Mathieu was shot exclusively for MODELS.com by Wikkie Hermkens, with styling by Sonny Groo, with grooming and hair by Stef Ralbovsky using Redken. Special thanks to Adelaide Luzy.

interview

Name:
Mathieu Franke

Agency:
Success Models (Paris) / Fourteen model management (Amsterdam) / Why Not Model Management (Milan)

Age:
21

Height:
189cm (6’2.5″)

Instagram:
@Mathieu096

Place of Origin:
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ethnic Origin:
As far as I know I’m very Dutch

Birthsign:
Taurus

How discovered:
I was just walking home from the University, when this lady on a bike with two toddlers came riding next to me. She was talking with a pretty huge French/Italian accent in English, so I honestly had no idea what she was saying. I had to ask her three or four times what she wanted to know.. Turned out she wanted to know whether I was already a model. So I got her card and thought I’d give it a shot.

What was your first modeling job?
First show ever was Prada. I was exclusive for them in Milan, so it was a pretty relaxed week. I did learn that Italian trains are not to be trusted.

Favorite things:
I’ll tell you what a pretty good day with some of my favorite things for me is. After I wake up (without having set an alarm, important note) I’ll have me a big breakfast. Of course the weather’s nice so I’ll read a little in my hammock on the balcony. Later on I’ll stroll down to the market with my camera and a friend. There we’ll buy some stuff for diner and get some lunch. After that we’ll go into the city, look for some old Ray Charles records and hop into a guitar store or two. Then we might even have a drink in the sun, where some more friends joins us. Later on we’ll all cook a huge diner and feel like kings for three hours. After diner I might go and play a little music with the band, and when we’re done we’ll either go to town for a good time or just listen to some records at home.

What are you listening to at the moment?
This very moment I’m listening to Oops, Up Side Your Head by The Gap Band. But lately I’ve been pretty obsessed with Warren Zevon’s music. The way I listen to music has always been the same: there’s one artist or band that’s the main thing for a couple of weeks, and next to that there’s always my favorites-playlist. Which is becoming pretty damn long.

Favorite movie, tv show:
I’m gonna say Once Upon A Time In The West. My brother and I went to see it last year in the film-museum here in Amsterdam. It’s the shots and the Morricone soundtrack together that did it for me, really the perfect combination. But when I’ve had a long night at work or went out, the next day my go to movie is definitely Rocky III. No matter how rough you feel, that one will always get you out of bed.

Favorite designer, fragrance or beauty product:
My fragrance is Prada Luna Rossa, I love it. It’s sweet and subtle, yet also very cool. Besides that I honestly don’t use any beauty products apart from a little wax in the hair every now and then. My parents have always taught me the importance of healthy and ecological food, so that’s the one thing I’ve always tried to keep up when I started living on my own. Of course I can’t speak for anyone else, but when I eat right I just don’t need all kinds of crazy products.

What were you doing before modeling?
I’m still studying Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the UVA, my focus lays on Conflict Studies, International Relations, and Human Rights. All we basically do is sing Kumbaya and fight the good fight. At night I’m a bartender in the city, which is the perfect place to test all the conflict theories I study during the day.

What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
Definitely studying and bartending as well. Right now there would be much more time for making music with my friends. After modeling I’ll probably go do a master at the university, which one exactly I don’t know yet. The main goal is to single handedly accomplish world peace, of course.

What’s something uncool that you love anyway?
Conway Twitty. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. There’s guilty pleasures, then there’s just plain awful and then there’s this. There’s no excuse here.. When it’s closing time at the bar and I want the people to leave, I’ll even turn on some of his songs. Which is very effective, but I’m secretly enjoying myself very much then.

Favorite modeling experience so far?
That would probably have to be the Prada show, the very first show I ever did. That was all just one amazing adrenaline rush. Right before the show I was searching for my look in the dressing room, and I figured I’d be somewhere in the end or even middle of the show, and I was fine with that. But then I found out I was the second look. That made everything a lot more exciting of course.

What’s the best thing about your hometown/country?
In Amsterdam you can be any place in the entire city within 30 minutes, by bike. It feels like a tiny village and a big city at the same time. As if you’re on holiday in your own city every day.

Which brand would you really love to model for?
There’s really not a particular brand, but ever since I was young I’ve loved the work of Anton Corbijn, probably because of the music photography he’s done. My father’s a photographer, and somehow the things he showed me or told me about Anton Corbijn stuck with me.

Place you would love to visit:
I’ll give you a list, because this question is impossible. New Orleans during Mardi Grass. Paris in the roaring twenties. The Factory when the Velvet Underground was playing. The Santana concert at Woodstock. Mauritius in the spring. Chelsea Hotel in 1968. Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

Currently you’re obsessed with/about:
Charles Bukowski. The way he writes amazes me. When he tells he story it just lives, although not that much really happens. It just keeps on going and somehow never fails to entertain.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
This is pretty cheesy but when I was little I kind of stole a painting my dad had hanging in his office, which is really no more than a Japanse sign that means ‘Be Alive’, painted on rice paper. Still hanging in my living room this day.