Dutch model Rinus Johannes: “Runways are fun as I am a performance type of person”
21 nov, 2010
My name is Rinus Johannes, I was born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. My personal interests are reading, yoga, martial arts, visual arts, graffiti, , cinema, traveling, meeting interesting people, vintage scooters, etc.
In Amsterdam, inside the fashion week pavillion
There were several approaches from photographers and scouts during my teenage years, but the first time I considered it was when Tony Jones approached me in Amsterdam and
invited me to become a model. At the time I didn’t really know what to make of it because I was in school, but later, working part time serving food inside the fashion week pavillion, a fashion photographer approached me again to do a test shoot and that’s when things started rolling, I guess I was a bit more mature at 19. I love modeling, I love posing for pictures, I am passionate about it. So the best thing about modeling is the actual work, the moment of making it happen.
Working with photographers: creating what´s in their imagination to capture the perfect moment
The whole dynamic of trying to follow his/her mind and trying to create what is in their imagination so they can capture the right moment. Making together a formula that will succeed. As to preparing myself to work with a photographer, usually I like to go to bed early the night before whenever possible, to clear my mind completely from the problems and daily distractions so I can create the space inside my mind for the concept ahead of me.
Recently I was doing a shoot for 2(X)ist underwear inside of an old cemetery in the south of Italy, that was quite unusual. There has been a couple of occasions that I had to shoot in underwear and look sexy under the temperature of -12C outdoor and that was a real challenge. Once I was a corpse and had to be buried in a ditch like I was a dead body. I was also dangling from a rope few stores high and that was a bit strange also.
The catwalks: he´s a performance type of person
Runways are fun as I am a performance type of person. Designers I like are G-Star, Levi’s, Sisley, Hugo, Ki Korpo, 2 (X)ist, Alexandre Herchcovitch, D&G, Armani, Valentino, Tom Ford, etc
In a way yes, I like to dress trendy but I don’t compromise comfort. Style for me is to be confident enough to be able to feel well and look well in whatever I am wearing.
Imagime u a famous models surrounded by a huge crowd!
I would simply smile to the crowd and shake hands and exchange a few words and try to pass my real personality as much as possible to the fans and thank everyone for their support.
Human Rights, Freedom of Speech, Wars and Sexual behavior
I have been fortunate enough to grow up in a country that is a pioneer in human rights, I have learned from early that all humans, regardless of the gender, sexual inclinations, color of the skin, nationality, social and economic situation in life should not be a reason for discrimination. I fully endorse that and try as much as I can to live by it. Unfortunately that is not so in many nations. Humans rights should be made universal so people no longer have to suffer in religious and political dictatorships.
Freedon of speech goes without saying but there are delicate issues on the subject. What if people are trying to propagate Nazi propaganda? How should that be treated? On the other hand, there are many nations that people are not allowed to speak freely, this situation will have to change eventually but we have to keep fighting for this to happen. There are also nations that are apparently free however because conservative religious morals people hold how they feel consequently how they express themselves and that is not really freedom either. All that has to change.
Fame, Success and 5 most important things for his life
In a way fashion is show business, I like the factory of dreams in motion I think it can be put to good use. Fame and success are nice, but they are like everything else in this lifetime, temporary so one should not hold themselves to it.
5 most important things for me
# 1- Balance of my mind because that is what keeps me healthy, without balance of the mind, I have no balance anywhere or with anything
# 2- Health: I cannot imagine being without it, that’s why I don’t do excesses like drugs, lots of drinking, smoking. That’s why I try to eat as healthy as I can
# 3 – Family, because that’s the foundation that I had in order to go into the world and shape me into the person I am now
# 4- Love, because it keeps everything together. When love goes strength tends to go with it
# 5- My cats, Samba and Teva. They are my family, they live with me, sleep with me and spend a lot of the time I am home, reminding me that I have to be a loving person because they demand lots of love from me.
Dating X Love: I like going to parties meeting new girls, talking, seeing how things go from there. That’s part of having fun, healthy interaction between people. Love is something that grows and matures and that’s something that has to be within us, personally in order to be able to give to others.
Sports: I have been called to be a bit on the aggressive side, I have a hard time loosing so I tend to push myself to the limits when I am practicing sports.
Atracting someone´s attention: I show my true personality, try to turn on a bit of charm, a bit of being funny, that usually works. I think when someone is a natural good disposition, being natural is always a plus.
Having fun: I usually go to parties with my old friends when I am back home, going dancing, I like surfing, snowboarding, walking through the crowds in my city, browsing the streets, boating through the canals of amsterdam, playing video games, etc.
The craziest (nastiest?) thing he´s ever done in a summer time season: wrote a graffiti in one of the subway stations of Amsterdam
Fav body part and his secret to be a in a good shape: I like the dimples above a woman’s butt! I think it is really a catcher. Beautiful breasts are like poetry. To stay in shape is a lifestyle, eating healthy, being physically active and having a positive attitude towards life are the most important things.
Fav undies for his daily activities and for those coooool sexy moments (lol!): For my daily activities I tend to wear Microfibers with no stitching to it. For the sexy cool moments I like 2(X)ist now, but I do have a few others that I like as well. Always in white or light colors as it has to do more with my personality.
Fav singer and which music he listens in his IPOD: I tend to go through phases. Now one of my favorite bands is R.E.M other than that, I listen to a lot of rap and nowadays, Varied performers.
Fav food: Japanese is by far my favorite, then Italian. Brazilian cuisine is always a winner!
The Modeling Projects
I just did the Ki Korpo campaign (as you see in some pics posted in this interview) in a couple of islands off the coast of Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro. It was shot by famous Felix Dasilva and the other model in the campaign is Brazilian rose Loris Kraemerh, the billboards are already all over Rio and the catalogue looks amazing!
An unforgettable moment
Difficult to point out, there are many that I would like to share
Motto: “Love, health and prosperity. Always”
World of Models rocks! pics by the photographer Felix Dasilva http://www.felixdasilva.com/