Hi I am Nico. I grew up in Italy, became an adult in the UK and I somehow still want to do way too many things in my life.
How long have you been modelling for?
I have never really “modelled modelled”. In the past I posed a few times for friends who worked as fashion photographers or stylists…that’s it, really.
Tell us about where you are from?
I was born in Milan and raised in its northern outskirts. Nothing pretty about concrete and suburban abandonment, but it teaches you to see things and life with a different perspective.
What inspired you to become a model?
I think everything started from a very silly and simple fantasy. I kept stumbling upon great fashion films and I kind of had the thought to myself that it would be really fun if in the future I would be able to both make such films and be in front of the camera. In addition to that, a lot of my friends kept telling me to at least try…you need that push sometimes.
What do you study or what do you want to study//What other jobs do you have apart from modelling?
I studied History of Art, Design and Film in London. I moved closer and closer to the world of film and that is what I am trying to do now: making images move. I also work in the film festival world. I have mixed feelings about it, especially as someone that used to have an idealistic view on cinema – but I get to see a lot of good films so…
Favourite city or place in the world and why?
Oof. I am really bad at “what’s your favourite” questions..Let me think. I fell in love with Athens when I stayed there last summer. Amazing charm and its people do live their own city. They embrace it: the energy is eternal.
I didn’t get to see a lot of the world outside of Europe, but I still hold Osaka close to my heart. Crazy place.
What characteristics do you value most in people?
intelligence, kindness, humour.
All-time favourite TV show or movie?
aaah…TV show: I would go for The Wire, just because it is borderline impossible to make such a complex and flawless show. But if I feel down, The Office US or Curb your Enthusiasm never fail to make me laugh.
Favourite Movie? Too tough I can’t pick one!
What are you currently watching on Netflix? Or which TV show are you enjoying at the moment?
I just finished watching Top Boy. Amazing and authentic show.
When do you find yourself singing//dancing?
Oh well, if you see me sing out of the blue in the morning, that usually means I have just remembered something embarrassing I did the night before.
I love dancing…whenever. I should dance more. Everybody should.
What do you believe makes a successful life?
I think any life that refuses to live with regrets is a life worth living.
Who is the most important person or influencer in your life, and why?
It’s either my Mom or my ex girlfriend Katja…wow, this is officially an Italian-emo answer.
Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations?
I am not scared to hold the reins and I am pretty good at managing groups of people – well, I think it is an essential trait especially when you want to be a director. But I also think it is equally important to know when to let other people take the stage: there is nothing more enriching than executing a good job together and everyone did their bit for it.
How do you spend a typical Saturday night?
Random night out with friends, gigs (the more DIY the better) or just relaxing, so that my energy level is up for Sunday morning clubbing, ha.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself happy with what I will have done, surrounded by good friends, and hopefully contributing in one way or another to improve this messed up world – starting from my neighbourhood.
I may have plagiarised this answer from miss Universe.
What does the perfect casual outfit consist of?
Summer time: slip-ons, slacks and tank top (maybe The Sopranos is my favourite show…)
Winter time: any random beat-down sweater and scruffy jeans, my grandpa’s old navy coat will always save the day.
What is your favourite band or songwriter & style of music? – Do you have a playlist you listen to and would like to share?
…I am squinting my eyes to think extra hard. Musically speaking, some of my heroes are Frank Zappa, Andre 3000, Nina Simone which probably shows that I don’t have a specific style at all – but I think nobody does these days right?
I have several playlists. They function as my notes, seeing as my memory is oh so bad and it is the only way to remember good songs. There’s one for Bail Funk, one for Jazz, one for latin American Folk, one for Grime and UK funk, one for Detroit techno, one for old R’n’B…I can continue!
Which historical figure would you most like to be and why?
Can Frank Zappa be a historical figure? Yes he can be. I admire him because he was using humour to deliver challenging ideas, combined with the highest and most skilled form of music composition. The world would be a better place if the people on it started taking themselves less seriously.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I watched R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet soap opera…just wow.
If you had to teach a subject, what would it be?
History, probably. Or pure mathematics, although I am really shit at maths. There’s something really beautiful about numbers and their artificial perfection.
The most important thing you learned from your parents
Be kind to people! No matter what.
Thank you for the talk Nico. All best for your future in the model industry.