We recently had the chance to sit down with model Jordan Paris of Soul Artist Management to discuss travel, fashion & of course the modeling industry.
This week, I hosted a casting as I usually do for upcoming projects and Jordan stood out right away for his striking face and sculpted body. The Portland, Maine native is new on the scene and will be something big with editorials already in GQ Style Russia, Iris Covet Book and Risbel Magazine, to name a few. Check my interview with Jordan after the jump.
How did you become a model?
I came off the bus in downtown New York when I was in college and I got scouted by a model scout.
What did you think modeling was before you got into the industry?
I didn’t know anything about it. I thought there was like Victoria’s Secret models, and that was it. I never knew there were male models like that.
So you never thought about modeling a day in your life?
Never. I got approached by a prominent modeling agency, but I said no, I didn’t want to model then. And then, kind of right time, right place, for everything that happened, and I was like yeah, I’ll let it ride for a little bit, see what happens.
What’s been the biggest highlight so far?
I mean the Ralph Lauren campaign was an amazing experience for me, but I have to say the D Squared 20th-anniversary show in Milan, with Mary J. Blige performing, in an abandoned castle. That was surreal, that was absolutely out of this world.
Who’s a dream photographer you haven’t worked with yet?
I’ve got to choose the classic Bruce Weber. I’ve always been a fan of the photos he has done for Abercrombie & Fitch.
Describe your go to look for castings?
Clean, classic, sharp and strong altogether. I’m talking about fitted jeans, a classic tee, white, black and sometimes I’ll wear green to bring out my eyes depending on what mood I’m in. As far as footwear I might wear Vans, boots, just simple, a blank canvas that you can paint all over.
Are there any models you admire?
Sean O’Pry got some good stuff, he’s got a good look, but, I like David Gandy. Strong, beautiful man.
So what’s your favorite city you’ve been to?
By far Berlin. I just loved the history there, and it’s very grungy, kind of lively, the people are pretty, everything is cool. It has a London feel to it, that I like.
Where do you see Jordan W. Paris in five years?
Out of New York, that’s for sure. I would still come back for work, but, I want to be on the West Coast. Maybe not LA specifically, but, I love Vancouver a lot. Yeah, maybe one of the beach towns in LA, who knows. I see myself still modeling, but I want to get back into what I went to school for. So like, yeah business, but I was working with real estate, I was working with commercial and residential managing them.
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Photos/Interview: Shameer Khan