We caught up with Poland-born Michael Bernasiak (Major Paris, AS Management), who walked as an Alexander McQueen exclusive this past January in Paris. Bernasiak, who also walked for Lanvin, John Galliano, Paul Smith, and others for his first season (S/S 2014), spoke to us about where he was discovered, his favorite brand right now, his guilty pleasure and more …
AGE: I just turned 19.
HOMETOWN: I'm from Kolumna, which is a small, nice town. I was born and I grew up here. It's a place where the forest and people live by its sides.
I WAS DISCOVERED … A year and a half ago by the boss of the agency, Artur Siwiec, during Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland in Łódź. It was a total coincidence. I was there watching shows with my friends and after a show, a French photographer - Jean Paul - walked my way and asked what agency I am with and he asked if he could take some photos of me. I laughed. Then a little later, a guy stopped me and proposed a contract to me, which I signed a few days later.
DID YOU THINK YOU WERE “MODEL MATERIAL”? No. Trust me, if I thought that, I'd be asking agencies to have me. Before getting scouted, I thought they need maculine, muscled, big, sexy guys. HOW WRONG I WAS BACK THEN! [laughs].
However, thanks to my mother, I have always knew what matters in life and what makes you beautiful is how you treat those who can do nothing for you. So, I felt pretty (laughs). It took me a long time to feel sexy, because I got bullied in school. I thought I am too skinny.
MY FAVORITE SHOW SO FAR ... It is hard to say. Every show gives me more courage, self-awareness, happiness and what is the most important for my job - experience. I think, counting points for EVERYTHING during the show and time before I was walking on a catwalk, Paul Smith's show in last June would win. It was so nice there. Eating that fresh, made for your request food made me feel like a Greek god. Clothes were colorful and Paul is such an easy-going designer. Everything seemed so heavenly, quiet and easy. Yes, now when I think about it, it was the best.
FOR FUN I LIKE TO … Spend time with people that put something new your life. People whose stories inspire you. I surround myself with happy people, so I don't get any bad vibes. I like to drink, too. I am polish, so I think there is no doubt about it. I listen to music a lot. I want to create a soundtrack to my life.
MY FAVORITE DESIGNER IS … DZKY (http://www.maciejsieradzky.com). I like how he is passionate about what he does. He makes it all himself. From the beginning till the very end. I think this is what is important.
OUTSIDE OF MODELING … I simply love to travel. I joke that I do it so I can say what country I will like to live in best. Languages - they make me thrill. Even polish language is sometimes a mystery. I like to explore it. I speak french, too. Music is my hobby as well. Helping others and philosophy might be things that I really enjoy. I will feel free to say I am interested in LIFE.
MY GUILTY PLEASURE IS … Alcohol. [laughs] I don't go crazy when I drink … I just talk (EVEN MORE THAN USUAL). I make jokes, speak in different languages, dance like there is no tomorrow. I am friendly as a dog.