FROM A SMALL CITY TO GIANT RUNWAYS: JAKOB HYBHOLT

CLIMBER

 

The shooting for the Climber's &ldquoSupramind&rdquo themed new season took place in Fabrika Studios which carries the tint of Istanbul's cosmopolitan and eclectic style. This time it was Jakob Hybholt from Denmark modeling in front of Sedef Delen's camera, who for seasons has carried the language of this brand over to photographs. Jakob Hybholt, this 24 year old model, who is in agents' portfolios in many cities from New York to Tokyo, from London to Paris, has walked on the catwalk for the greatest designers from John Galliano to Issey Miyake, is now the face of Climber. Hybholt has preserved the sincerity of that little city he comes from and belongs to.

How did you enter the fashion world?
I was discovered by a photographer. He took me to a modeling agency and convinced me to sign on. I was an ordinary person and I found myself as a model. That's how my story started.

What's the part of being a model that you like most?
Traveling is what I like most. That's what you do very often. You get to know other cultures and begin to see the world from another perspective. For example, I once went to Tokyo. I stayed there for one or two months for work and I wasn't a tourist anymore. I was watching people's everyday life there. That's a huge thing for me.

What about the thing you least like?
I dislike mostly that there's a contrast. I mean, it happens between me in the fashion world and me returning home after a gig. Actually, this is like a strange love-hate relationship. I don't like to be far away from my family and friends. But at the same time, it gives me pleasure to know that I'm doing something different.

What does fashion mean to you?
It seems like an interesting kind of art displayed by people. It's really weird. But frankly, it doesn't appeal to me.

Fashion shows, editorial shoots, campaigns. Which excites you the most?
Actually, it's difficult to give an answer to that. I have a lot of fun in fashion shows. Everyone hangs out and has a good time. Generally you become a part of a fashion week. I enjoy hanging out as a group. When it comes to editorial or campaign shoots, I really feel curious things. Some photos give a weird message to the viewer, some of them can be creepy. Sometimes, it's a lot of fun.

At the moment, you are modeling pieces from Climber's new season collection. As a model, what can you say about the collection?
The shooting continues. I haven't seen the whole collection yet but I can say this. These outfits are too stylish for daily use. Often wild and rebellious. When I look at the photos, I can see that this is well reflected. Indeed, we do our best to reflect it well.

How do you define your own style?
My own style is actually quiet classic. I very much like the combination of tight jean, white t-shirt and a leather jacket. Everyone starts from somewhere and tries a lot of different styles. But it stops somewhere and you want to continue with what you have.

What is pure success for you?
Pure success can be having a job, and waking up every morning feeling proud and happy. That's what my father used to say all the time. You don't have to be rich and do everything. Just try to be happy. That's my only goal.

What has been the biggest surprise you experienced since you started modeling?
The biggest surprise? I guess everyone was surprised like me and actually we were all young kids coming from small cities. At first, you think that everyone in this world is passionate about fashion, but then you discover that everyone is as regular as a person as you are. That was the big surprise for me.

Who's your favorite designer?
When you look at fashion as an art, as I do, you realize that in this line of work, the personalities of the designers are so remarkable or significant. For example, Raf Simons. I don't personally know him very well but we spent some time together in his showroom, and I had the chance to getting to know him even if just a little. Even though he creates such hit works, it's incredible how he's so good and preserves that.

Who's your favorite top model?
I love Danish models! I can think of many names. I think, at the top of the list is Caroline Brasch Nielsen. I personally know her and I like her as a friend. I think she's a very cool model. I'd definitely go for the Dane models!  (laughs)

What about your favorite photographer?
I had the chance to work with Sebastian Kim in a recent project. It was definitely a great experience. I think he has the potential to become the future Mario Testino. Not just with his personality, he's a great name with his contribution to photography and his approach.

Can you tell us about a moment you can't forget?
It was my first visit to New York. My agency took me to a spectacular event. There were important names of the industry there. I got a little tense and decided to leave the venue after a while. I went to the subway and saw homeless people. I was there standing among them. I saw New York's two different faces in a single day. That contrast affected me a lot.

What do you do to spend time?
I love to watch movies. And to hang out with friends too, of course. Those are the things I do when I have time to chill.

What's your biggest regret?
Am I not too young to answer that!?! (laughs)

What are your plans for the rest of the season?
I've decided to go back to university. I have exams I need to take. And a fashion week at the beginning of the New Year awaits me. After that, I want to be with my family.

Everyone has an area of interest? What is yours?
Social life, TV shows, documentaries. I want to bring them together. At the moment, I study this and this is the job I plan to do in the future.

How does it feel like being in Istanbul?
This is my first time in Istanbul. I just arrived last night. As you can imagine, this is one of the worst part of this job. You do your work and fly off. I didn't yet have the chance to explore but as far as I can see, it has a very rich history. Now we're at a place which is the financial district. This is pretty modern. And I definitely have Istanbul in the top five cities I'd like to travel to.

Do you have any suggestions for the new faces of the industry?
I know this is very cliché, but just be yourself. They can experience conflicting feelings in this job. For example, if they are upset, they should do whatever that makes them happy. They shouldn't take it too seriously.