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
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.
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