Collen has packed his bags, said ‘orevwa’ to the Lewis Team for a few days and flew to Paris for a one to one Unfiltered Q&A…
This week’s model is not just a rising star but also someone who I have the pleasure to work with and call one of my friends. Even if you haven’t heard the name Jason Harderwijk, you’ve certainly seen him in every major fashion publication, situated side by side with the picture of Beyoncé’s first twins photo, in a Palomo Spain dress. Jason is playing in a different league to everyone else and with the help of Queen B is rising quickly to top model status.Of course being that I’ve known Jason for a while now, it was only right to meet him in person to discuss modelling, goals, and Queen Beyoncé. So I packed my bags, said ‘orevwa’ to the Lewis Team for a few days and flew to Paris for a one to one Unfiltered Q&A.
Hi Collen, Hi Lewis Magazine 😊
State your full name
Where are you from?
I’m from France but originally from French Guiana in South America.
How would you describe yourself?
Ambitious, a generous person and very friendly.
How did you get into modelling?
I was discovered a year ago on Instagram by a friend of mine. He’s a photographer for 7th Man Magazine, his name is Jean-Paul Pietrus.
What was your first modelling job?
My first job was for Wales Bonner London, I walked in her SS17 show.
How did you feel when Beyoncé wore your look from the Palomo Spain collection and your picture was beside hers on every major publication?
I mean it was unexpected. I saw so happy when I saw that picture but I didn’t realise it, because its Beyoncé! So it was really nice for me because Palomo the designer is also my friend so I was really happy to see Beyoncé wearing his designs. Beyoncé’s team also got in touch, I talked to her stylist who’s also her collaborator and it was like a big surprise for me to get in touch with her, and I was so happy to be in touch with her. Also as a model I didn’t know what to do when I saw that picture, I was the biggest picture on the year and I was seeing myself on every magazine website beside it.
Are there any brands you haven’t yet worked with that you’d like to?
Balmain, Valentino and Gucci
Is there a photographer you’d really like to work with?
I already worked with one of my favourites Mert & Marcus, so I would say Mario Testino.
What’s your favourite song at the moment?
Formation by Beyonce, of course ahah.
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Favourite thing to do when you’re not working?
Sleeping and watching TV ahah.
Where would you like to be in 5 years?
Of course like for every model, being a top model and being like the 15 top main males models. Being the top male would be great especially as a black one.
Last question, where can people keep up with you and find your new work?
On instagram @jason_harderwijk
Special Thanks to Rock Men Paris
Words by @collendemerez