Haris Seoudy is a brand new face in the modeling industry, but with such a strong look, its only a matter of time before this 18-year old half English, half Egyptian model is starring in Givenchy campaigns. You may have seen him in editorials for Hypebeast, Ponystep, Phoenix and Vice Magazines (just to name a few), Common Affairs’ Spring 2013 lookbook, the latest G-Star Raw campaign and a recent F.Tape profile. He has been shooting with some of our favorite photogs lately, and so, we sat down with him to talk branding, modeling, why he wants to work with Stone Island and more ...
The Fashion Law – Business today is so much about branding do you feel like models are brands?
Haris Seoudy – I feel that the way some models look can suit a particular brand and the image that the designer is going for. I think my "brand" can be described as tough, strong and bad boy looking, probably because of my very short hair, which not a lot of other male models have.
The Fashion Law – Among female models, there is always a lot of controversy regarding age, and the girls being so young and working too many hours. Have you noticed this among male models?
Haris Seoudy – I haven't really noticed this with male models. I haven't seen any male models that are that young.
The Fashion Law – You’ve been modeling for less than a year. How has it been so far?
Haris Seoudy – Its been a great experience so far! I've really enjoyed the traveling and meeting loads of different new people, too. Starting the casting process was a bit shaky but I feel the more castings that I go to the better I get.
The Fashion Law – Your main agency is Models 1, and that's not exclusive because you have other agencies, right?
Haris Seoudy – I've been with Models 1 for about six months now, and I signed with an agency in Milan called Why Not Models two months ago, which is great!
The Fashion Law – Most people probably don’t know this but you applied on the Models 1 website and that’s how you were “discovered.”
Haris Seoudy – Yes. I was in a coffee shop with my mum, and someone who worked at the agency told me to apply online. So, I sent in my passport photo and some of my Facebook pictures with my friends cropped out that night.
The Fashion Law – You're so new but do you have a favorite modeling experience so far and is there a particular designer or design house that you absolutely want to work?
Haris Seoudy – Definitely shooting for G-Star Raw in Amsterdam this past October. The people there were lovely, and they really looked after me. I would love to shoot a Stone Island campaign simply because I love their coats and I think my look could suit their branding.
The Fashion Law – I know you are probably traveling constantly, but when you're not, how do you spend your free time ?
Haris Seoudy – I live in North London and when I have some free time I like to go to gym and run and keep fit. I also catch up with my friends.
The Fashion Law – You just turned 18 (Happy belated Birthday!) and you are in college right now. What are you studying?
Haris Seoudy – Thank you! I'm doing my second year of A-Levels at Woodhouse College (in North London), which are Biology, Economics and Physical Education. After this year I plan to take a gap year and try modelling full time before I go to university.
The Fashion Law – What are you obsessed with right now?
Haris Seoudy – House music and a TV series on BBC called Alan Sugar's Young Apprentice!