by Edo Q ©
Simon, I'm really flattered you accepted to be interviewed
for CoverMen Mag!, to start this interview off, please
give me some background information.
was born on Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada,
to parents Ron Nessman and Carolyn Ireland. I
am the youngest of four children, with older brothers
Tom and Jake, and my sister Liza. I graduated from Georges
P. Vanier Secondary in June 2007 and moved to New York
to pursue my modeling career. Today my home base is
in Brooklyn, NY. I spend my time working and taking
classes at Hunter College, and getting out to Long Island
to surf whenever I can.
-Let's look back
at how you started modeling, tell me about how you got
I was discovered
by a girl from my home town, Sophie Cottini. She set
me up with Mode Models International and everything
took off from there.
did you get your first modeling job and what was it
Shortly after being discovered I was
placed with Jason Kanner in New York. On my first
trip to the city I shot an editorial for Vman with
Hedi Slimane. I was feeling out of my comfort zone as
another model and I were playing basketball in our underwear.
Fortunately Hedi is an amazing artist and the story
-In your opinion, which
campaign marked the beginning of "a new level"
in your career and made you one of the most successful
Givenchy was probably the campaign
that solidified my place in the industry as a high fashion
-What kind of assignments,
as a model, do you prefer?
Well I would be
lying if I said I was not in the industry for the money,
so I guess my answer is advertising.
has been the funniest job that you have done as a model
I cannot think of my funniest job,
but the most fun I have had on a job was after
a D&G shoot in Switzerland.
you have a personal motto that sums up your thoughts
about life in a sentence?
Ride the wave.
do you hang out with? Do you have any friends among
male and female models?
I live in a
house with my girlfriend Gillian Staples, and friends
Taylor Fuchs and Larry Stiers who are also models. Other
good friends of mine in NY are Ryan Clark and up and
coming artist Andrew Birk. Back home most of my
time is spent with old friends Myles Lohman and Andrew
-I know you've been traveling around
the world, where you would like to live other than where
you do now?
I have been traveling around
the world, but unfortunately the majority of my time
has been spent in cities which conflicts a little bit
with my personality. At some point I would like to live
in close proximity to nature, and the most beautiful
place I have visited so far is the west coast of Vancouver
-Thanks Simon for your time, it
has been a gift to my readers and myself!