Max was shot exclusively for MODELS.com by Evan Browning, with styling by Roberto Johnson, and grooming by Corey Tuttle @ Honey Artists (New York). Interview by Jonathan Shia. Digitals thanks to Agel Raya.
VNY Models (New York)
Place of Origin:
I was walking on the street in Amsterdam and one of the boys from my mother agency saw me and gave me a card. I didn’t want to be a model, so he gave it to my ex-girlfriend and she gave it to my mom and they sent pictures and the next day I went there. I was fifteen so I didn’t think it would be anything for me.
What was your first modeling job?
It was a show in London, KTZ. I was with one of my Dutch friends so he was helping me with what to do. He was just like, “Max do your thing, just walk. Don’t think about the people, just look straight before you.”
I love playing football with my friends and doing stuff with my mom, that’s the best.
What are you listening to at the moment?
A lot of Dutch rap. The beats and stuff are the same but it’s Dutch.
Favorite movie, tv show:
I don’t like movies, I cannot sit for two hours just watching one movie. I don’t watch that much TV either. I’m more outside with my friends.
Favorite designer, fragrance or beauty product:
Armani, because that’s my brand. I love them. I already knew the brand before, but not like now. One Million by Paco Rabanne. Balmain wax and the hairspray is pretty good as well.
What were you doing before modeling?
I was in school, playing soccer every day after school and eating candy.
What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
Still doing the same I think, but playing soccer on a higher level than now because I needed to make a choice—either I was going to play soccer or do this. I started school in September and I’m now studying sports because my mom has her own gym so I want to take that over from her.
What’s something uncool that you love anyway?
I think it’s weird at my age to do a lot with your mom. It’s not really cool to go out with your mom, like after a fashion show, so I think that’s a little bit uncool, but I love it. I started modeling really young so I had someone traveling with me and I always preferred my mom over my dad, but my mom doesn’t like to be away from home a long time and my dad doesn’t care, he loves traveling. I have a little sister who’s fourteen so she’s still in school so one of them needs to stay.
Favorite modeling experience so far?
Opening the Emporio Armani show. I was looking at the board in the middle because I had two looks and I was looking for myself and I saw one right before closing and I was like, Where’s my other look? So I looked up, up, up, then I saw the first picture and it was me.
What’s the best thing about your hometown/country?
I love the weather, but the best is riding your bicycle. Everybody in Holland rides on a bicycle. The beach back home is good as well.
Which brand would you really love to model for?
I think Vogue. I want to do that one or I want to work for Versace because I never did that.
Place you would love to visit:
Maybe South Africa to see how it is there. I’d love to go and give some clothes to the children.
Currently you’re obsessed with/about:
My mom. Or shoes. I’m buying too many shoes.