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

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Paolo An­chisi, the son of su­per­model Lynn Koester, could be one of the few who are sim­ply model ma­te­rial by na­ture. Pho­to­graphs by Mitchell

Nguyen McCor­mack

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 high­pro­file 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: All in all, how’s 2016 shap­ing up for you so far?

PA: 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: Un­like many male mod­els out there, you don’t seem to be ac­tive on so­cial me­dia. Any rea­son why?

PA: 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: Speak­ing of the busi­ness, what’s your ul­ti­mate goal in model­ing?

PA: 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]

DA: Many say that you’ve got good genes and that’s why you model. What do you say to that?

PA: I can’t ar­gue with that. I do have beau­ti­ful par­ents, which I am very for­tu­nate and thank­ful for.

DA: 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?

PA: 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.

“MY MOTHER WORKED QUITE OF­TEN WITH PETER LIND­BERGH. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE OP­POR­TU­NITY TO WORK WITH HIM AND CRE­ATE ICONIC PHO­TOS AS WELL”

DA: You started out model­ing for the first time with Hedi Sli­mane. Have you ever done another shoot with the de­signer?

PA: 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: If you had an un­lim­ited bud­get to do a dream photo shoot and select all the peo­ple your­self, whom would you pick?

PA: 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: Has be­ing a model sort of al­lowed you to know your mother bet­ter?

PA: We’ve al­ways been re­ally close, ac­tu­ally, but it’s nice to be able to re­late and dis­cuss things about the in­dus­try.

DA: 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?

PA: 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: You spent your child­hood in Italy and later on in the U.S. So, where is home to you?

PA: 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.

DA: Be­sides model­ing, what do you do?

PA: 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: Do you see your­self still model­ing, say, ten years from now?

PA: 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: Tell us one good quote that you al­ways carry in your head.

PA: “We are what we re­peat­edly do. Ex­cel­lence then is not an act but a habit,” by Aris­to­tle.

“I USU­ALLY LIKE TO BE OUT­DOORS. I DO A LOT Of HIK­ING AND KAYAK­ING, AND EVEN SOME MO­TOCROSS”

“YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DROP EV­ERY­THING AT A MO­MENT’s NO­TICE AND JUMP On A PLANE AND HEAD TO A BOOK­ING, BUT THAT Is WHAT MAKEs MODEL­ING EX­CIT­ING”

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