Paris-based actor-turned-model, Robin Clive, just signed on with Rock Men models and has appeared in ad campaigns for Romain Laurent and Microsoft, and graced the pages of Wad Magazine and Intersection mag. He's set to walk in fashion week next month, but before that, he talks to us about studying, Givenchy, summer in Paris, and more ...
The Fashion Law – How old are you and what's your nationality?
Robin Clive – I'm 20 years old. I was born in Paris, lived in London for a few years and then came back to Paris. My mom is Canadian, and my dad's family is Jewish from Poland. I will not start talking about my grandparents because it's actually a big melting pot!
The Fashion Law – Business today is so much about branding. Do you feel like models are brands?
Robin Clive – I think models are a source of observation for the client, and so, a model is not necessarily a brand of his own. He is part of a designer's brand.
The Fashion Law – How do you think you are different from other models?
Robin Clive – Most models are similar and I know that there will always be more beautiful models, but what makes me different is just being myself. My personality and who I am, aside from my looks.
The Fashion Law– What did you think of modeling before you got started?
Robin Clive– Before I started modeling, it wasn't a big interest for me because I was focused on acting. My dearest friend Willy Cartier showed me as he was getting started how fancy this job could be. Finally I started finding it pretty amusing because for me it is just playing another role.
The Fashion Law – What has been the highlight of modeling for you so far? Is there a specific job you loved?
Robin Clive – I've enjoyed many of the jobs so far. I know that each time people are happy with the result, no matter what job it is, and so, I take pride in that.
The Fashion Law – Do you think there are any downsides to modeling?
Robin Clive – Modeling is just like any other job, and so, there are good things and bad things, and like any other thing, I try to make the best out of it.
The Fashion Law – Is there a particular designer or design house that you absolutely want to work with?
Robin Clive – Givenchy. Their shows are wonderful and always surprising.
The Fashion Law –What do you like to do when you're not traveling and working?
Robin Clive – When I'm not working on shoots, I continue to work on my acting. I also write a lot, play guitar, and for the past two years, I've been studying "global design" in a school in Paris.
The Fashion Law – What are you obsessed with right now?
Robin Clive – Summer coming to Paris, because it means having a good time, good jobs, smiles on people's faces, long and colorful days, and mini skirts!