Text by Kee
Wool blazer with calfskin leather appliqué, calfskin leather bonded cotton T-shirt, and wool joggers (Emporio Armani), and calfskin leather boots (Bottega Veneta)
Nylon windbreaker, nylon vest, wool knit sweater, and nylon track trousers (Prada)
Calfskin leather bonded cotton T-shirt, wool joggers trousers, and wool blazer (Emporio Armani), and calfskin leather boots (Bottega Veneta)
Wool coat and wool knit sweater (Bottega Veneta)
Shearling coat (Emporio Armani)

When this Dutch model isn’t making ends meet via marketing clothes on some glamourous runway, hawking Italian-made tailoring for some influential fashion magnate, or making the cover of major glossies, he’s just the regular coffee-drinking Joe feeding squirrels in the park, giving out random hugs to kittens and pooches, and getting to know horses on a first name basis (probably). Yes, he’s changing the world on his own terms.


MANIFESTO: How were you discovered to be a model?


JORDY BAAN: I got scouted while I was walking down the streets of Amsterdam by Jorma who is now my mother agent at Republic.


M: What was your first impression of the modelling industry?


JB: At first I didn’t understand why it was such a big industry. I imagined it to be quite small.


M: What is the biggest misconception that people have about male models?


JB: A lot of people think being a model is really easy and all you need is a pretty face, but there is a lot more that comes with it.


M: If you weren’t a model, what would you be doing for a living?


JB: I would probably still be in school studying economics because that was what I used to do and have a degree in. I think I would try to study as long as possible because it’s great that you are able to learn new things.


M: What did your family and friends think about your career choice? Were they always supportive?


JB: They didn’t really understand the job and the industry at first but they were always very supportive of my choice and now they think it’s quite cool that I get to see the world.


M: If you can land one big fashion campaign right now, which brand would it be?


JB: I am interested in a lot of brands and appreciate different kinds of fashion and designers. However, every male model aims for a fragrance campaign.


M: Do you have a usual hangout spot (i.e. bar, restaurant, club) that we might be able to find you at any given day of the week?


JB: I really like to hang out around Union Square with my friends because there are so many interesting people to look at there. Watching people on the streets is the best.


M: If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?


JB: Meeting Nelson Mandela would be absolutely amazing. He was such an inspiring person and meant so much to the world we live in.


M: Have you ever held a job outside of modelling?


JB: I used to work at my local supermarket before I got scouted.


M: What did you spend your first pay cheque on?


JB: A MacBook Air.


M: What do you eat on your cheat day?


JB: I’m naturally quite slim, so every day is a cheat day for me. I think it is because of my fast metabolism.


M: What’s your gym regime like?


JB: I’m in New York at the moment and I try to go five times a week to get some guns. Usually I do a lot of weightlifting, and I always go in the sauna after.


M: When was the last time you were star struck?


JB: I don’t really get star struck that easily. I don’t really care who someone is, as long as someone is nice and friendly they can be my buddy.


M: What do you think is your best asset?


JB: I’m not sure but I asked my friends and they said that I’m a really open-minded and friendly person.


M: Do you cook? If so, what’s your signature dish?


JB: I can make an awesome pasta carbonara, but unfortunately I like takeout food a little more.


M: What was the last book you read?


JB: I’m a very visual person, so I do not read a lot of books. I prefer watching movies or documentaries. I do read the newspaper so I prefer talking with my friends about what’s going on in the world at the moment.


M: If we were to visit Netherlands, what is one place that we must see?


JB: The airport for a connecting flight (Laughs). I love Amsterdam as a city and there are too many nice things to see! I can’t really pick one but I would definitely visit the Rijksmuseum. I’m a huge history fan and they have some of the best paintings in the world.


M: You’re born in Rijssen. What is one thing not many people know about that town?


JB: Everybody thinks Rijssen is just a small village, but it actually has city rights. The original city rights papers got lost in a big fire in the year 1243, but recently a copy was given to the newly instated city council.


M: Are you a morning person or a night owl?


JB: I‘m absolutely a night owl. I love to sleep in if I’m able to, but if I have to wake up early it’s not
a problem.


M: Share with us your favourite pick-up line.


JB: “Do you work at Subway? ‘Cause you just gave me a foot-long.’’ (Laughs) Pickup lines isn’t my strongest asset.


M: What’s your favourite television show and/or movie of all time?


JB: The Pursuit of Happyness because the story is amazing.


M: Name one item you can’t leave home without.


JB: My phone.


M: Name three songs that best describes you.


JB: Pick Up the Phone by Young Thug and Travis Scott; Love Yourself by Justin Bieber; and Whispers (Acoustic) by Passenger.


M: Do you have a favourite joke?


JB: I do, but it would get censored here anyway.


M: Share with us the last embarrassing thing that happened to you.


JB: A while ago I wanted to throw on my backpack. I didn’t see a petite lady standing behind me and I accidentally hit her really hard with my elbow. I felt so bad.


M: What do you think is your worst habit?


JB: Saying that I’ll be there in five minutes while I’m actually 15 minutes away.


M: Do you read all the comments on your social media account? What’s been the most memorable comment?


JB: I try to read them all. The most memorable and funny one was a guy asking me if I’m an escort. (I’m not, FYI.)


M: Describe yourself in one word.


JB: Relaxed.


M: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?


JB: I don’t really have a hidden talent. If I’m talented in something, people would know because I would be too excited to show them.


M: What’s your life motto?


JB: If you don’t shoot, you don’t score.


[More pictures in the November-December 2016 issue of MANIFESTO]


Photogrpahy: Brent Chua
Fashion Director: Jonathan Yee
Styling: Jungle Lin
Hair & Grooming; Mari Matsumoto
Agency Support: VNY

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