New faces rock, Episode 70: Frederik Meijnen
26 jun, 2013
Hello, my name is Frederik Meijnen, 22 years old and son off Vivianne Hoeyberghs and Roger Meijnen.
My mother graduated from art school and then followed a career in printed matter. She’s a very colourfull and creative person. She often amazed me with her sketches and ideas. The blonde hair I got from my mother if you wanna know.
My dad now works at the greenservice of the local goverement but graduated as an sports teacher which he used to teach alot. Always active and energetic he thaught me principles how to swim and train, showed me the beaty of nature and handwork.
I live at home with 3 brothers who are all older then me (Marnik 22, Fillip 28, Dominique 30) and a little baby sister Rebecca age 21 and we all share the respect and love for animals. Living in a small village typicaly there will be a lot of nature and so is the case here, surrounded by trees I find my nearest neighbor 300 meters away. So the woods are like a giant playground for me and my dogs.
My interests mainly go into B boying, which has been my passion since my 19th when I was taught by B boy Aurara (Fabrizio Ginissi). I was amazed at that legwork the way he rocked the beat. I never saw anyone dance like that. Just enjoying the sounds and expressing them through your own mind, your own style your own moves. From then on my culture started to grow, so much it’s almost like Hip Hop became a second mother to me and showed me how people today still have love for each other even if they don’t know each other.
I also exercise freestyle basketball, beatboxing, mountain biking, kayaking, surfing and I like to practise with my long bow. Adventuring is what I like to do most! Besides playtime I teach about 40 Kids how to dance 3 times a week also me and others cooperate with the local authority to host events or actions to get the youth together and outdoors and make something of there dreams as a singer or graffiti artist or Deejay etc. by doing it on a wall or for a crowd or just having a really good time seeing and hearing beautiful things.
Modeling; Prada, Vogue, Topman….
In January 2012 I was spotted on the streets of Antwerp when I was shopping there with my girlfriend and friend. I suddenly was approached by a fellow named JD. He asked me if I was interested in modeling? After a little shock I didn’t really know what to say and my friends said ‘hey man just give it a try’. So I thougt why not? After 5 years of contruction work it might be good to see on other side of life.
So then I was very busy working during the week while also training and combining modeling. The first test shoot I did with Ruben Thomas in Brussels just after that I went off to Milan to do the Prada show, which was my first real experience with high fashion. Since then I did Calvin klein shot for magazines Arena homme +, Elle, Vogue, Topman (UK) where I met some really interesting and skilled individuals. Saw awesome scenery and especially how they make magic for people to see.
The best thing for me is definitely traveling across the globe seeing beautiful scenery and different nature, meeting other people. making new connections and friends. Think it’s the most awesome job in the world!
Posing to photographers
When I work with a photographer I take it serious, but I also appreciate a little humor to balance things out. If I’m at the set, I try to imagine what´s on photographer´s mind, along with the stylist, to get the best result,
The catwalks, the funny backstages
When I´m walking I think of something I´m proud of, so I can walk with confidence.
Once, just after the show, me and a couple of other models took an elevator downstairs and this was our first non press moment and everybody was quiet. Then a model said: Damn, that was better then sex! And somebody replied: I don’t know what kind of sex you have, but uhm no! And everbody in the elevator laughed.
As I told u previously, I´ve walked for Prada (my first catwalk ever). I got dressed some awesome clothes. I´ve also walked for Olivier Rizzo (he got a really cool style of his own and he’s such a nice guy). I’m not saying that
because he’s from the same country as me. He really does a perfect outfit to fit the model. And Muccia Prada has build up so much. She can be proud of herself. A lot of respect to these people!
Male models x Female models: who rule this business?
Women definitely rule this business, because women are the main consumer of fashion, beauty care products and magazines.
I really don’t have any modeling idols. To be honest, just a lot of respect to people who can pull this off.
When I’m not modeling, you’ll probably find me with some sneakers, jeans or trainers, t-shirt, a cap and if the laundry is all done. I’ll maybe match some items, but don’t expect to much from me.
Imagine u a famous model surrounded by a huge crowd!
If I would find myself for a big crowd I would just begin breakin the floor like a mad man then they at least would have some entertainment
Atracting someone´s attention
If I wanna attract someone’s attention I´d start a conversation with them
Having fun, enjoying life
My way to have fun is to let things come as they are and enjoy every moment to the fullest and here a lot of instruments
Craziest thing in a summer time season
The craziest thing I did in the summer was using a skateboard without wheels tied to my feet to glide down a hill besides a freeway
Fav underwear for daily activities and for those cool sexy moments
With my batman underwear on, you better not step in my way
In his IPOD
My fav artist is KRS-ONE, without a doubt, the most intelligent hardcore and truthfull MC who, still after all these years, keeps inspiring a new generation with his unquestionable wisdom. KRS for president! And James Brown, who invented the word Flavour.
If you could have a super power what would it be? Who’s your favorite superhero?
If I had a super power, it would be to fly. My fav hero is Iron man.
My fav food is scampi’s with my mom’s special home made vegetable sauce.
It is sometimes buying new equipment I don’t need immediately
If u weren´t a model, u´d be…
I´d be dancing on the construction yard!
The Modeling projects
For now, I’m looking out to go to Asia for the fashion week cuz I quit my job as electrician to become a full model
Live free. keep positive and never give up! Ever!!
And when u´ll come to my world bud?
I’m coming to your world when you finish setting up the dance jam on the streets of Rio de Janero. So i hope that’s soon. Wish me luck
Mother Agency: Ulla Models http://www.ullamodels.com/