Top Model Jacey Elthalion is Up for a New Challenge

Seasoned model Jacey Elthalion talks about the pacing of fashion weeks and segueing into acting.

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Having started his modeling career since early on—really early, as it turns out—Jacey Elthalion has quite an impressive résumé, peppered with names like Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood and so on. Now, the father of three looks to take another huge step forward into the world of acting. Bolstered by his extensive experience in front of the camera—which naturally includes plenty of video work— Elthalion feels more than ready to transform himself into a screen sensation.

DA MAN: Hi, Jacey; great to have you with us. How are you doing these days?
Jacey Elthalion:
I’m really well, thanks. Life is good. I’ve just turned 35 and have three amazing kids.

DA: One of your early standouts was Guess’ Fall/Winter 2008 campaign. Was that one your very first modeling gigs?
JE:
Guess came later in my career. I have actually been modelling with Select [Model Management] since I was 14. My first campaign was with Dries Van Noten.

DA: At the time, was modeling already your main focus or was it something you were still mulling over?
JE:
From the age of 11 I was working on a fruit and flower stall in South London. I never even thought about modelling.

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DA: What was it that eventually made you decide to become a professional model?
JE:
Money, travel, culture and meeting new people.

DA: What a lot of people often don’t realize is the role that modeling agencies play. Can you tell us a bit about how you got in touch with your first agency and what working with a modeling agency entails?
JE:
Select is like family to me, they never left me out in the cold. They shaped me into the man I am today. A good agency is integral with success.

DA: You’ve walked for brands like Vivienne Westwood, Giorgio Armani, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana and so on. What does it take to be noticed and selected by clients of this caliber for their shows?
JE:
A vibrant and energetic personality. Also, being confident and being yourself.

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DA: How does a typical day during a fashion show work out for you?
JE:
A fashion week day normally starts with an early wake up call. After a quick session in the gym and them I’m set up for the day. I love doing shows more than shoots sometimes; the energy is fast paced, a bit like myself.

DA: Of course, you did campaigns for, Guess, H&M, Louis Vuitton and many more. What goes through your mind when you see yourself on an ad or poster?
JE:
I get a little embarrassed sometimes seeing myself but it’s a great feeling and achievement.

DA: Several months ago, you posted the Brown Thomas video commercial to your Instagram account. What was it like working on that one?
JE:
Great fun. It was nice to finally put my talent to the test. I got on really well with the director as well—he’s great to work with.

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DA: Through the years, we’ve often talked to models who have or are trying to transition into acting. Is this something that you’ve ever considered?
JE:
I have always wanted to try acting but didn’t want to be a model/actor. I didn’t chase it unless it came to me. I’m thankful it did and now I got my heart set on it.

DA: Speaking of Instagram, though, how important is social media to your career?
JE:
I don’t look at myself as an Instagram influencer but as an international, professional model. Social media is a very large part of the industry now and I’m slowly working on it.

DA: All in all, though, what would you consider to be the most important—or most memorable—highlight of your modeling career?
JE:
The most memorable moment for me in my career was when I booked my first fragrance, because it was in the late ’90s—back then it was very big. It meant that other brands saw me and would put me in a higher caliber. Doing Ralph Lauren was a big changing point in my career.

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DA: Conversely, what would be your next goal? The next milestone you want to reach?
JE:
My next milestone would be to me become a successful actor and start another chapter in my life.

DA: When you’re not busy with shoots, shows and, well, work, what do you usually do to spend your time? What are you passionate about outside of work?
JE:
Outside of work I enjoy sports, spending time with my kids and making myself a better person for my family.

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PHOTOGRAPHY MITCHELL NGUYEN MCCORMACK
STYLING LISETTE MORA
GROOMING MICHAEL JANDA
MODEL JACEY ELTHALION / SELECT MODEL MANAGEMENT

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