Poland-born and based, Jakub Nowocien, who is signed with The Right Stuff, does not seem entirely phased by his modeling-industry fame. He made his debut in June 2011, when he walked exclusively for Givenchy. He has since gone on to walk for Givenchy again in for F/W 2012, Costume National, Boris Bidjan Saberi, and Mugler, etc. He has graced the pages of Vogue Hommes, Numero Homme, Ten Magazine and i-D - just to name a few magazines, and starred in the S/S 2013 lookbook for Komakino. Jakub, who is currently out to sea, talks to us about why all modeling jobs are the same, how he's different from other models, Givenchy and more ...
The Fashion Law - How old are you, and you're from Poland, right?
Jakub Nowocien - So, I'm 24. I'm living all the time in Poland. I think that in some time I'll move, but firstly I have to finish my University.
The Fashion Law - When were you scouted?
Jakub Nowocien - I was scouted by someone from THE RIGHT STUFF management at the night of the museums in the town where I live, but I don't remember exacly when it was - maybe 1 or 2 months before my first show, which was Givenchy S/S 2012 [pictured below].
The Fashion Law - How do you think you are different from other models?
Jakub Nowocien - Hmmm ... In my opinion the biggest difference between me and other models is that "modeling" for me is only the second thing which I'm doing. I'm not thinking that we can really even call it "work." Companies are always looking for some new faces. So, when you are sitting in the plane to Paris, Milan, etc., you don't know that you will do some shows or not. For me, it is more important to have a "normal" job (haha maybe this is not a good word for my present vacancy), and not end up worrying later, "what will I do with my life when nobody will confirm me for shows?"
The Fashion Law - Prior to being scouted, did you think you were “model material”?
Jakub Nowocien - No no, I never thought that someone would scout me to be a model. So, it was a big surprise for me.
The Fashion Law - What has been a highlight of modeling for you so far?
Jakub Nowocien - This may be a little strange, but I don't really think about the shootings and shows like that. For me, all of the requests are very much the same. The difference is only an outfit, name on the label or title. When I'm working for some magazine or I'm walking at show, I don't have in my mind "that company is better then another." I always just try to do a good job for every brand.
The Fashion Law - Do you think there are any downsides to modeling?
Jakub Nowocien - Downsides? I think that depends on your lifestyle and your age. If you are 16-18 years old, you don't have any responsibilities and you can think about jumping between cities, and you are able to receieve all of the different requests from your agency. But for people that are my age, the most important thing is to find something that you can do for whole life. The thing that will allow you to provide your family with everything that they need. But if I have to say the worst thing in a model's work ... I hate when someone is putting make-up on my face!
The Fashion Law - How do you spend your time when you’re not modeling?
Jakub Nowocien - At this time, I'm a student who is doing his practice. I study at the Maritime University in Poland and I'm currently at the time of my internship. So, I'm working on board of merchant ship as a deck cadet in order to receive my officer's licence.
The Fashion Law - What do you think it is that agencies are looking for when they scout new boys?
Jakub Nowocien - In the beginning, I think that fashion industry is searching for models with a little bit of a strange look or character. So, in my opinion"beauty" is a secondary thing.
The Fashion Law - What are you obsessed with right now?
Jakub Nowocien - Obsession? Right now, when I'm on board, a lot of miles from my home, I'm thinking about being ashore and spending my time at home with my girlfriend. That's all.