Raphael Bouman @raphael_bouman photographed by Laura van den Hengel @lauravandenhengel for this exclusive interview for Vanity Teen online and The Lonely Avocado. Check out part two of the interview over at Thelonelyavocado.com
Q) If you had to explain who you were in a few sentences what would you describe yourself?
A) I’m an active boy always looking for new opportunities; I love tennis, fitness training, and water sports. I like to get prepared for my future by attending catwalk training, modeling training, and acting courses. My goal is to be among the world’s top models.
Q) What fashion brands or designers would you say inspire you the most and why?
A) Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s creative director. Ten years ago he worked as an assistant at Cavalli by beliefs in his self he gives the best of himself and now is he doing his own things. With a good attitude, you can achieve everything nothing is impossible
Q) What would you name as one of your favorite parts about the fashion industry that keeps you motivated to keep working hard?
A) The ability to inspire people. As long as they continue to inspire me, I will have fun in my work; I could go on endlessly.
Q) Who is currently in the top of your playlist and keeping you inspired?
A) Juice World inspires me because he always says that you just have to go for it and that you have to work hard for what you want. And his music sounds good.
Q) Do you have a main goal in mind with your modeling or are you more fluid and allowing things to fall into place more naturally?
A) My goal is to run many fashion shows for different brands. Such as Balmain, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci.
Q) The world is in a tough place right now, what is one thing you hope for 2021 to bring to us all?
A) That everyone is safe and healthy. And that all shops, restaurants, cinemas can open again soon. Hopefully, everyone can work normally and that we can all hug everyone again.