cover! It was so weird because I was so excited when I heard the news but when I was shooting, it felt like a normal shoot. I mean, it’s like that for every job. I enjoy it but I realize “wow can’t believe I’ve done that” like wayyyyy after.
How does it feel to see yourself on the cover and on billboards around the world?
DK: First time I saw myself on a magazine/cover/billboard it felt so weird. I stared at it many times, but I got used to it. I laugh if it turns out to look hideous. It’s really nice to get emails/letters from fans thanking you! Makes me really happy.
Between walking the runways and doing photoshoots for editorials or campaigns, which do you prefer more?
DK: Of course campaigns because it pays more hahaha. I hate this fact but money gives you freedom. But if I had that freedom, I’d prefer editorial work but this also depends on what kind of editorial work, I love magazine visuals like i-D, Tank , Self Service, Numéro, etc.
Like you said, money gives you freedom. With that said, many other models have told us that modeling for them is a way to gain easy money. Is modeling like that for you or do you truly enjoy it all?
DK: First of all, its not EASY MONEY. No one is forcing me to do it. So I feel okay about it right now. But I’m not so competitive as well. I’m glad when I work with people with great vision and ability. But it sucks to work with people who are unprofessional.
What do you expect to do once you decide to leave the modeling world?
DK: I don’t expect anything. It will happen once it happens, naturally. I think I would do something very random. Hmmm.
Well you aren’t going anywhere anytime soon being a popular model and most likely extremely busy, so what are some of the things you are currently working on?
DK: I shot with Sofia& Mauro for China Vogue, Swarovski, and 10. I shot the John Richmond campaign. Recently I’ve been home for the past 3 weeks. Shot for W Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, the Elle cover [just came back from the shoot actually] etc. I’m doing a solo exhibition at this gallery called “Daily Project” next week. And I’m publishing a art/fashion/travel book about Seoul with my best friend who is a stylist. I should really be working now…

ADOMM Quick Questionnaire:
Could you tell us about your birthplace?
DK: I was born in Seoul, Korea. But my family moved away when I was 3 months old, so I only lived there for 3 years in my whole life. I only learnt Korean when I came here 2 years ago, and I still speak with a funny accent.
You have mentioned in a Korean TV show that you love painting. What do you paint?
DK: I did a TV show in Korea about “models”. And they made me look like a freak. I’m actually quite shy and calm but they wanted me to look hysteric and crazy and they put me through such a hard time! And now I’m stuck with this goofy-crazy image in Korea.
I love painting. I actually did modeling so that I could skip school so I could have more free time to read and watch movies and paint, but I don’t really have time nowadays which is really sad. So instead I work on books/video art/photography because that way I can work while I’m traveling. My solo exhibition coming up is going to show my video works/ photography.
When you are at home, what do you love to do?
DK: I’D LOVE TO JUST DO NOTHING. But unfortunately I have to work. I still make time to play with guinea pigs. But when I’m not working I’d love to spend more time with mom and dad but I think they’re too busy too.
What is a typical day like for you?
DK: Wake up in the morning , shower, go to shoot or go to the airport.
On vacation— play with guinea pigs, watch B-movies in my room or go to ghetto art cinema, or go to some rave party or go to tranny bars. Collecting/stealing forks from restaurants. Going to playgrounds at night and scare children but children nowadays are scarier than me.
What are your hobbies/interests?
DK: Guinea pigs, eating, sleeping, reading Bukowski, Tolstoi, and Yamada Aimee novels. Watching the History and Discovery Channel about the Russian Revolution, World Wars, Dooms day. Nowadays I’m really into watching Kitche, old Korean zombie movies from the 70’s, and watching Yakuza horror/prisoner woman genre movies from the 70’s.
What is something that most people don't generally know about you?
DK: I cut my left finger once.
Appearance wise, do you look more like your Dad or do you go after your Mum?
DK: I’m my dad’s clone. It’s kind of scary. I look almost exactly the same as his boyhood photos because he was so skinny and uhm. I have his face. Also he is gore-movie fan and he also likes blood.
Of course a model has to be somewhat appealing, for you, what do you consider to be your most attractive feature?
DK: I don’t know. You tell me.
You have a unique sense of fashion which a lot of people admire and idolize you for. Are you a fashion conscious person at all?
DK: No. I don’t care about how I look. I do respect and enjoy good designers,good fashion, and good fashion visuals but I’m not too obsessive about it. For fall and winter I want to look like a black monster thing with bangs walking on the street.
Do you have any beauty secrets to share with other women?
DK: Inner beauty is most important.
Describe your ideal man…
DK: Who doesn’t call guinea pigs hamsters.
Favourite Designer: Yohji [Yamamoto], Dries [Van Noten], and Prada
Favourite Female Model: It’s a secret.
Favourite Male Model: None
You seem like a movie buff so what's your favourite movie?

DK: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, El Topo, Female Prisoner 701 Scorpion Woman, Fallen Angel, Happy Together, Toni Takitani, this will go on forever so I will stop.
Any favourite types of music?
DK: I’m not TOO crazy about music, but 80’s electro/new wave. Right now, spandau ballet.
Define yourself in three words: I'm so lonely.

[click images to enlarge]
*images courtesy of:,,,
with photoshopping done by adomm

Saturday, August 11, 2007


we keep adding more model interviewees to the list, which is absolutely great.
new add: the new Prada boy Nick Snider [VNY/Beatrice]

keep watch for interviews this month with:
Johanna Jonsson
Daul Kim
Nick Snider
Nico DeRobertis
Christopher Sylvest
Maxime Hardy
and more

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

nouvelle addition

added to the list: Nico DeRobertis [Ford] will also be featured on ADOMM :] You can currently see Nico in the following autumn/winter 07.08 ad campaigns: CK, United Colors of Benetton, and Pepe Jeans alongside Sienna Miller.

new interviews coming on the 13th of August

Sunday, August 5, 2007

hennig havoc!!!

A chance encounter with photographer, Skye Tan, and an impromptu photoshoot at the Berlin Sanitation Department was all German born model, Julian Hennig needed to live the model life. Julian has walked for majour designers, participated in two different fashion weeks, graced the pages of well known magazines, and worked alongside some of the biggest male models today. Not bad for only being a model for a mere month and some odd days. With all the momentum surrounding Julian, it's safe to say that this newcomer has a bright future ahead of him in the industry.

July 2007
Name: Julian Hennig
Agencies: Viva/Ford Homme
Birthdate: 18th of August, 1988
From: Berlin, Germany

Your career is basically on high-speed. How has modeling changed your life in the short time that you've been working as a model?
JH: It has changed quite a bit. I haven’t been home for more than a couple of days in July and did not get to see my friends very often but I can still keep in touch with them online. I guess you have to make some sacrifices if you want to be successful and I am willing to make these sacrifices.
What were you doing prior to modeling?
JH: I was just a regular guy, who’s going to school.
Many models are usually plucked out of obscurity and had "grand discoveries", so how were you discovered?
JH: I was found on by a photographer named Skye Tan. He dropped me message saying that he is a photographer from Singapore who is living in Berlin right now and asked me if I have ever considered modeling. In the beginning I was very skeptical because I honestly had never really thought about modeling but I decided to give it a shot and met up with the photographer at a café were he showed me his work. Later on we did a test shoot in the parking lot of the Berlin sanitation department and he introduced me to Viva Models. I signed with them in the end of June and things started taking off pretty fast from there.
Before your lucky break, what were your first impressions of modeling?
JH: It may sounds strange but I never ever really thought about what it must be like. At the time right before I was discovered “Germany’s Next Top Model” was running on TV and my brother used to watch it with his friends at our house and so that stamped my image of the modeling world.
So what would be your first modeling assignment?
JH: My first job was an editorial shooting for a German magazine and on the same day I shot a small movie in which I introduced myself to YSL because they had shown interest in me. I went to Paris 24 hours later.
You basically just started modeling a few weeks ago but you've already caused quite a stir in the modeling world. How does it feel to be so well received by an industry known for rejection?
JH: It is still hard to believe what is happening right now and I guess I just got really, really lucky. I am very happy about how everything happened and I hope it’s going to be like this in the future.
So far everything is going pretty well for you, so what would you say is the best thing about being a model?
JH: Traveling around and getting to know so many interesting people.
What's the worst part?
JH: Having to ask stupid questions like “What exactly is a ‘go-see’?”
Your runway debut was in Paris, for Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 08 collection. Tell us how you felt about doing such a high profile show?
JH: I did not know how high profile it really was until more and more people started telling me after the show was over. Now I know that it is a really good show to be doing and I am glad I was able to do it.
The YSL show had a lot of big time male models walking, such as Mathias Lauridsen, Danny Beauchamp, and Eddie Klint (to name a few); were you intimidated in anyway being a newcomer?
JH: No, not at all. I didn’t know any of them so I could not be intimidated. I was a little nervous because it seemed like everyone at the show had a lot more experience than I did. But other than that I just tried to do my best and not stick out as a newcomer too much.
Runway shows are more interactive than photoshoots, and especially doing high profile runways like YSL and Hugo Boss (the ones you’ve participated in) would be rather nerve racking. Do you get nervous at all or is it more of an adrenaline rush?
JH: Both. It’s like taking a hot and a cold shower at the same time. On the one hand I was a little nervous but on the other hand I just thought “This is so cool”.
We all know that a runway show takes time and preparation, which means a lot of waiting around during these type of jobs. What do you usually do to pass the time?
JH: I just sit around listen to my iPod, read magazines or talk to some of the other guy models.
It’s all pretty hectic backstage, but many of the male models seem more relaxed and friendly towards one another in comparison to female models. Who are some of your new model friends that you’ve made?
JH: I don’t think I can call them friends yet but I have talked and hung out with quite a few models. The first guy I met was Sean Opry, then I met a whole bunch of German models, some of them were newcomers also like Felix Schopgens who is from Berlin, too. I got to know Valentine from St. Petersburg and went out for dinner with my agent, Franck Welker where he introduced me to Adrian Bosch and Mathias Lauridsen. In Berlin I met Douglas Jewell and Thibault Oberlin at the Hugo Boss party after the show.
Ok so between fashion shows and photoshoots for editorials, which would you prefer doing?
JH: I know this answer is boring but I don’t think I prefer one of them. It’s just so different, I like meeting new people and that’s much easier when you do shows. On the other hand I like photoshoots as well because everything is a lot more relaxed and there are not quite as many people watching you.
You mentioned that your favourite part of modeling was traveling around, so what would be your favourite city you've visited thus far?
JH: Even before I started modeling I traveled a lot and I always loved going to New York City. Paris is very nice, too and I will always enjoy being in Berlin. So if it comes down to the cities I have got to know through modeling it has to be Paris. I liked London as well but I hardly saw anything of the city so I can’t really make a judgment about it.
What are three essential things you can't leave without when you travel?
JH: My iPod, my cellphone and lots of cash :D. Unfortunately my iPod broke right after I got home from Paris and so I had to stick with books from then on. I will have to buy a new one as fast as possible.
A lot of male models see the industry as an opportunity to gain easy money and get pampered a bit along the way. Is modeling like that for you, or do you genuinely enjoy being a model?
JH: Thus far it has been a lot of fun and I enjoyed doing it because it allows me to do what I love to do right now which is trying new things and meeting new people.
It’s safe to say that male models usually don’t achieve superstardom compared to female models, but they do achieve a small amount of recognition. How do you feel when you see yourself in magazines or knowing that somewhere on the internet groups of girls are wishing to meet you? Is it strange for you or do you embrace it?
JH: I don’t really care to be honest.
You are still quite young, do you still attend school?
JH: I am in 13th grade next year which is my last year of high school since we have thirteen years of school in Germany.
Would you say school is important to you, or is it just a back up plan to what you’d really like to do?
JH: School is very important to me. Before I am going to continue studying at a university, I am planning on taking a year or two off studying to work as a model full time.
What do you expect to do once you decide to leave the modeling world?
JH: I want to major in either business or medicine at a top university.
You're definitely a model on the rise, so you're quite busy. Laslty, what are some of the things you are currently working on?
JH: I just got back from London were I shot an editorial with Dazed & Confused Magazine. I will also be featured in Flux Magazine, FHM Collections and the German QVEST. I am going to Hamburg next week for another editorial shooting and I am sure there is more to come.

ADOMM Quick Questionnaire:
Could you tell us more about where you're born?
JH: I grew up in a suburb of Berlin called Kladow, very close to the border of the former East Germany.
Back in Germany you also worked as an editor at a magazine. Can you tell us more about the magazine and your experience working there?
JH: The magazine is called Readmore. It was launched as a web blog by students and was recently bought by a big German publisher. I was primarily doing interviews for them. I traveled around Germany and to NYC for the mag.
You’ve also lived in the USA for a bit. What was your trip to Oregon for? And how did you like America and the people?
JH: I went to the United States as an exchange student in the summer of 2005 and stayed there for about a year with a host family in the capital of Oregon, Salem. I went to the South Salem High School and graduated with the class of 2006. My host family was great and I made a lot of very good friends while I was over there. I like America but of course, like everywhere, you have some ignorant people around, which can be dangerous if they have great influence. For the most part all the people I have met have been very open, helpful and nice to me though.
What are your hobbies/interests?
JH: I have always been a sportive kind of guy. I love sports. I used to play football (soccer) tennis and do athletics. Right now I only play golf at a nearby golf course and go to the gym. I also enjoy going snowboarding or skiing in the winter. Besides sports I like to go fishing and I read everything from newspapers to books and magazines.
Appearance wise, do you look more like your Dad or do you go after your Mum?
JH: I think I look more like my dad.
Of course a model has to be somewhat appealing, for you, what do you consider to be your most attractive feature?
JH: I like my frame.
Describe your ideal woman?
JH: I haven’t met her yet. Most of the girl models I have met were too skinny for me though.
Who are the people that influence you the most?
JH: My grandparents and my parents.
The industry is basically about appearance and the way you look, are you a fashion conscious guy at all?
JH: You can’t do much wrong with jeans and t-shirt. I like wearing nice cloth, but I still do not spend too much money on clothes.
Favorite movie:
JH: I just watched “Walk the Line Last Night” and loved it.
Favorite musical band:
JH: Eels
Now, define yourself in three words...
JH: Optimistic, Confident, Polite.

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with photoshopping done by ADOMM

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

10 minutes with...

Perhaps you've seen him on the runways, or maybe even on the television, but no doubt the busy model/actor, Nicolas Granjon is always doing something new. The young 18 year old spends his days traveling around the world to shoot editorials in Tokyo, to Milan to walk the runways, jetsetting to NYC to check out the sites, and back home to Paris to perform plays with his theatre company. With so little time to spare, Nicolas graciously spent a few minutes to answer some quick questions with ADOMM.
July 2007

Name: Nicolas Granjon
Agencies: Ford Homme, Why Not, Activa Management [Japan]
From: Paris, France
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Ok we'll be quick. So you've already managed to walk the dream runways of Alexander McQueen and Viktor & Rolf (to name a few), but campaign wise, what would be your "dream campaign" to do?
NG: I think Louis Vuitton (because I’m French) or Dolce & Gabbana or perhaps Gucci...[laughs]
We've heard you're also an accomplished actor. How long have you been acting for?
NG: I've been an actor since I was 6.
As an actor, where might we have seen you?
NG: I played the Little Prince [in “Le Petit Prince”] written by Saint Exupéry for 2 years. I played in a movie [titled "Fabio Montale"] where I had the part of Alain Delon in flashbacks, and I acted in plays in theatre every year with my company, L'héliotrope Théâtre.
If you had to choose between acting and modeling, which would you choose?
NG: I don't want to make this choice!!!! I like them both and, for the moment, nobody asked me to make a choice, so I don't ask myself this question.
Since ADOMM is about modeling, let's get back to your modeling career. If you weren't a model, what do you think you would probably be doing now?
NG: If I wasn't a model, I would just go to school and holidays and have a life like all teenagers.
Once you decide to leave the modeling world, what do you plan to do?
NG: I'm already full of projects. I will create a bar with friends, will continue my studies in the trade, and will begin my life.
Any advice for those who wish to join the modeling industry?
NG: To take it like a play, not to have "the large head." Too many young people who become a model and think they have the right of get what they want... then they become unpleasant.
Lastly, any editorials or plays we can catch you in?
NG: I did many editorials in Japan, for ELLE Japan and High Fashion, etc. And I’m preparing for a French play by Emmanuel Schimt for December.

ADOMM Quick Questionnaire:
What don't most people know about you?
NG: Nothing... I say to each one what he must know. The principal thing is to say to those who count for me that I love them.
Other than acting and modeling, what are your hobbies/interests?
NG: Tennis
What's your favourite artist/band?
NG: I don't have a favourite, but I like house or movie soundtracks sometimes.
What's your favourite movie?
NG: that which I look at this moment "The Man in the Iron Mask"
You're also very well traveled, so what's your favourite city to visit and why?
NG: New York because this city is like me "tall" [laughs]. It's a very beautiful city which never sleeps. But I like most of all, my town of birth, PARIS.

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