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