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#MVBoy Junior Choi is only 20 years old and has already built an impressive modelling portfolio, working with some of the best fashion designer brands such as Burberry, DSquared2, Givenchy to name a few and has walked in shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York.
Continue reading to find out Junior's top career advice for aspiring models, his catwalk top tips, Instagram inspiration and his favourite moments with Model Village so far...
A bit about Junior
Hometown: London, United Kingdom
Mother agency: Select Models
Q.2 Describe your sense of style in 4 words...
Cosy, cosy, cosy, cosy!
Q.3 What hobbies do you have outside of modelling?
I love listening to music and discovering the latest artists! I am also very into fitness and work out in the gym every day if I can, especially before Fashion Month.
Q.4 How do you curate your content for your Instagram?
I actually don’t plan anything, I just find a spot I feel comfy in, set the frame for whoever’s with me and tell them to snap it real quick!
This is actually a great tip I suggest for quickly catching that perfect shot, sometimes if you overthink a situation you can also overcomplicate the image and it won't look natural.
Q.5 Tell us about Arif Ferdous. What is the brand about and what is your connection to it?
Arif Ferdous is founded by my friend Arif and my role entails being the brand's creative director and handling the marketing side of the business!
The brand is about sending messages to the world, messages which may provoke thought and controversy and something that may change a person's entire way of thinking. Unlike a lot of other clothing brands, Arif Ferdous is not just a logo on the material!
There’s a pure and original concept behind it and that’s why I believe in it so much.
Q.6 What was it like walking in the Moncler show in Milan during Fashion Week?
It was a very cool show for sure, I love what they did with the collaborations so it is always exciting to be a part of a show that is so creative and innovative within its design.
The casting was also a funny one, the casting director lined everyone up and just said yes/no and then when there is no 'no’s' left the room he said cool, so everyone’s got the job! haha
Q.7 What has been your favourite job to date?
The Givenchy show by Ricardo Tisci was my favourite show to date! It really felt like a show with all the features; the music was perfectly themed with the clothes' aesthetic and really helped you get into the mood of the brand.
The all-time favourite job that I have worked with is Pigalle. The brand was founded in 2008 by Stephane Ashpool and has a truly cool, Parisian ethos and was named after a former red-light district in Paris! The whole team have a real family feel that you don't find everywhere!
Q.8 What advice would you give to male models who want to build their profile on Instagram?
Q.9 Since you've walked in shows all over the world, which city do you think has the best designers and why?
I think every city has its own fair share of amazing designers as a whole...
London’s on its rise, but since the loss of a lot of big designers it has lost its worth but is forming a new culture of new designers to watch and up-and-coming collections.
I also think that the fashion industry as a whole has become so much more diverse, both in terms of designers and their collections, but also for the male model industry.
Q.10 What has been your favourite experience so far with Model Village?
I loved helping shoot the new website for Model Village a couple of weeks ago! The location was amazing and was great because of the open plan access as there was so much light! It was also so nice as I could also use the opportunity for a new music video I'm creating!
I also love using the app to discover new places I’ve never heard of before, it's a great app to have when your travelling also, as you get to try new food and get connected with new brands.
Q.11 Which other male models do you think are killing it on Instagram right now?
Q.12 What is one personal and professional goal you wish to achieve in 2018?
- My personal goal is to remain focused this year just as much as I can and try and grow in all aspects.
- My professional goal is to execute everything I’ve set out to do to the best of its capability.
Q.13 What is your dream designer/ brand to work with?
It was Represent Clothing and I’ve ticked it off the list. Represent is a British street-rooted label created in 2012 by brothers George & Mike Heaton.
They have an amazingly strong signature aesthetic and I had been wanting to work with them for a while!