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Next Questions — Lorena Rae
 
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NEW YORK — Lorena Rae is starting a new chapter in her life. Having recently moved to New York, signed with Next, and as of yesterday passed 1 million follower on Instagram, Lorena has the makings of not a simply a new chapter, but a spectacular one. Hailing from the north of Germany, Lower Saxony to be exact, Lorena has long had her sights set on a bigger, possibly even American stage. You can hear it, or rather not hear it in Lorena’s voice. She speaks with an almost native American accent, which to even a discerning ear is hardly detectable. “I was never really a fan of the German accent. I would try to watch all my series like Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl in English, which taught me very much,” says Lorena. “Plus, my mom’s dad was from New York, so I think that was in my genes.” To put this in perspective, the prevailing practice in Germany is voice dubbing. Seeking out English language versions of popular American television series and movies is certainly not impossible, but still requires effort, one that Lorena has certainly expended with great success. Blessed with beautiful skin, a flawless body, and a sunny disposition, Lorena Rae has everything that it takes to make this new chapter of hers the best one yet. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Lorena Rae”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Lorena Rae.
Views: 89499 Next Management
Next Questions — Erika Linder
 
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NEW YORK — Biology is such that no matter how many shoots Erika Linder does as a woman, which the Swedish model most certainly is, her appearances in print as the male of the species will always grab headlines. Recently a pair of smashing editorials for ELLE and Marie Claire have given lie to the idea that Erika’s repertoire is strictly male. “This year I wanted to shoot more feminine stuff just so I don’t get caught up in just doing the men’s stuff,” says Erika about her year to date. “At the end of the day I am a girl. I don’t want to be a guy. I am perfectly comfortable with who I am, it’s just work.” This last point in particular is something Erika made clear more than once during the interview, she is a girl and happy being a girl no matter what is lately trending in the gender-politics zeitgeist. The versatility of Erika’s look are part of what have made her a favorite of Nicolas Ghesquière on the runway for Louis Vuitton as well as the stealthiest casting for Tom Ford advertising in recent memory. As exceptional as Erika’s CV reads, her ambitions are immense as evidenced in the admiration she holds for houses for which she has yet to work including Saint Laurent. “There is something that speaks to me [about Saint Laurent]…the whole music scene and underground.” At the bottom of it all, though Erika is willing to have a laugh whether it concerns Sweden’s export of babes or who is the greatest Batman of all time. And if readers are wondering, Michael Keaton! Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Erika Linder”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Erika Linder.
Views: 244396 Next Management
Next Questions — Younes Bendjima
 
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NEW YORK — The world is rife with distraction. Great is the reward for those who do not succumb to outside influences. Any boxer who steps into the ring to compete knows this and trains at length to ensure focus is at maximum. Younes Bendjima began training as a boxer at the early age of 11 with his uncle, who is his trainer to this day. The physical regimen is of course demanding, but to truly conquer the psychological edge must be maintained. Born in Lyon, Younes was raised by his mother, whose rearing in combination with boxing helped him become the man he is today. “Boxing teaches you about respect, hard work, focus on what you eat, how many hours you sleep,” says Younes, who learned very early on the consequences of not meeting the expectations demanded of a genuine competitor. Distraction inside the ring can prove consequential, if not fatal. Same is true outside of the ring. Away from the headlines and nearly incessant press, Younes leads a quiet life, dominated by training, devotion to family, and his career in modeling. Younes made his modeling debut for Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, walking in the men’s Spring 2013 runway show. Notice of the booking came almost immediately after the casting, which prompted in him near disbelief. Younes has been modeling since that day, which he pursues alongside his boxing regime. Arriving late last week in New York, Younes is enjoying the change of scenery from his sunny home of Los Angeles. Just yesterday Younes mounted a successful takeover of the Vogue Hommes Instagram, setting an impossibly high bar for anyone looking to do the same for the publication. “I try to keep it low-key…I work out…take care of my family. That’s the most important, if people want to know who I really am.” No distraction there, Younes is his own man. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Younes Bendjima”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Younes Bendjima.
Views: 363441 Next Management
Next Questions — Trevor Signorino
 
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NEW YORK — “I’m just an everyday guy. I’m 22-years-old, I go to school, I’m trying to get a degree, live an average life. The fact that I do get to possibly be on a billboard or a commercial or whatever is awesome, but it’s never going to change my character or who I am.” That Trevor Signorino, face of a Versace fragrance campaign and favorite of Bruce Weber, considers himself just an everyday guy ought to give everyday folk succor in these trying times. Everyday is simply not a word that anyone in full command of his or her faculties would use in relation to this flawless human specimen. Exceptional or extraordinary, either would more adequately begin to describe the Toms River, New Jersey native, but neither really do justice to the young man himself in his ascendency in the world men’s modeling. Two and half years into modeling, Trevor has featured in fragrance and fashion advertising for Versace by Bruce Weber, shot advertising for Diesel, and claimed a cover of men’s fashion biannual Hercules, also by Weber. Countless editorials and runway appearances have additionally helped establish Trevor as one of the hottest prospects men’s modeling today. No surprise, then that Models.com has ranked Trevor on its Hot List. Still, though if asked, Trevor mentions that he is but three semesters away from graduating with a teaching degree. He already coaches high school football, which is something he loves. “I just love working with kids, watching them grow.” Teaching physical education and health as well as coaching football, basketball, or track are lifelong dreams of his, but Trevor is not about to turn his back on modeling. Whatever path Trevor takes, it will be successful. He just has that air about him. Looking like he stepped straight out of central casting is one thing, but having two feet planted firmly on the ground will always serve Trevor well. “I’m in two worlds right now…so for now I’m just going to ride the wave.” Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Trevor Signorino”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Trevor Signorino.
Views: 20491 Next Management
Next Questions — Lucky Blue
 
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NEW YORK — Another day, another Lucky Blue story. Today, though the script has been flipped and this entry comes from inside the agency for an all new occasional video interview series called Next Questions in which models, talent, and persons of interest answer the questions they aren’t typically being asked. Fresh on the heels of his interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lucky entertains a series of questions ranging from what his favorite Emoji characters are to which country can his most fanatic admirers be found. The young man of the moment is on course to surpassing one million followers on Instagram and yet he carries himself an affability and generosity that belies his ever loftier standing. There is no limit to what Lucky Blue can achieve, which makes this first installment of Next Questions all the more special. Watch this space for future episodes. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Lucky Blue”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Lucky Blue.
Views: 64154 Next Management
Next Questions — João Knorr
 
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NEW YORK — “I like my job,” says a grinning João Knorr. For the Brazilian native, modeling has provided an opportunity to not only travel the world, but also express himself on a scale previously unimaginable. To get a sense of scale, consider in a but a year since he was discovered, João made his runway debut as a Versace exclusive opening the menswear show in January, photographed with Steven Klein for a Vogue Italia cover story, and landed his first advertising campaign for Dsquared2. These days João is in New York for the first time where he is working regularly. João hails from the south of Brazil, in the Rio Grande do Sul state capital of Porto Alegre. Modeling began almost immediately for João after being scouted playing volleyball in June 2017 and by the end of the year he would ink a contract with Next Management. Fitness is something for which João has always had a high aptitude. Growing up he played tennis and volleyball at an advanced level. As much as he enjoys sport, this new life of his as a model is something he has fully embraced. Of equal Dutch and German extraction, João’s chiseled features and peroxide hair call to mind “White Wedding” era Billy Idol, not to mention Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty in Blade Runner (1982). Likeness aside, João is his own man and surely will be drawing his own comparisons in good time. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — João Knorr;” Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
Views: 5506 Next Management
Next Questions — Kate B
 
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Kate B knows her look — beautiful. “There are three types of models...weird models, ugly models, and beautiful models,” explains Kate before quietly admitting that she feels she is firmly in the third camp. No, this is not just another narcissistic pronouncement from a selfie-obsessed Gen Z model, rather it is an insightful observation from a seasoned professional of the beauty and luxury industries. It is difficult to argue with the Russian beauty, who featured prominently in one of the most memorable Dolce & Gabbana advertising campaigns in recent memory. Kate especially enjoyed shooting that campaign, not least for its transformative effects that enabled her look like the princess she truly is, much to the chagrin of her friends. “We know you in real life...you’re crazy!” Never mind what some might think, Kate’s beauty is undeniable and allied with a genuine sense of humor and utter refusal to take herself too seriously, she is downright irresistible. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Kate B”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Kate B.
Views: 4189 Next Management
Next Questions — Blanca Padilla
 
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NEW YORK — “I think it’s really good to always try to be better than the day before,” says Blanca Padilla. “It takes effort. It takes determination, but it works.” Blanca ought to know this more than most. The beauty from Madrid has long enjoyed a well established modeling career having achieved everything from landing a cover of her native Vogue España to walking in the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. For most models, this would have been enough, but Blanca is not most models. Before the shows in September were even so much as a mood board, Blanca had set her sights on something bigger, something which would eventually culminate into a semi-exclusive for Givenchy. This sort of exclusivity is very often reserved for models making their debut, the reality of which made the honor all the more special. That Blanca was also the only model in a cast of over 50 girls to wear not one, but two looks is no mean feat, one which bolsters her very thesis of being better than the day before today. Blanca has always boasted a beauty that is almost maddening in its perfection, but added to her aesthetic appeal is a newfound complexity, the likes of which makes her first choice today and most certainly tomorrow. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Blanca Padilla”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Blanca Padilla.
Views: 43890 Next Management
Next Questions — Lili Sumner
 
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NEW YORK — “I don’t really have any female style inspirations,” admits Lili Sumner in the latest installment of the weekly video interview series Next Questions. “I kind of prefer how men dress when they dress in a feminine way.” Glance over Lili’s modeling CV with her numerous runway appearances for Saint Laurent, many of which were exclusive, and no great leap of the imagination is required to work out her affection for period styles of the likes of David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Wearing a ruffled silk shirt in white paired with a plaid capri pant and finished off with a vintage leather belt, hat, and Chanel flap bag, Lili’s styling nous does not go unnoticed. On the contrary, the New-Zealand-by-way-of-London beauty’s inimitable style is something that is as carefully cultivated as it is so effortlessly executed. “Always vintage...always,” Lili says when asked to choose between it and something new. “Because new stuff, anyone can get it, but if it’s vintage, then it’s yours...usually.” What is exclusively Lili’s is her own way in high fashion, which has gone from strength to strength translating her successes on the runway to her presence on the page. Where Lili goes from here is anyone’s guess, so long as it is to even more dizzying heights. Credits include: Title, “Next Question — Lili Sumner”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Lili Sumner.
Views: 2787 Next Management
Next Questions — Tyler Blue Golden
 
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NEW YORK — “Find the things that you’re passionate about, let those shine through, be honest, be original, and…keep skating,” says Tyler Blue Golden, who credits skateboarding as a life-changing activity for all the doors it has opened. Chief amongst his accomplishments of the last year include working with Raf Simons and Willy Vanderperre on advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein. Tyler’s his own man and now is looking ahead to even greater feats
Views: 1939 Next Management
Next Questions — Nimue Smit
 
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NEW YORK — Nimue Smit admits she is a somewhat of a nerd, her chief weakness being a soft spot for science fiction. Doubtless this admission will jeopardize any career aspirations the Dutch beauty has after she long ago catapulted her away into high fashion by way of a Prada campaign by Steven Meisel. There is something endearing about the manner in which Nimue owns up to this predilection of hers, as if it would be inconceivable that a recently graduated premedical university student from Holland like herself could possibly derive satisfaction from a genre currently in the clutches of a virulent Star Wars revival. What Nimue’s admission of course betrays is a passion and attention to detail that has served her well throughout a long career. That passion is more than evident in the Vogue Nederland cover story from this summer that she shot with Dutch photographer Marc de Groot. Nimue began shooting with de Groot at the age of 16 and all these years later was thrilled to travel to the Dutch island of Aruba off the coast of Venezuela for a weeklong shoot. Originally the story was meant to be 16 pages, but ended up being a full 28. Nimue believes this expansion was down to the sheer fun of the shoot, which helped create some truly extraordinary portraits. As if the shoot did not provide enough enjoyment, Nimue and crew dove into the sea and swam with flamingoes once they wrapped. Apart from modeling, Nimue is passionate about cooking healthy, which she enjoys doing at home for friends and family. Making traditionally prepared dishes more healthy, for example, by substituting vegetables for refined starches is something Nimue especially loves. This passion is also partly behind her involvement with Healthy Food Company, which is committed to making wholesome snack foods available to students and others across the Netherlands through the development, distribution, and stocking of its own proprietary vending machines. Was Nimue’s background in the hard sciences previously mentioned?! Beauty and intelligence wedded to a high work ethic are all part of what has made Nimue the successful model she is today. If Nimue is what a nerd looks like, then there might be hope yet. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Nimue Smit”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Nimue Smit.
Views: 3484 Next Management
Next Questions — Clara McSweeney
 
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NEW YORK — Careers in modeling are not simply the manifestation of a will to power. The myriad barriers to entry are formidable, all of which make a mockery of such philosophical triflings as will. That being said, a woman capable of walking down the industry’s most exclusive runways who is in possession of a will to power, that is, a desire to achieve the highest possible position is likely to go far indeed. Irish model Clara McSweeney hails from the village of Kilmurry in County Cork. With a population of little more than a 100 inhabitants, Kilmurry does not exactly distinguish itself in the indices of world fashion. Geography was never going to be an impediment for Clara, however who decided at an early age she would be a model. “Even as a child I always said, maybe I could be a model one day.” As a teenager, she went one step further, agreeing with her mother that she would try it out. That she did. Lithe and endowed with overwhelming natural beauty, Clara was never going to to be a hard sell, not then and certainly not now. If those early days were dominated by marathon journeys up the M7/M8 to Dublin to make prohibitively early call times, then her subsequent move to New York has afforded her a way of life far more conducive to professional modeling. What living in Gotham has also brought Clara is time and peace of mind to pursue her artistic passions. Anyone who follows Clara on Instagram will know of her fervor for painting. Living on her own in New York has been something of a revelation for Clara in artistic terms. The very fact of privacy after all was never a guarantee coming from a big family back in Ireland. Independent to a fault, Clara is just the sort of woman who can reach whatever heights whether in modeling or brushing oil across a canvas. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Clara McSweeney”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
Views: 1661 Next Management
Next Questions — Ralph Souffrant
 
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NEW YORK — The perennial challenge for any model in fashion is how to be distinguished from all the other beautiful faces. The barrier to entry is formidable, but for anyone who has won the proverbial genetic lottery, getting signed by a modeling agency is just the beginning. Ralph Souffrant has no trouble distinguishing himself, on the contrary, he is quick to remind viewers he too is a human being, one eager to say hello. Standing out has never been difficult for Ralph, what with his chiseled muscles and abundantly freckled skin and all. Born in Saint-Marc, Haiti, Ralph moved to Brooklyn at an early age and spent his formative years there. Ralph was eventually discovered in a city park in Brooklyn by a photographer. Not long after that Ralph inked his first modeling contract and eventually made his runway debut for YEEZY Season 3. These days Ralph is signed with Next and when he’s not shooting, he is studying acting. He looks up to Dwayne Johnson, whom he regards in high esteem. Quick study that Ralph is, viewers and admirers alike can expect many distinguished performances to come. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Ralph Souffrant”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
Views: 2151 Next Management
Saint Laurent Summer 2019
 
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PARIS — In the Gospel of Matthew, Peter disembarks from a ship of fellow disciples and walks on water, albeit momentarily. This feat, Peter claims, would serve as proof that the figure witnessed earlier walking over the surface of the Sea of Galilee was no apparition, but in fact Jesus. Sunday school alumni of course know Peter’s lack of faith would lead to his sinking and subsequent panicked pleas to be rescued by Jesus. Faith, then is necessary for achieving anything, let alone a miracle like walking on water. Anthony Vaccarello throughout his career as a designer has never been found wanting for faith. From his early days an indie designer to his subsequent ascendancy to creative director at Saint Laurent, Vaccarello’s collections have always exhibited an unshakable faith in the rightness of his vision. Powerful, dark, sexy, and an ability to walk over an infinity pool stretched out before a vista culminating in the Eiffel Tower, these are but the essential traits of Vaccarello’s Saint Laurent woman. This much was true Tuesday night at Place de Varsovie, for the Saint Laurent Summer 2019 runway show, which literally had models walking on water. Showing faith for Next were no fewer than 10 models from across the global network including Saint Laurent exclusive Abbey Lee, followed by Maria Miguel, Hiandra Martinez, Binx Walton, Jamie Bochert, Sara Eirud, Selena Forrest, Anok Yai, Cara Taylor, and Anja Rubik. Whether the collection is as miraculous as the staging seemed is neither here nor there, a runway show of this magnitude and intensity is worthy of at least 15 minutes of devotion on a weeknight in Paris. Credits include: Client, Saint Laurent; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Summer 2019; Creative design, Anthony Vaccarello; Styling, Alastair McKimm; Hair, Duffy; Makeup, Tom Pecheux; Show direction and production, Alexandre de Betak at Bureau Betak; Casting, Piergiorgio Del Moro, Samuel Ellis; Film, Damien Neva at Next Management.
Views: 2264 Next Management
Next Questions — Alanna Arrington
 
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NEW YORK — Alanna Arrington is having a banner year. Were she any other model, then the compulsion to somehow have the past 11 months preserved in amber would be strong. Anyone reading the words on this page, however knows Alanna is not just any model nor is she one to rest on her laurels, however numerous. At the end of the month Alanna will be walking for the first time in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will cap a juggernaut of a year in New York that began brightly. That Alanna’s success has come at such a frenetic pace, however belies the tremendous amount of work she has put into being the best she can be. Suspicions are high too that Alanna has even greater heights to scale. Part of the reason those who know these sorts of things in fact know these sorts of things is the way in which Alanna has achieved all her success. Naturally beautiful, Alanna brightens any room with her personality, humility, and complete and utter effortlessness. She is the genuine article, the likes of which this industry rarely produces let alone rewards. “I thought modeling was just a hobby at that point,” says Alanna reflecting on the early part of a then nascent career. “I never assumed that I would be in the position I am with the people I love supporting me 100 percent for what I do.” From Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the world, Alanna Arrington is destined for many banner years to come, if not the stars themselves. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Alanna Arrington”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Alanna Arrington.
Views: 16062 Next Management
Next Questions — Lina Hoss
 
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NEW YORK — “No bad hair days,” reveals Lina Hoss when asked about her cropped do. Fact is Lina has likely enjoyed more than 1400 such days since the age of 16-years-old when she resolved to cut her hair short. She admits to wearying of having long hair, a look that she says everyone seemed to have where she grew up just outside of Hannover, Germany. So one day Lina cut her hair short and the rest, well, is history. To say Lina has made the most of her look would be an understatement. Lina’s short hair not only emphasizes her exceptional beauty, but distinguishes her from just about every other model in whatever room, runway, or photo set she finds herself. A year ago her look landed an unforgettable cover of i-D by Daniel Jackson, which to this day is used on the front of her comp card, not to mention Models.com profile. Lina has also featured in a variety of advertising campaigns over the last two years of full-time modeling, including the current Gucci campaign by Glen Luchford. Lina’s runway CV has always been impressive having walked for amongst others Louis Vuitton, Valentino, and Saint Laurent, but this past season it was burnished all the more with appearances for Proenza Schouler, Burberry, and Gucci. What is the secret to Lina’s success? An insatiable curiosity for all aspects of fashion, oh, and plenty of chewing gum, both have helped stave off bad days, be they hair or otherwise. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Lina Hoss”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Lina Hoss.
Views: 1647 Next Management
Next Questions — Brionka
 
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NEW YORK — “I was the weird on on the basketball team,” says Brionka recollecting her days playing as a varsity center for her high school. “I was the one with Converse [All Star sneakers] on the basketball court...and they were like, ‘who is this girl?’” As unorthodox a figure as the native of the British Virgin Islands cut on the court for her high school in South Florida, Brionka was of course the tallest, and an unqualified success who loved her team and her coach. Brionka has since moved to Gotham where she has taken up modeling in earnest and has found an industry eager to welcome a model with beautiful skin, natural hair, and a personal style especially suited for both casting calls and skate parks. Whether Brionka wears her hair in bantu knots or pics out her Afro, she is likely to turn lots of heads this summer and for the rest of her career. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Brionka”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Brionka Halbert.
Views: 716 Next Management
E B O N Y — By Brandon Maxwell
 
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E B O N Y — By Brandon Maxwell
Views: 1292 Next Management
Next Questions — Leila Goldkuhl
 
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NEW YORK — “I’ve gotten to the point where I feel like it’s always a steady climb,” says Leila Goldkuhl reflecting on her career. “And it feels good!” Steady as the climb has been for Leila, it has reached no less dizzying heights for the Rhode Island native including of late the Zara Spring / Summer 2017 advertising campaign by Steven Meisel. Getting on this path of Leila’s, however was never a guarantee especially considering a stint she had several years ago on a long-running fashion reality TV series. These days if that mere mention sounds like something of an anachronism, which it is, then it’s because of the serious work Leila has put into to becoming the successful high fashion model she is. In addition to Zara this season, Leila has also photographed the latest Vera Wang advertising campaign with Patrick Demarchelier. A year ago of course saw Leila land an advertising berth in the Givenchy campaign by Mert & Marcus. Away from print, Leila has also proven herself a major force on the runway walking in the Fall 2017 ready-to-wear season for the likes of Chanel, Calvin Klein Collection, Loewe, Stella McCartney, Valentino, and more. Ever a student of fashion, Leila relishes the moments she has had working with immensely talented people such as Riccardo Tisci and Raf Simons. Not that Leila would ever get ahead of herself, but her rescue dog, Ziggy, a Chihuahua Dachshund mix (a Chiweenie, if you will), keeps her grounded, if not climbing ever so steadily. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Leila Goldkuhl”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Leila Goldkuhl.
Views: 8953 Next Management
Next Questions — Langley Fox Hemingway
 
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NEW YORK — “When I was 7 [years old] I dyed my hair bright red...I cut it this short and got punk pants from Hot Topic with zippers all over them, but got them taken in to fit me, and then just wore a wife-beater,” explains Langley Fox Hemingway when asked to describe her peak fashion moment. This response might strike some as slightly bemusing for a model slash artist who has graced the runways of Marc Jacobs and Saint Laurent amongst others and has collaborated with brands ranging from Louis Vuitton to Forever 21, but there is frankly nothing puzzling about the choice coming from Langley herself. This streak of independence is no recent affect of hers developed in the watchful public eye, but in fact stretches well back into her adolescence where it was encouraged to flourish. Langley Fox started sketching at an early age and never really stopped. Langley’s illustrations invariably accompany her print modeling work as they have for LOVE and more in recent years, which together with her inimitable style are both part of what makes Langley her own woman. On the day of her interview Langley wore a flight suit she bought in the children’s section of a military surplus store in Los Angeles, which considering her body of work and soaring ambitions could not be a more appropriate wardrobing decision. The sky is the limit for Langley Fox Hemingway. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Langley Fox Hemingway”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Langley Fox Hemingway.
Views: 3386 Next Management
Next Questions — Georgia Hilmer
 
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NEW YORK — Georgia Hilmer’s first foray into high fashion truly came with an exclusive for Saint Laurent, the same season in which Hedi Slimane debuted his first womenswear collection for the storied French house. “I got to work with [Hedi Slimane’s] team, hang out with some really fun people, and sort of feel like a grown up living in Paris for the first time. It was awesome.” Georgia has gone on to become a fixture on the runways for Saint Laurent and others not least of which include Chanel. The latter in particular has been a faithful client booking the full-time New York University undergraduate student for its globetrotting runway shows in Paris, New York, and most recently Seoul. That the Garden State native keeps her feet so firmly planted in the worlds of high fashion and higher education is as worthy of praise as it is rare. Accomplished as Georgia is in front of the camera as she is behind the camera (she’s a regular photo diarist for Dazed), she is equally lucid and often funny in writing, which no doubt is a byproduct of her twin passions for reading and knocking out The New York Times Crossword Puzzle in ink no less. Come for the beauty, stay for the conversation — Georgia has it all. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Georgia Hilmer”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Georgia Hilmer.
Views: 2393 Next Management
Grace Hartzel Vogue Thailand May 2018
 
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Watch: Grace Hartzel Vogue Thailand May 2018 Credits include: Publication, Vogue Thailand May 2018; Photography, Natth Jaturapahu; Styling, Charles Varenne; Hair, Joey George; Makeup, Makky P. ► VOGUE ESPAÑA Website: http://www.vogue.co.th/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VogueThailandOfficial/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/VogueThailand/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voguethailand/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/VogueThailand/ ► NEXT MANAGEMENT Web Link: http://www.nextmanagement.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nextmodelmanagement/ Twitter :https://twitter.com/nextmodels/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextmodels/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NextModelsManagement/
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Next Questions — Denya Altevers
 
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NEW YORK — Conventional wisdom in these parts holds that a start at Prada is more valuable than nearly any other. There are exceptions, there always are, but a model’s chance to take her first steps for Miuccia Prada is never a bad idea. Certainly was not when Denya Altevers made her runway debut 10 days ago in New York for the Prada Resort 2019 runway show. Denya could hardly believe her good fortune, but when it came time to step into the spotlight she did not flinch. “If people believe in me this much, then obviously I could be a good model,” says Denya. Belief goes only so far, but in service of genuine modeling aspirations it can take a model to dizzying heights. This momentum is still with Denya and is set to make her something of a revelation in the weeks and months to come. To hear Denya tell it, having lived in so many different places at such a young age has helped her adapt on her travels as a model. Born in London, Denya lived there for a couple years before moving to her mother’s native Slovakia. After her parents split, Denya would spend summers in the United States with her father, himself a military man, which meant a different state every year. The consequence of all this is a mastery of languages including Slovak, Czech, Polish, and of course English. There is not much of an accent to be heard in Denya’s voice, again thanks to the travel, which makes her something of a culture chameleon. For now Denya is enjoying her life as a model in New York for the first time. She will undoubtedly travel in the months ahead and when the time comes best be sure Denya will be poised. After all, Denya obviously will be a good model. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Denya Altevers”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
Views: 762 Next Management
Next Questions — Melodie Monrose
 
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NEW YORK — Radiant is a word that immediately comes to mind when describing the beauty of Melodie Monrose. Native to Martinique, the rugged paradise of an island in the Eastern Caribbean that is part of the Lesser Antilles, Melodie has always loved the beach and the sunlight miles and miles of unobstructed sands afford. Melodie brings that sunlight with her no matter where she goes. Melodie recently achieved a personal milestone by having a campaign of hers appear along Houston Street, the prime advertising spot of Lower Manhattan. “I took a picture [of the billboard] and sent it to my mom and she was so happy for me,” explains Melodie about the afternoon she spotted the campaign rendered at such an immense scale. “That would be one of the peak fashion moments, but I have had so many.” True story. Melodie’s many peaks include having walked the runways for nearly every major fashion house, photographed with Mario Testino, appeared in various editions of Vogue and other leading publications, and much more. In an industry where models of color are continually underrepresented, Melodie is a shining example for all. Melodie is unequivocal in the advice she gives young models of color and insists they should strive to move far beyond expectations set for them. Aim for the radiant sun, which is what Melodie has always done. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Melodie Monrose”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Melodie Monrose.
Views: 5492 Next Management
Next Questions — Lorena Maraschi
 
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NEW YORK — For Lorena Maraschi it all comes down to a haircut. Languishing for two years in her native Brazil, Lorena’s modeling prospects were looking bleak, however a photographer decided to cut her hair, thereby providing the catalyst behind her career surge. “After that everything changed, I did Prada, I opened the show. After that everyone started to look at me differently.” Lorena’s shorter hair immediately proved a hit, landing her a Prada exclusive including the show opening look in the Fall / Winter 2016 ready-to-wear season. Lorena would later shoot the corresponding advertising campaign with Steven Meisel, a booking which she ranks as transformative. Lorena has since featured in advertising campaigns for Valentino as well as on the covers of a handful of magazines including the March 2017 edition of Vogue Brasil. “What I really like most about fashion is not the clothes,” admits Lorena. “It’s the image. You’re [as a model] selling a dream to the person who’s going to buy the clothes.” To be fair, Lorena does in fact love clothing, but recognizes her own limitations when it comes to styling said clothing. Bringing to life the dream that surrounds the clothing, however is something at which Lorena particularly excels. In another era what she describes would simply be called modeling, but in an age when the clothes are but extensions of the brand, Lorena conscientiously embraces her role as purveyor of the dream. Without getting overly theoretical, suffice it to say Lorena loves what she does and especially so since a fateful haircut not so long ago. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Lorena Maraschi”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Lorena Maraschi.
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Next Questions — Selena Forrest
 
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NEW YORK — “It was literally a two-minute shoot,” explains Selena Forrest when asked about her i-D cover session with Daniel Jackson. “I went on set and wiped my eye and bang, that was the shot.” Improbable as it sounds, Selena’s shoot more or less unfolded in the manner in which a player comes off the bench cold to score a cup final winning goal, which speaks to the heart of her success as a model. Modeling is something that comes naturally to Selena and is an ability that very early on groomed her to open the Proenza Schouler runway show during the Spring 2016 ready-to-wear season. That much vaunted debut of hers, however was no one-off as Selena has proven time and again since then over the past year with back-to-back advertising for Proenza Schouler as well as a role in the DKNY Fall 2016 campaign. In addition to the aforementioned cover for i-D, Selena has also featured on the cover of T Magazine and in the pages of Vogue Italia photographed by Steven Meisel. “I don’t know what to make of my success,” says Selena. “Everything just happened so fast and I see other girls who have been doing it for so long and haven’t done half the things I have been doing...I’m just so grateful and blessed.” This feeling of gratitude that Selena expresses is also a side of her that she feels seldom comes across through pictures that comprise her portfolio or newly minted Models.com Hot List profile. “I have a hard outside, but inside I am really the softest, kindest person you will ever meet.” So long as Selena stays true to herself, then every possible success will be hers. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Selena Forrest”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Selena Forrest.
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Next Questions — Alessio Pozzi
 
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NEW YORK — In the early days of his career the scar on Alessio Pozzi's right cheek would invariably be airbrushed out of photographs. One day, however the scratch that his beloved pet cat gave him before he had even started kindergarten became part of his look. By the time clients stopped deleting this characteristic feature, Alessio had long established his career to become the model he is today. Hailing from Brescia, Italy, Alessio got his start modeling in 2014 on the runway and later in campaigns for Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy. Alessio has gone on to feature in a number of advertising campaigns for the house of Armani, Versace, Calvin Klein, and more. Having traveled the world far and wide, Alessio has come to appreciate his origins in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. So much so in fact that when he is not traveling for work, Alessio is back with his friends and family in Brescia. Outside of modeling, Alessio enjoys football and is an ardent supporter of Juventus, which he and the rest of Italy believe is a dead certainty to wrap up its seventh consecutive Scudetto title. Alessio is also something of a gamer and if left to his own devices might never leave the blue glow of the gaming screen. This fact alone is reason why Alessio leaves his Xbox and related gear at home when his is traveling for work. Discipline like this is part of what has made Alessio a top model, cat scratches and all! Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Alessio Pozzi”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
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Next Questions — Justin Gossman
 
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NEW YORK — Next Questions returns and just in the nick of time for the first ever New York Fashion Week: Men’s with an interview with none other than Justin Gossman. The San Diego native stars in the Costume National Fall 2015 campaign by Glen Luchford, which looks tailor-made for Justin. “The Costume National campaign was very rock & roll...they let me play my own music, they let me play my guitar and have fun.” Tall, ever lithe, and rarely seen wearing a shirt underneath his vest and suspenders, Justin transmits something of a latter-day Mick Jagger. That is no accident either, Justin holds in highest regard the Rolling Stones icon. Justin burst into the world of fashion shooting with the legendary Brad Elterman in the photographer’s Villa La Reve residence. The pair hit it off nearly immediately sharing a love for switchblades and more. Justin has gone on to feature on the runway for amongst others Gucci, Lanvin, and Rick Owens. Whatever the men’s season in New York has in store for our man, one thing is for certain, Justin Gossman will carry on rocking to his own infectious beat. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Justin Gossman”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Justin Gossman.
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Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2018
 
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MILAN — One can simply marvel at what future generations will make of their forebears undying devotion to the internal combustion engine against a backdrop of rising planetary temperatures and sea levels. Increasing carbon emissions are a threat to all life on earth, true, but for at least one night, Sunday to be precise, such discussion was tabled. What took its place was the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2018 runway show christened Tommy Drive. As the name suggests, cars were central to the ever gratifying see-now-buy-now collection, but not just any cars, Formula One race cars by Mercedes-AMG, an official partner of Tommy Hilfiger. Last season in London, Tommy’s collection theme riffed on British rock, but Sunday it was all about elite motorsport in the Italian fashion capital and why not?! These here parts are home to the Grand Prix at Monza after all. There is only so much time we have on this planet of ours, it might as well be spent behind the wheel racing toward the chequered flag or oblivion, whichever comes first. Walking from across the Next global network were eight models including Eniola Abioro, Grace Elizabeth, Oumie Jammeh, Marjan Jonkman, Eli Epperson, Callum Stoddart, Hiandra Martinez, and Nandy Nicodème. Next and last stop: Paris. Credits include: Client, Tommy Hilfiger; Collection, Women’s and Men’s Ready-To-Wear Spring 2018; Creative design, Tommy Hilfiger; Styling, Natalie Tauger; Hair, Eugene Souleiman; Makeup; Mark Carrasquillo; Casting, Michelle Lee; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
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Next Question — Lida Fox
 
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NEW YORK — Lida Fox recently went from black hair to white hair and by the time I sat down with her it was a bit of both. “Basically it is just one extreme to the other. The mood might be slightly different, but it’s pretty much the same vibe.” The continuity Lida has maintained alternating between these hair colors is remarkable, almost even more Lida than Lida. The ability to adapt to whatever role she is asked to assume is something Lida attributes to her years and years of training in dance. This talent of Lida’s has served her in good stead in working with brands such as Saint Laurent and Tom Ford as well as extraordinary figures such as Carine Roitfeld. “I love working with Carine,” says Lida. “I’ve been in quite a few issues of her magazine [CR Fashion Book] and working on the dance issue was especially amazing.” Away from the modeling and dance, Lida has a growing interest in film photography as evidenced in a series of 35mm photos she recently shot using a disposable camera and of which she posted digital versions to Instagram. The grittiness of film, not to mention the portability of disposable cameras are some of what Lida finds appealing about the medium, one which she vows to further explore. For now, though Lida continues to enjoy modeling and all that it brings, whether with white hair, black hair, or something sublimely in between. Please follow Lida on Instagram at https://instagram.com/lidafoxy/. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Lida Fox”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Lida Fox.
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Lineisy Montero British Vogue May 2018 Heat Wave
 
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Watch: Lineisy Montero British Vogue May 2018 Heat Wave Credits include: Publication, Galore 2017; Director of Photography, Adriaan Louw; Styling, Venetia Scott; Hair, Cyndia Harvey; Makeup, Lucia Pica; Production, Bellhouse Markes and Steel Productions, Video Cartel; Vogue Video Producter, Minnie J Carver; Lighting Director, Ryan O'Toole; Editor, Ed Duffield at Wild Island Films; Grade, Jax Harney at CHEAT; Music, Harry Wrigley at Make The Noise; Junior Editor, Charmaine Cabancla; 1st Camera Assistance, Luca Vincenzo; 2nd Camera Assistance, Margie Muggleston; Fashion Assistance, Josie Hall; Models, Lineisy Montero, Karly Loyce. ► ORIGINAL VIDEO https://youtu.be/3IFUnU1YRWU/ ► BRITISH VOGUE Web Link: http://www.vogue.co.uk/video/heat-wave/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishVogue/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/britishvogue/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/britishvogue/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/vogue/ ► NEXT MANAGEMENT Web Link: http://www.nextmanagement.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nextmodelmanagement/ Twitter :https://twitter.com/nextmodels/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nextmodels/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NextModelsManagement/
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Next Questions — Marjan Jonkman
 
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NEW YORK — “I always want to wear something that’s interesting, that’s not boring,” says Marjan Jonkman, whose sense of personal style has earned her no shortage of devotees throughout fashion and beyond. Marjan exudes an effortless cool, which is something she has long admired about Hedi Slimane. “I started with Hedi Slimane and Saint Laurent...he is just cool, he doesn’t try anything, that’s just how he is.” What is also true is that Marjan doesn’t try anything, that’s just how she is and has been since making her high fashion debut as a Saint Laurent exclusive during the Spring 2015 ready-to-wear season. Marjan has never looked back as she has rocketed to the fore whether it’s shooting with Mario Testino in India or the streets of Amsterdam or appearing in the latest Céline advertising campaign by Juergen Teller. That Marjan’s career to date has been anything but boring is a testament to the model and what she brings to the party. Her willingness to laugh, her fearlessness, her poise, her grace, her style, all of these qualities set Marjan apart from the rest. “I can’t tell anything about it yet, but I want to give something back to the world.” Marjan already has given so much, but it will surprise no one when she gives even more. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Marjan Jonkman”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Marjan Jonkman.
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Next Questions — Hedvig Palm
 
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NEW YORK — Since making her debut as a Jil Sander exclusive back when Raf Simons was the brand’s creative director to last month when she walked for the same designer’s final collection for Dior, there has always been a lyrical quality to Hedvig Palm. The grace with which the Swedish beauty moves suggests she is in possession of a most accomplished interior symphony orchestra. The truth behind the supposition is not terribly wide of the mark as it so happens Hedvig has been playing the cello since the age of nine and spent much of that time playing with an orchestra. Music continues to be a hugely important part of Hedvig’s life. She grew up in a musical household in Sweden, one in which she regularly played music with her multi-instrumentalist parents and brother. Although Hedvig does not play the cello on a daily basis, something she misses dearly, she nevertheless finds solace in jazz, especially its vocalist greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Performing music is something that has imbued Hedvig with a confidence that is unique to musicians. Far from cracking under the enormous demands of playing with dozens of other accomplished musicians in an orchestra, the experience helped Hedvig forge and even stronger character, one tailor-made for the demands of high fashion whether she’s walking the runway for Givenchy or starring in an advertising campaign for Valentino. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Hedvig Palm”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Hedvig Palm.
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Miu Miu Fall / Winter 2015
 
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PARIS — The women’s ready-to-wear season for Fall / Winter 2015 came to a colorful conclusion Wednesday afternoon when Miuccia Prada presented her latest Miu Miu collection. The conversation between nature and artifice that took place in the women’s Prada collection in Milan this season found voice in Paris as well, albeit in a more pronounced way. Bejeweled flowers were plentiful throughout the accessories for the collection, which in total hearkened back to an era of in which then Man sought to best nature through conquering the hydrogen atom. What the collection did for luxurious plasticity, the saccharine-sweet staging replete with a plushly carpeted runway, wallpapered walls, and a soundtrack that drew liberally from Talking Heads scrambled whatever notions of purity surrounding the cult of domesticity remain following decades of feminist thought. The collection was fun, though, and realized to perfection on the runway by Grace Hartzel, Marta Placzek, Lineisy Montero, and Briley Jones amongst others. As valedictory occasions go, few could ask for any as sweet as Miu Miu. That is all from Paris for now, see you again in September. Credits include: Client, Miu Miu; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Fall / Winter 2015; Clothing design, Miuccia Prada; Styling, Olivier Rizzo; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Production, Villa Eugénie; Casting, Ashley Brokaw.
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Next Questions — Ali Michael
 
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NEW YORK — “In this business and in life in general you actually have to have a sense of humor,” says Ali Michael. “You definitely can’t take anything personally...if somebody doesn’t like your face, laugh about it, and hope that somebody else won’t hate your face later. That’s all you can do.” Ali speaks with authority on this subject, she’s after all been modeling before media was ever even social. That her career has extended far beyond the modeling infancy of her teenage years is a testament to Ali’s timelessness and canny ability at reinvention. Hailing from Gravevine, Texas in the suburban Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex, Ali was not given much hope at making it modeling, let alone high fashion. “I was told I would never be able to do runway shows in Texas,” to wit Ali figured anywhere outside of Texas would be all the more improbable. How wrong she was! Ali would walk in New York for Marc Jacobs in her first season, which culminated in her show opener for Alber Elbaz’s Lanvin. This moment was to set the tone for Ali, which was proof positive that she indeed was to have a career beyond the Lone Star State. Over the years Ali would go on to shoot with photographers Mario Sorrenti, Patrick Demarchelier, David Sims, and more. Ali has also appeared in major advertising campaigns for amongst others Calvin Klein, Lanvin, and Coach. Fast forward another decade and Ali has a steady stream of editorials that are seeing the light of day including a recent Document story by Mario Sorrenti, with others to follow. Ali also appears in a music video for The xx song “On Hold” directed by Alasdair McLellan, which was shot in Marfa, Texas. In the video Ali plays a high school cheer leader, a role which she relished as the shoot occasioned her to attend an actual high school party for her first time ever. With a face and body that are clearly likable, Ali Michael is poised to enjoy a career that will flourish for many years to come. Visit alimichael.com. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Ali Michael”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Ali Michael.
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Next Questions — Arthur Kulkov
 
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NEW YORK — Arthur Kulkov is busy these days. The second collection of his lifestyle brand / between rivers / is nearing the final production stages before it is publicly available. This has meant travel and daily communication with the producers in Portugal, both of which Arthur likens to childrearing. “That brand is my baby now. Every day you have to feed it, pamper it, take care of it.” Like a proud father, Arthur sees this brand as his future, one which is borne out of decade of modeling at the highest levels working for Tommy Hilfiger and landing numerous magazine covers of GQ and Details. Born in Mezhdurechensk in the center of Russia, which borders Kazakhstan and Mongolia, Arthur emigrated to the United States in 1997. He grew up in Brooklyn, where he eventually attended St. Francis College to study marketing. Throughout his youth and to this day, Arthur has played football (soccer) and once harbored dreams of playing professionally as a center back. That a storied modeling career instead flourished is no mere consolation. Arthur still trains and plays on a regular basis to stay fit and at 34-years-old is in his prime as male model just at the time when most professional footballers are winding down their careers. What is more, Arthur will make it to the 2018 World Cup in his native Russia after having won a lottery to purchase a ticket to the semifinal match in Moscow. Until next summer, Arthur relishes settling into the swing of things having singed with Next Management in New York, oh, and nurturing affectionately the baby he calls / between rivers/. Credits include: Title, “Next Question — Arthur Kulkov”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Arthur Kulkov.
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Next Questions — Abby Champion
 
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NEW YORK — There are few better times to be in Gotham than when spring takes hold. There is a vibrancy that can be felt in the streets, which has not been case for many wintry months. With this change in weather has also come the arrival of Abby Champion, which in many ways transforms this spring bloom into a bouquet. Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Abby got her start modeling in Los Angeles and has also spent time in Miami, but throughout it all has always had her sights set on New York. “There are a lot of companies here that I have dreamed of working for and the way to work with them is by being here,” says Abby. Since arriving, Abby has had little difficulty adopting local customs that include lots of walking and of course wearing all black. On the afternoon of her interview, Abby cut a classic New York figure wearing black denim, black T-shirt, and fresh pair of Dr. Martens, which further emphasized her natural beauty. Welcome to New York, Abby, this season is yours to shine. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Abby Champion”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Abby Champion.
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Natasha Ramachandran on New York Fashion Week Fall 2014
 
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NEW YORK — Natasha Ramachandran (Next) about her favorite fashion designers including Haider Ackermann as well as the upcoming Fall 2014 ready-to-wear season. This video was produced in cooperation with The Fashion Spot.
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Next Questions — Jane Moseley
 
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NEW YORK — Jane Moseley has enjoyed a fair amount of press appearances in Vogue, Interview, W, CR Fashion Book, and more since walking exclusively for Balenciaga last month in Paris and for good reason, she is a breath of fresh air. Covered it what appears to be more and more tattoos by the day, Jane will never be an everyday model nor does she aspire to be. First and foremost Jane is an artist who lives in Los Angeles, who also happens to be the daughter of cult horror actor Bill Moseley. Growing up with a father who starred in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) was always going to set Jane apart from her contemporaries, but aside from the ink on her arms, she commands attention in other ways. In fact, Jane says, recalling words of her father, “the truest psychos are the ones that try to act normal...so I’ve always gone with that.” To be clear, Jane is not psychotic, but she is blessed with a wry wit, dark humor, and an undeniable magnetism that have served in good stead her various endeavors from fine art to high fashion modeling. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Jane Moseley”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Jane Moseley.
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Versace Spring / Summer 2017
 
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MILAN — For a third season running Donatella Versace opted for the arena over the casa to stage her women's ready-to-wear runway show and was duly rewarded for it. That MiCo Milano Congressi has a facility-wide capacity of over 20 thousand hints at the scale at which the house sees itself in relation to the world. And they are not wrong! They certainly were correct early Friday evening when a strong casting featuring five models from across the Next network including Marjan Jonkman, Impy, Grace Hartzel, Olivia Jansing, and Katlin Aas took to the runway with its acute angles making penetrative V patterns. The controlling theme of the collection was women’s freedom in all its forms, such as “the freedom of movement, freedom of activity, freedom to fight for their ideas, freedom to be whomever [they] want to be.” Freedom comes at a high price and an even higher price point for luxury the likes of which Versace is a byword. Credits include: Client, Versace; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Spring / Summer 2017; Clothing design, Donatella Versace; Styling, Jacob K; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Casting, Piergiorgio Del Moro, Samuel Ellis; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
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Next Questions — Tessa Bruinsma
 
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NEW YORK — Turn back the calendar to the beginning of 2015 right around the time when Gucci released its longtime creative director Frida Giannini and promoted from within its ranks Alessandro Michele to steer the ship into then uncharted waters. In those heady early days when the luxury brand was undergoing a massive creative overhaul right in the thick of it was Dutch model Tessa Bruinsma. “When you think about me starting modeling, I think of Gucci,” says Tessa who walked in Michele’s debut runway show for the house and then went on to feature in the corresponding advertising campaign by Glen Luchford. “Even before doing my first show with them I already was with the team busy to create the looks for a few weeks. I really got to know them and I’m really happy how it turned out.” As an admirer of the arts, Tessa found Michele’s new vision for the brand especially appealing and credits her early work with it as catalyzing her career into what it is today. Tessa hails from Utrecht in Holland, where she has a younger brother. Tessa’s mother and father both work in the field of environmental science, which is a something she sees herself one day studying. Tessa admits she was something of a rough-and-tumble girl growing up and remembers being drawn to playing football in the school yard or drawing with just about whatever she could use to make a mark on paper. Fashion was never anything that figured all too prominently in Tessa’s aspirations, but is a field she has grown to love now that she has found her place insided it. “There are thousands of girls [in the modeling industry], so you need to stand out,” says Tessa, who with a strong work ethic and refreshing sense of humor continues to distinguish herself in a saturated market place. Credits includes: Title, “Next Questions — Tessa Bruinsma”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Tessa Bruinsma.
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Next Questions — Aiden Curtiss
 
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NEW YORK — “I really like it, actually,” admits Aiden Curtiss when asked about modeling. “It’s super hard, which I kind of expected…but the positives out of it make it all worth while.” Aiden perhaps knows better than most the value of the moment she is presently enjoying at this early stage of her modeling career. This past season Aiden made her runway debut opening the Roland Mouret show in Paris and ever since has been working steadily. Aiden has always been around fashion, growing up as she did the daughter of a father who is a menswear designer and whose birth mother was a model. Born in London, where Aiden lived until the age of nine before eventually moving to New York with her family. After turning 18 years old, Aiden finally acquiesced to entreaties she had heard over the years that she model by signing with Next. Apart from modeling, Aiden has a passion for producing music, specifically dubstep. Don’t get it twisted, however, cautions Aiden, adding there is more to the music subgenre than those disparaging caricatures reveal. Aiden produces and DJs music along with other like-minded artists to form what she describes as a collective. Aiden is hopeful that her participation in music will inspire other like minded young women like herself. Whether she find herself before a camera, on a runway, or in the recording studio, Aiden is sure to find success and really like it. Listen to Aiden’s music at https://soundcloud.com/LUMACID. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Aiden Curtiss”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Aiden Curtiss.
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Next Questions — Ruby Aldridge
 
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NEW YORK — “It was really cool to do shows again,” admits Ruby Aldridge. “I didn’t think I would do them again. I just had a totally different outlook on it...maybe more adult.” In February of this year Ruby began what would be a focused ready-to-wear season with a Calvin Klein Collection exclusive. A handful of shows were to follow in Europe that included Bottega Veneta and Balmain amongst others, all of which felt markedly different from what Ruby recalls from the whirlwind seasons from the beginning of her career. Today Ruby brings to her work real poise and focus. Ruby’s magnetism and hunger for life is evident in her recent work, which includes a cover of the current issue of 10 and the Fall 2016 advertising campaign Juicy Couture. This week, however away from the bright lights Ruby’s off to Europe for a rendezvous with family at Disneyland Paris and later London. “Live the dream, really...it’s good to be alive.” Aye, that! Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Ruby Aldridge”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Ruby Aldridge.
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Next Questions — Myrthe Bolt
 
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NEW YORK — Myrthe Bolt likes to smile. The reason is rather uncomplicated, the facial expression makes her happy. “When I shoot I love to do the smiling [shots] because it’s not very often that you have to do one,” Myrthe explains. “When I make a selfie I would never do that to be pretty...I would always try to smile.” That Myrthe boasts a phenomenal smile also confirms that as a model she knows her angles. Hers is a weapons-grade smile the likes of which would have highway patrol tearing tickets on quota deadline day. Beating a moving violation is one thing, but making it in the high stakes world of modeling are two very different propositions. Myrthe is equal to the challenge, however as she has proven since first appearing on this page back in February walking in the Versus Versace show in London. That season she would go on to walk for Fendi and Chanel amongst a select few others, which were reasons alone to smile. Hailing from the north of the Netherlands, Groningen to be exact, Myrthe was discovered a couple years ago. She would eventually sign to Next worldwide and shortly thereafter make her runway debut on the final day of shows during the Spring 2017 ready-to-wear season walking for Miu Miu. Earlier this year she even featured in the pages of British Vogue for a shoot she did in Tenerife. Fashion or modeling for that matter was never anything in which Myrthe had much interest growing up, but she nevertheless has taken to her newfound trade. One day in the future Myrthe plans to study medicine with the aspiration to become a doctor. Until that day, however expect this girl to keep on smiling. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Myrthe Bolt”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Myrthe Bolt.
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Next Questions — Eniola Abioro
 
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NEW YORK — Prada is transformative. Never mind earnings reports, metrics for mere mortals after all, Miuccia Prada is visionary in all she does. Earlier this year the casting that took the runway for the Prada Women’s Fall 2018 show included a diversity quotient rarely witnessed. Viewers will remember Anok Yai, first model of color to open the show in more than 20 years, but also in the lineup that evening in Milan was a 19-year-old beauty from Lagos, Nigeria, one Eniola Abioro. This school teacher of three years turned model caught the eye that night at Prada and never really surrendered it. On the heels of a brilliant show season that included appearances for Versace, Saint Laurent, Loewe, and more, Eniola has finally made it to New York where she is working steadily. Her proudest moment in her young career so far would be walking for Versace. “Fashion at its peak,” says Eniola, referring to styling, the makeup, the lights, the electricity of the moment. Eniola clearly made an impression that night, in fact Pat McGrath featured her prominently on her Instagram wearing the Versace look. In person Eniola is a revelation. She is undeniably beautiful, but is also incredibly warm and self assured for young age. This in part is explained from her experience teaching kindergarten, where above all she learned patience, a skill amongst many that will stand her in good stead in the modeling industry. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Eniola Abioro”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
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Valentino Autumn / Winter 2016
 
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PARIS — In a world of glowing screens and the fleeting images that flit across them it can be easy to lose sight of the surrounding world. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli set about Tuesday afternoon to reclaim those moments encompassing the here and the now with their women’s Valentino Autumn / Winter 2016 collection. The collection itself looked to the ballet and all its trappings from floral tutus to ballet slippers to create a collection worth every chord struck by the pianist positioned at the center of the bifurcated runway. John Cage, Philip Glass, the musical pieces were poignant as ever and all the more so as accompaniment to the eleven girls at Next walking in the runway show, who amongst other included Yana Van Ginneken, Lina Hoss, Amalie Moosgaard, Julie Hoomans, Cecilie Moosgaard, Carolina Thaler, Odette Pavlova, Lorena Maraschi, Maria Clara, Sandra Schmidt, and Lineisy Montero. Credits include: Client, Valentino; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Autumn / Winter 2016; Clothing design, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli; Styling, Karl Templer; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Music direction. Michel Gaubert; Casting, Patrizia Pilotti; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
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Next Questions — Shujing Zhou
 
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NEW YORK — Never mind shifting deck furniture on the turbulent diplomatic seas, we are living in the Chinese Century. The geopolitical dominance of the People’s Republic is a foregone conclusion so look busy and act like you when it all comes to pass. Closer to home there are shifts already taking place in fashion, not least of which are evidenced in the rise of Asian models in general and Chinese in particular. Enter Shujing Zhou, 22-year-old model from Lanzhou, China, who made her big splash walking for Balenciaga by Demna Gvasalia. Shujing claimed a runway berth in the show and later turned out for the corresponding advertising campaign by Harley Weir. If in the past modeling opportunities for Chinese and Asian models have been few and far between, Shujing is doing all she can to make the most of her chances and initial signs are encouraging. The day of Shujing’s interview she showed up wearing a black silk dress by Chinese label Evening, which she paired with heels by Dior worn with socks(!). She turned heads as she always does when she visits the agency, no one after all dresses like the impeccable Shujing. A student of fashion first and foremost, Shujing draws inspiration from a variety of sources including art galleries and museums to fashion magazines to her own work with stylists such as Katie Grand and Karl Templer. She pays attention to details, which manifest in the extraordinary looks for everyday. For Shujing, she keeps it simple, opting for an elegant cut dress, which she embellishes with jewelry such as a single pendant earring. This is enough, she contends, for every day, what she does on the page is an entirely other matter. All told, Shujing is happy to be part of a new generation of Chinese models making a name for themselves. Learn English, she advises, but if the century plays out according to the geopolitical script already set, it could well be the opposite with everyone learning Chinese. Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Shujing Zhou”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
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Valentino Fall / Winter 2017-2018 Haute Couture
 
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PARIS — That ceremonial practices have largely gone the way of glaciers in the early part of the 21st century is yet another reality we must all face. There is little if anything any more that is sacred, profanity conquered long ago. Collectively how occupants of this planet address climbing temperatures and rising sea levels or for that matter that what counts for tradition has everything to do with which memes have the most currency in the scrolling feeds of the still living. This truly rotten state of affairs, however is nothing to mourn, but rather respond with an even braver vision that embraces the future without amnesia for a not-so-distant past, one that ultimately makes us (and that term is used advisedly) who we are. This much was at stake late Wednesday afternoon at Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild where Pierpaolo Piccioli showed his Fall / Winter 2017-2018 haute couture collection for Valentino. The sole Valentino creative director explicitly addressed this peculiar moment in which the time honored practice of haute couture finds itself by creating a collection that mingles the sacred with the profane. To that end, this was a collection in which vestments, robes, and tunics were worn over skirts, pants, turtlenecks, in other words, separates. These wearable garments were not mere acknowledgement of a Valentino woman living in the world, but in fact were a glorious celebration. Heavenly angels together found voice with terrestrial demons to create a chorus of immense depth, neither of which could be achieved without the other. This duality also found expression in the minaudière bags, which were designed in collaboration with artist Harumi Klossowska de Rola. Each bag represented one of the seven capital vices as embodied in figures such as the lion, bull, and skull, all of which occupy their own dualities of meaning. On the afternoon, seven girls from across the Next global network featured in the show including Julie Hoomans, Selena Forrest, Tessa Bruinsma, Leila Goldkuhl, Nandy Nicodème, Lineisy Montero, and Estella Brons. Credits include: Client, Valentino; Collection, Haute Couture Fall / Winter 2017; Creative design, Pierpaolo Piccioli; Styling, Joe McKenna; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Casting, Patrizia Pilotti; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
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Prada Spring / Summer 2017
 
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MILAN — A day later and it Vogue is already writing about it, namely models sporting bobs in the Prada Spring / Summer 2017 runway show early Thursday evening. Guido’s team was busy all afternoon taking off the requisite inches to achieve the cut just right on countless models in the final lineup except for one very notable exception Arizona Muse. Throughout her storied career Arizona has been celebrated for her inestimable beauty, which ranks high on the scale of natural endowment apart from the bob she has worn consistently over the years. Prada if anything upsets order, introduces new regimes, new influences, and if bobs were good for the rest, then it would be extensions for Arizona. And so it was, Past Forward, as the accompanying film installation on the Prada runway by artist David O. Russell was called, launching what has been into the a future that will be. Also on the runway from across the Next network were a handful of models including Nimue Smit, Lineisy Montero, Ania Chiz, Leila Zandonai, and Lorena Maraschi. Bob or not, it was great to see Arizona on the runway a full four years since she was last there capping off what was a whirlwind debut year in modeling that began with what else but a Prada exclusive. Credits include: Client, Prada; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Spring / Summer 2017. Clothing design, Miuccia Prada; Styling, Olivier Rizzo; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Pat McGrath; Casting, Ashley Brokaw; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
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Simone Rocha Spring / Summer 2017
 
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LONDON — Enough models to field a starting XI is how many girls from across the Next network featured in the Simone Rocha Spring / Summer 2017 runway show Saturday afternoon at Southwark Cathedral. Included in the roster of 11 girls was show opener Selena Forrest and a further 10 models including, Jay Wright, Odette Pavlova, Lorena Maraschi, Lineisy Montero, Klementyna Dmowska, Lia Pavlova, Lily McMenamy, Caroline Reagan, Wangy Xin Yu and Maria Clara. Numbers don’t tell the whole story, though as Selena was quick to point out backstage, she fancies it something akin to a state that is approaching omnipresence. “Next is everywhere!” Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though, there is a lot more football (and fashion) to be played in the remaining match and season. Credits include: Client, Simone Rocha; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Spring / Summer 2017; Clothing design; Simone Rocha; Styling, Robbie Spencer; Hair, James Pecis at Bryant Artists using Oribe; Makeup, Sam Bryant at Bryant Artists and the M∙A∙C Pro Team; Manicure, Marian Newman at Streeters for M∙A∙C; Music; Mmoths; Casting, Piergiorgio Del Moro; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.
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