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February 13th, 2015 by Holly Miller
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Having caught the attention of major fashion brands ranging from Burberry to DKNY, British pro-skateboarder Ben Nordberg (Next LA) shares with models.com his experience working alongside some of the industry’s biggest faces and how he manages to juggle two very different careers.

Video + Photos Elias Tahan
Camera Assistant Lane Stewart
Producer/Interview Taj Alwan
Grooming Dusty Starks using Kate Somerville Skincare
Music “Candy Flu” courtesy of The Walking Who

TAJ: Did you always know you wanted to be a pro skater growing up? How long have you been skating for?

BEN: I started skateboarding when I was 11. All of my friends at the time started skating, so I joined in and instantly became addicted. As time went on, a lot of my friends stopped skating, but I just kept going. At no point growing up did I think it would lead to anything, especially not a career and the chance to move to america. Skateboarding has given me the chance to travel the world, meet some great people along the way and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

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TAJ: How did you get your start in modeling?

BEN: Mimi from Next LA saw some of pics on Instagram. They contacted me and it went from there… I’m very grateful for everything they’ve done and the continued support. I couldn’t ask for a nicer group of people to work with.

TAJ: How do you balance your skate and modeling career?

BEN: So far I’ve been able to balance everything well – With skateboarding you make your own schedule (for the most part), so it enables me to be available to do shoots and travel. I’ve been travelling since an early age, so I’m always ready to pack a bag and go somewhere. I’m grateful to be in this position now. I like to stay active as I dont have a very long attention span ha, and California tailors perfectly to that. During most days, I surf in the morning and skate in the afternoon.

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TAJ: Do you come across any criticism from the skate industry for working as a model? If yes, how do you handle it?

BEN: I’ve definitely encountered some criticism, but who hasn’t? The way I look at it is… in sports like football, basketball etc large endorsements and campaigns are a common thing, so why can’t skateboarders do it too? Skateboarding takes just as much practice and dedication; I think we should be able to benefit from that and have it lead to other things.

TAJ: What was it like to work on the DKNY campaign and alongside fellow Brit Cara Delevigne?

BEN: It was a really cool experience. I was a little nervous going into it, just because I’d never done a shoot with such a large production before. But once I got there, everyone was really cool and easy to work with which made the shoot a really fun place to be. Plus, it was at the skatepark! So when we weren’t shooting, I just skated the whole time.
Cara is really friendly and easy going. As we are both Brits, we got along right away. Hopefully we can shoot together again soon.

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TAJ: Who (photographer or brand) would you like to work with next and why?

BEN: Burberry is definitely high on the list. I love how they keep everything so British and the general aesthetic of the brand. I worked with them last year and Marina, Natalie and all the girls there are so cool! I had a blast. I’d really like to shoot with Mario Testino or Hedi Slimane.
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February 9th, 2015 by Holly Miller
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February 6th, 2015 by Janelle
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Julia Bergshoeff by Conte + Portier for Models.com

With her laid back beauty and elegant vibe Julia Bergshoeff has become one of the most visible models of the moment. Her enviable career trajectory began with a series of Ashley Brokaw exclusives for luxury clients like Prada and Miu Miu, which quickly led to standout work in the pages of Vogue Paris, i-D Magazine, British Vogue and Interview. This season alone Julia has appeared in campaigns for everyone from Coach to Proenza Schouler and she’s become a go-to girl for influential photographers like Steven Meisel and David Sims. Though her success on and off the runway has altered her life, Julia maintains an appealing nonchalance about her move from Dutch high schooler to international modeling star. It’s that low-key attitude (in addition to her pristine looks) that have already drawn comparisons to famously chill supermodels like Daria Werbowy and Freja Beha, but Julia’s appeal is all her own.

Where are you from?

JB: I’m from a small town in Holland.

So, how and when were you discovered?

JB: I was discovered at 15 in the streets in Holland; I was with friends walking around and a scout approached me.

Did you ever think about being a model before that?

JB: Honestly I never thought about it. People told me I could, but I didn’t really do anything or try to make it happen, but when I finally tried things worked out well.

That’s an understatement! Now, your very first show was Prada and you’ve been working with them quite a bit. What has that been like?

JB: I didn’t really know what was happening at first. Then people were telling me it was amazing and it was great, I was really happy to actually do it, but it wasn’t until after that I realized how huge it was.

It’s a very major show and it’s great to start with them because they always pick incredible new talent and faces! You’ve been also doing a lot of great editorial work – what has been your favorite so far?

JB: It was in Paris with David, it felt like were were all in a dream. I don’t know what it was but everything , everything was nice and went well. It was two days, and we all had fun.

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What do you like to do when you’re not modeling or off-duty?

JB: I like to be home and see my friends and family. I like cooking with my family, all sorts of things.

Were you into fashion before you started modeling?

JB: Not at all.

So you’ve been learning as you go?

JB: Yeah. I’ve been looking at a lot of magazines, learning about the people behind everything, the photographers, stylists, so many talented people.

It’s a great way to learn it! Looking at all of the people…

JB: It’s a whole new world. It’s pretty cool..

Are there any designers that you really like to wear? How would you describe your style?

JB: I like Acne, I have their coat. It’s really warm and nice for the winter here. I don’t know, I just like basic and classic things. A lot of black and white.

Is there anything you’d like to do in the future? Someone you’d like to work with or something you’d like to accomplish? It doesn’t have to be in the world of modeling.

JB: I would like to get my own apartment here and maybe live with friends and just have New York as my home. To be able to come home to New York and to come home to Holland would be nice.

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Julia Bergshoeff by Conte + Portier for Models.com

February 3rd, 2015 by models.com
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Model of the Year Readers' Choice Award

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February 1st, 2015 by models.com
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Photo: Zane Zhou / SVA MPS Graduate Fashion Photography program

Aspiring photographers looking to hone their skills alongside some of the most influential image makers, creative directors and retouchers will find no better place than New York’s School of Visual Arts. The Graduate photography program allows students to train with a faculty that includes talent from Vogue, The New Yorker, Art + Commerce and ICP and concludes its year with an exhibition at MILK Studio– these are the kinds of opportunities afforded to SVA students’s MPS Graduate Fashion Photography program. The intensive one year program allows photographers to fine-tune their craft, while building that all too valuable network of collaborators and clients. From fine-art photography to commercial and moving image, SVA offers a world class experience and unparalleled support for its artists. With the expert tutelage given at SVA a photographer can move from good, to truly great.

Co-chair of the SVA MPS program and managing director of Art + Commerce, Jimmy Moffat will be fielding questions from aspiring photographers for an upcoming Models.com interview presented by SVA’s MPS program.

To have your question considered leave them in the comments below, email them to interview@models.com, or tweet to us using the hashtag #ASKSVA to query the man behind everyone from Meisel to Annie Liebovitz.

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(this year’s program’s application deadline is February 15)

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Art & Commerce’s Jimmy Moffat

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