Nancy, France-based Paul Iannacone (DMA, Fashion Milano, Studio Models) was scouted just last year and has since gone on to walk for Ann Demeulemeester (before jetting off to work in Korea) and grace the pages of Fashionisto, Uomo Moda, and an array of Korean publications. He talks to us about being scouted (20 minutes after breaking up with his girlfriend), the downsides of modeling, what he is obsessed with right now and more ...
The Fashion Law – How old are you and what's your nationality?
Paul Iannacone – I'm 21 and French.
The Fashion Law – Where were you scouted?
Paul Iannacone – I was scouted in a store with a friend 20 minutesafter I broke up with my girlfriend at the time. Life is funny sometimes, right?!
The Fashion Law – What were you doing prior to modeling?
Paul Iannacone – I was in high school.
The Fashion Law – And what did you think of modeling before you got started?
Paul Iannacone – I just thought it was a wild world. I saw it just as kids see Neverland: unknown, exciting, crazy.
The Fashion Law – How do you think you are different from other models?
Paul Iannacone – How I differ from other models ... Well, wow. That's a tough one! I would say because modeling is more than a job to me. It's a dream, a passion.
The Fashion Law – What has been the highlight of modeling for you so far?
Paul Iannacone – There has been many but if I have to chose, I'd pick the Fashion Week in Paris this winter for Anne Demeulemeester. There have been plenty others that I've loved, as well. My other favorite job was the shooting I did in Kuala Lumpur. It was a shoot for fashion spread and it became a crazy photoshoot where I was disguised with flowers, fake tattoos, and these changes of characters made it really impressive. The team was freaking creative, which combines perfectly with what I love about this job.
The Fashion Law – Do you think there are any downsides to modeling?
Paul Iannacone – Yep, some, like any job I guess. With modeling the downside is the loneliness. The traveling is wonderful but moving around means not having family or friends to share it with and sometimes photos and postcards aren't enough. Still the people you shoot with make you feel like a part of a family, as well. So, it's not so bad.
The Fashion Law – Is there a particular designer or design house that you absolutely want to work with?
Paul Iannacone – There are many I would love to work with. I'd love to work with the basic top brands, such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior ... Although I'd also love working for a more specific designer as Comme des Garcons, Issey Miyake and Rick Owens.
The Fashion Law – What do you like to do when you're not traveling/working?
Paul Iannacone – As cliche as it may sound, staying with my family and friends and mostly trying to stay down to earth.
The Fashion Law – Do you think that you are down to earth?
Paul Iannacone – Yes, I think so. You just have to never forget where you come from and appreciate everything life gives to you. From a show during a Fashion Week to a lunch in your Italian grandmother's house on a Sunday!
The Fashion Law – What are you obsessed with right now?
Paul Iannacone – Well, I guess my next trip and what's going to happen next!