Wool coat and cotton poplin shirt (Lanvin)
Wool coat, paperweight calfskin leather trousers, silk scarf, and calfskin leather boots (Lanvin)
Calfskin leather shearling aviator jacket and wool knit top (Lanvin)
Viscose wool baseball jacket with embroidery, cotton poplin shirt, and wool trousers (Lanvin)
Wool military coat, cotton poplin shirt, and wool silk trousers (Lanvin)
ROLE MODEL: William Los
Text by Kee

It’s rare to find a picture of this Dutch model cracking a smile (maybe there was one in which he was cradling a puppy – awww). Even his personal selfies look like a photo taken from a lookbook or a test shot for his next big ad campaign. That’s also probably how we know he’s serious about his profession: He’s always switched on when there’s a camera pointed in his direction. Don’t ask us why. The high calibre models know; they just do.


MANIFESTO: Tell us a little bit about your childhood. What kind of kid were you in school?


WILLIAM LOS: I grew up in a small town called Zwijndrecht in Holland with both my parents and my elder sisters. I was always the kid in the background watching everyone; I wasn’t the one others were looking at. When I was 16, my father passed away from cancer – I believe from smoking. That made me even quieter and an introvert. I always hated school and wanted it to be over with.


M: What was your very first job outside of modelling?


WL: I had to do some internships for my school as a furniture maker which were cool. I had a good time. As soon as I got my degree for furniture-making, I found a job as a sales manager at a hardware store. Half a year later, I got scouted in Amsterdam when I was shopping with some friends.


M: How did you enter the modelling industry?


WL: I was walking on the streets in Amsterdam when all the sudden a girl came up to me and asked me if I was a model. I didn’t believe it at first and my friends were making fun of it. Two months later, I got scouted again in Rotterdam while walking the streets and I started to believe I might have what it takes to be a model. Because of that I went to MAX Models had a chat and they really wanted to represent me.


M: Were your family and friends encouraging of your career choice or were they surprised you took this route?


WL: At first everyone was making fun of it, especially because I was not the type of person that was into fashion and I didn’t care what I wore at the time. My mom didn’t believe it at first but after a few chats she encouraged me to pursue modelling.


M: When did you realise modelling might just be a legit career move?


WL: The moment I got the casting for YSL Black Opium fragrance campaign. I thought to myself that this could actually be a real career!


M: Who is your mentor in this industry?


WL: My mentor was my previous mother agent from MAX Models. Too bad he left the agency to travel the world!


M: Who do you look up to in this industry?


WL: I don’t look up to anyone because everyone is different in this industry and you will never have a similar career as another model.


M: What is the toughest part about modelling that those on the outside don’t realise?


WL: Everybody thinks your life is a 24/7 holiday… Everyone thinks this is an easy job but mostly it’s not. I’m putting a lot of time and effort into it.


M: What do you think about modelling being just as much of a social media game now?


WL: I get it but I think it’s unfair towards the people that are not Instafamous or celebrities. Especially when the client look at the followers you have instead of your face and your abilities.


M: Do you read all the comments posted on your account?


WL: Yes, I do. I think everyone reads the comments on their photos and even their personal messages.


M: What would you be doing now if weren’t modelling?


WL: I don’t think I would be in school. I would have worked as a sales manager at the hardware company.


M: Do you have a fitness regime? Or is it good metabolism?


WL: Normally, I go to the gym five to six times a week for 1.5 hours a day. Also, I have a good metabolism working in my favour. I really like to work out!


M: If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?


WL: I really can’t imagine eating the same thing day in day out. But if I had to choose I’d choose, some kind of fruit like an apple!


M: When was the last time you were starstruck?


WL: Never really had that feeling, I guess. Seeing someone famous shouldn’t be that big of a deal.


M: Name one famous person you would like to meet.


WL: I think that would be Mark Wahlberg. I admire his work!


M: Name three things you can’t do without when you are travelling.


WL: Powerbank, earphones, and my phone, of course!


M: Name three songs that you work out to.


WL: Ragna Rua’s Ominous Enigma (Deep Techno Set), Desiigner’s Panda, and M83’s Midnight City.


M: Do you have a secret talent?


WL: I think everyone has a secret talent but I haven’t found mine yet.


M: Do you have a guilty pleasure?


WL: I think one of my guilty pleasures is watching chick flicks such as The Notebook or The Age of Adaline.


M: Do you dress up for Halloween? What would you be dressing up as this year?


WL: I will definitely dress up for Halloween! My friends and I are thinking about Alice in Wonderland and I would be one of the twins from the movie.


M: Craziest Halloween experience?


WL: I haven’t had a proper Halloween yet! I’m so excited for this Halloween though!


M: Your go-to pick-up line?


WL: I always joke around with friends about the worst pick-up lines but I don’t have one.


M: Where would you be spending NYE?


WL: I would love to be spending NYE here in NYC with all my new friends. But also would love to be home and spend some time with my family!


M: Your life motto?


WL: Just as my arm tattoo says: Carpe Diem.


[More pictures in the October 2016 issue of MANIFESTO]


Photography: Brent Chua

Fashion Director: Jonathan Yee

Styling: Jungle Lin

Hair & Grooming: Mari Matsumoto

Agency Support: Wilhelmina New York