Most people have an idea of what to expect when meeting a model. Dealing in fashion you meet quit a few of them. There are those times when I am really surprised at the person that is the model. Not because they are the beautiful people, but because they have the drive and the tenacity that you rarely see in this world, fashion or otherwise. I really had some trouble writing this. I thought, how can I portray him as the cool person he is? Then I realized, his kick ass pictures do him justice. I had the pleasure to interview my Model of the Week, Victor Kolyszko.
Question: What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet right now? The piece that you find yourself in all the time hoping it can last forever?
Answer: Working at American Eagle, I’ve had the pleasure to stock up on some awesome tanks for the summer. I find myself wearing them a lot haha.
Question: How would you define your personal style?
Answer: I hate the word “hipster” but I sometimes tend to fall into the style. Thanks to Chicago’s winters and being forced to layer constantly; as well as the fact that I’m frequently in Chicago’s Wicker Park area. I suppose I can be pretty hipster sometimes, although I sometimes just think I want all those hipsters out there on Instagram to follow me (haha). I can dress pretty classy on other days though too.
Question: Tell me a little about yourself. Where were you born? What’s your educational background?
Answer: I’m originally from Minnesota but went to high school in Las Vegas (Random, I know). My dad’s originally from Chicago and I always sort of wanted to come back to the Midwest for school. Chicago’s a beautiful city, especially when we aren’t being hit by Snowpacalypses! I went to The School of the Art Institute for a few semesters and currently freelance a lot. I work on my visual art, while taking and teaching yoga classes, and model.
*Snowpacalypse – When large amounts of snow fall onto unsuspecting people in an urban area in a short amount of time. It wreaks havoc on the city, people start to claim to see Big Foot, and it seems all hope is lost of ever seeing a flower again. This happens in Chicago pretty much from November to late March.
Question: How has yoga helped you in the industry? Does it help you mellow out and stay fit?
Answer: Absolutely. I’m 6’6″, and I’ve never been able to touch my toes, until I started doing yoga for the last year and a half. I’m so much more flexible and it really keeps my mind at ease. It’s a great combination with my normal workout routine.
Question: How long have you worked as a model?
Answer: About a year now, it was in May of 2012 that I first started building a portfolio.
Question: What fashion icons did you/ do you look up to?
Answer: I guess most of my inspiration comes from writers, visual artists and musicians. Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, Mark Ryden, and Imagine Dragons being a few. Hence my Lewis Carroll wrist tattoo (from his Jabberwocky poem in Through the Looking Glass). But in terms of fashion, Alexander McQueen is pretty great.
Question: When did you decide to start modeling?
Answer: I’ve always had a small interest in the modeling and fashion worlds, but never really planned on pursuing it. I was involved with theater and costume designing in high school. Took up some fashion illustration classes later here in Chicago at SAIC. But I responded to a Craigslist ad last year for a Sear’s runway show and things just started happening.
Question: What was your first show?
Answer: May of last year, the Sear’s runway show. It wasn’t as exciting as it sounds (haha).
Question: What do you like most about being a model?
Answer: The overall energy of the industry, especially from all the amazing stylists, photographers, and models out there.
Question: What is your favorite thing that you have modeled?
Answer: My favorite thing I’ve modeled was Rob Bacon’s jewelry last summer. The day we shot over downtown, Chicago was an outstanding summer day. My favorite event was working with Australian hair stylist last month at America’s Beauty Show at McCormick Place.
Question: What do you like least about being a model?
Answer: You either make it or you don’t in this industry, the modeling world, and that’s a tough reality. If you’re strong, and you know this, you can do great things. That’s what can be challenging at times with modeling.
Question: What are your goals in the fashion industry?
Answer: Just to continue networking and never stop meeting and working with talented, amazing people. I look forward to moving back to the West Coast.
Question: If you could model for any brand, who would it be?
Answer: Topman, without a doubt. They just have a great look and it’s a goal of mine to work with them.
Question: Working in the modeling industry, I know there are tons of beauty products you get to test. Any that you swear by?
Answer: Working America’s Beauty Show, I received a ton of free hair products and this hair oil called “Crazy Smooth Color Proof Extreme Shine Treatment Oil”. It does wonders. I also have an aloe plant and that does amazing things to your skin.
Question: What do you think makes you stand out?
Answer: My height and it’s really sad because it’s the first thing people notice about me. Not that I’m self-conscious, it’s just a funny, sad reality for me.