Since being scouted just over a year ago at a party in Poland, Pawel Srokowski (Panda, Bananas, 2morrow, NEVS Models) made his debut for Burberry in January 2013, and has gone on to walk for Dior Homme (he was one of the brand new faces the house cast for its F/W 2014 show), Daks, Moschino, and Andrea Pompilio - just to name a few, and grace the pages of Hole, Fashionisto, and others. We talked to the up-and-coming model about why he didn't think he was "model material", juggling school and modeling, what has surprised him most about the fashion industry, and more ...
The Fashion Law - How old are you and where in Poland are you from?
Pawel Srokowski - I'm 20 years old and I come from beautiful city Torun, but now I live in Poznan where I study electrical engineering at the University of Technology.
The Fashion Law - When and where were you discovered?
Pawel Srokowski - I was discovered over a year ago at a party by a friend of my sister. A friend turned out to be a scout of Panda Models agency. She invited me to take a test photos for agency. To my surprise, after a month, 2morrow, an agency from milan, called me and suggested a trip to Milan for a fashion show in January. It was quite an interesting option for the student of technology.
The Fashion Law - Prior to being discovered, did you think you were "model material"?
Pawel Srokowski - I never thought that I could be a model because I thought I was too skinny for that. But as you can see, there is also a work for skinny models. Later I wondered if I find time to work as a model. Fortunately I manage to somehow combine the study and modeling.
The Fashion Law - Is it difficult to pursue modeling while you're in school?
Pawel Srokowski - I think learning and modeling at the same time requires the ability to manage your time. At first I tried to learn between the castings, but I noticed that it is very difficult to focus and learn something. So, I decided to leave learning in Poland. Unfortunately, because of the university, I am not able to perform all the options that the agency gives me, but on the other hand, if modeling does not work out, I always have something to go back to. Without the pressure of your future, I think it is much easier to model. This peace of mind in some way helps me to achieve success at work.
The Fashion Law - What is the best part, in your opinion, about being a model?
Pawel Srokowski - The best part is that you get to see each city in which you work in a completely different way. Single-day traveling around the city by public transport gives you the opportunity to see the places that are difficult to see as tourist. Also, the traveling is a good time to improve a foreign language and meet new interesting people.
The Fashion Law - What has surprised you the most about the fashion/modeling industries?
Pawel Srokowski - The prices of the clothes! But seriously, what really surprised me is that the industry spends so much money hiring a lot of people just to make a few minute show. There is so much work and stress involved in creating a fashion show, and for that, I really admire everyone in the industry.
The Fashion Law - How do you think you are different from other models?
Pawel Srokowski - I am a very responsible person. Since I have already declared to work as a model, I execute it as best as I can. Also, modeling and studying at the same time is a bit different. I have amazed a few people that I manage to combine these two things! [laughs]
The Fashion Law - What are you obsessed with right now?
Pawel Srokowski - Right now I'm obsessed with my girlfriend!