Bart van Maanen: “The adrenaline you get from walking the catwalk is the best thing about this work. It is really an experience!”.

15 jun, 2012

I love being in new places! Experience new countries, cities and people! I’m Bart van Maanen from the Netherlands, born in a city in the south of Holland called Breda.

In Breda I followed and finished also my University. I did International Leisure Management on the University of Applied Sciences. I graduated specialized in Marketing and Branding.

Sports is one of my favorite thing to do. I did athletics and cycling in the past but now I’m traveling so much I only go to the gym and sometimes run around the city i’m in.

How did he get discovered and the best thing about modeling

I got discovered on a fashion event that i was attending for my studies. I went to Milan for a couple months to see what modeling was like. I really liked it but went back to the Netherlands and finished my university.

The first test shoot and job is already a long time ago, but i can remember that it was difficult because i didn’t know what to do at all!

So far i really enjoy the traveling and exploring new cities. Also meeting interesting people and making new good friends is a big thing that i like about modeling.

Working with photographers: posed naked already?

Working with a photographer is always learning new things! The teamwork of making a great shot together is what I like. I really like the fact that you are both artists who are making a new peace of art together. I don’t have a special preparation, i’m only doing some research what the photographer did, and what his style is. I will concentrate myself before going in.

Yes, I´ve posed naked twice, but it was really artistic nudity, so I think that is not really naked. I see a big difference between art nudity and naked. But I will do artistic nude pictures for a famous fashion campaign.

Some unusual backstage stories? What is not unusual in this business ;) hehe! No, I really don’t have a special story about backstage that comes to mind at the moment. But you will see the weirdest things backstage at fashion shows i think!  Vivienne Westwood and Emporio Armani where shows that i really enjoyed.   Male models x Female models

In a way female models are still getting more exposure than man I think. Not that it is a big problem, but I think that there is still a difference. maybe unfairly. Brand maybe have to use more often male models.

The catwalks experiences: adrenaline!

The adrenaline you get from walking the catwalk is the best thing about this work. It is really an experience! So many eyes on the clothing and you. I did shows for Emporio Armani, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Ermanno Scervino….

The cool backstage thinks are already drinking champagne before the show even was a success!

A fashionisto?  

 Yes, in a way I’m a fashionisto. I was already interested in fashion before I become a model. I like to follow the trends and to dress my own style.

I really like that people can see in what business I’m working! I see the newest trend so i use them woven in my own style. I always want to feel comfortable, i also think that is one of the most important things that people have to know, wear what you like, where what you feel comfortable in, than you will shine and people see that you are confident

Imagine u a famous model surrounded by a huge crowd!

I would make the biggest party out of it! With positive energy you can get everyone to a higher level.

Back in the days i did it once before. I was a tour guide in Budapest for 70 students of my own university and on the first night out my friend told everybody that it was my birthday and that we really had to celebrate! Everybody got wild and everybody was in the best mood!

Show biz, fame, success…

The show business is really interesting because you can sell shit if you are really good. It is all about marketing and branding, how to sell it to the world. But there is also a ‘real’ part in it, people know when you are playing a game and if you listen to your heard it is hard to play a game all the time. it is impossible to be somebody else all the time. So fame and especially success is for me being happy with what i’m doing and being myself. Give love and energy to the people you meet.

Dating X Love:

Being faithful. Try not to seek anything further when you have the best


I like team sports. And i really think it is the best to work out only with your own body weight.

Atracting someone´s attention

Being really open and honest about what i think.

Enjoying life, having fun

Parties in summertimes are always the best.

Fav food

I love coconuts, bananas, fruit and vegetables. Healthy food i like the most.

If you weren´t a model u´d be…

I’d own a bar on a beach


The sky is the limit.

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