THE RISING SON. Paolo Anchisi could be one of the few who are simply model material by nature. But more than just good looks, the son of famed ’80s supermodel Lynn Koester exudes confidence and alluring zeal when rapping about the future
Shirt by Paul Smith
Some models model on account of their looks, and others personality. Paolo Anchisi is a rare exception to the norm. Perhaps partly due to his supermodel mother, the 24-year-old Italian is blessed with lanky limbs, a statuesque physique and handsome European looks. Yet, closer inspection and a quick chat immediately reveal that the runway and editorial model does not kid around when doing his job. He loves modeling and is totally serious about it, which has landed him in plenty of high-profile campaigns—from H&M and Zara to Ermenegildo Zegna Couture and Dolce & Gabbana—since taking up the profession at the age of 18. Just like Lucky Blue Smith, it was no other than celebrated designer Hedi Slimane who discovered his talent. And, as they say, the rest is history.
DA MAN: Hi Paolo, what are you currently busy working on?
Paolo Anchisi: Well, I just got back to NYC, and excited to be working on my first profile with DA MAN—nice way to start 2016!
DA MAN: All in all, how’s 2016 shaping up for you so far?
Paolo Anchisi: 2016 is going to be great! Been working on getting in the best shape of my life, getting away from the young skinny kid business and transitioning my business to the next step. We have goals and a plan in place with my team at Ford Models, and looking forward to this next chapter in my career.
DA MAN: Unlike many male models out there, you don’t seem to be active on social media. Any reason why?
Paolo Anchisi: Yes, I just like to get away from all that since I’m around it pretty much all the time because of the nature of the business. It can get to be too much really quick. Also, sometimes it’s nice to keep things a mystery.
DA MAN: Speaking of the business, what’s your ultimate goal in modeling?
Paolo Anchisi: Ultimately, I want to keep working with the great artists and brands whom I have been lucky to be working for, build new relationships within the business, continue to create great timeless and iconic images, and make my mark or create a big enough impact on the fashion industry. Keep the family legacy going. [Chuckles]
Outfit by Salvatore Ferragamo
DA MAN: Many say that you’ve got good genes and that’s why you model. What do you say to that?
Paolo Anchisi: I can’t argue with that. I do have beautiful parents, which I am very fortunate and thankful for.
DA MAN: In what ways would you say that modeling is a difficult job? And on the flip side, can you say that it’s also an easy line of work?
Paolo Anchisi: I feel the difficulty factor comes into play when dealing with trying to organize a proper schedule. You have to be able to drop everything at a moment’s notice and jump on a plane and head to a booking. But at the same time, that is what makes the job exciting. You never know what will happen each day. The easy side of the job is just showing up on set, being able to have fun during a shoot, working with all these creative people and being part of their artistic process.
DA MAN: You started out modeling for the first time with Hedi Slimane. Have you ever done another shoot with the designer?
Paolo Anchisi: Not yet, but I would love to have another opportunity to shoot with Hedi. I have a different perspective now that I have grown so much since the first time I was able to work with him. He gave me my start, and I will always be thankful.
DA MAN: If you had an unlimited budget to do a dream photo shoot and select all the people yourself, whom would you pick?
Paolo Anchisi: My mother worked quite often with Peter Lindbergh; we have those prints all around the house and I have been looking at them since birth. I would love to have the opportunity to work with Mr. Lindbergh and create similarly iconic photos with him as well.
DA MAN: Has being a model sort of allowed you to know your mother better?
Paolo Anchisi: We’ve always been really close, actually, but it’s nice to be able to relate and discuss things about the industry.
DA MAN: You often travel for work. Is there any place that you really want to visit that you haven’t been able to go to yet?
Paolo Anchisi: It really depends, as there are many places that I want to visit for many different reasons. Fortunately, thanks to my father’s business I am able to see many places all over the world and able to do it in first-class status through his travel company, Escape2Shape.
DA MAN: You spent your childhood in Italy and later on in the U.S. So, where is home to you?
Paolo Anchisi: Everywhere I’ve lived has provided me with experiences that make them each feel a little bit like home, but Italy will always be home base.
Polo shirt by Etro
DA MAN: Besides modeling, what do you do?
Paolo Anchisi: I usually like to be outdoors. I do a lot of hiking and kayaking, and even some motocross as long as the agency doesn’t know. Ha! [Winks]
DA MAN: Do you see yourself still modeling, say, ten years from now?
Paolo Anchisi: Yes, for sure, I’ll always want to keep that door open, but at the same time, I will most definitely probably be doing other projects as well.
DA MAN: Tell us one good quote that you always carry in your head.
Paolo Anchisi: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit,” by Aristotle.
To see more images from this shoot, get a copy of DA MAN Style spring/summer 2016 here. And check out these outtakes below!
Photography Mitchell Nguyen McCormack
Styling Alexa Rangroummith Green
Grooming Lisa-Raquel at SEE Management for R&Co
Styling assistant Shyan Ranje
Location YOTEL New York (www.yotel.com/en/hotels/yotel-new-york)
Model Paolo Anchisi/Ford Models