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Andrija Bikic top model

"I was looking to leave the country in every possible way, and modeling was the first thing that I tried..."


"My modeling career started several years before I came to  Milan to try out the big scene. I have done fashion weeks in Belgrade,  Athens, Bangkok..."



"Living and Being Alive are not same things. I need things to be  intense..."

AGENCY: WILHELMINA, NYC


Interview by Edo Q
2011 CoverMen Mag!
February, 2011

-Hello Andrija, I'm flattered you accepted to be interviewed for my online mag, to start this interview off, please give me some background information.               Andrija Bikic top model   

I was born in Serbia, in the city of Belgrade. I have grown up in Zemun, one of the Belgrade borough. I have a twin brother, Ivan, and an older sister Nevena with whom I lived in the same apartment until I started to travel for modeling at the age of 21 years. I studied at School of Business in Belgrade.


-How did you start your career as a model? Who convinced you to  become a model?

At that time, Serbia was non-democratic country under the influence of one dictator, a country that was surrounded by war and economic crisis and  I haven't seen myself there anymore. I was looking to leave the country in every possible way, and modeling was the first thing that I tried, and luckily, it worked. At that time I didn't have big ambition in it was just a chance to travel a world a bit and to grab some other opportunity, but during the time I have realised my potential to do it professionally. Coincidently, my first neighbor was the owner of the biggest modeling agency in the country. Through his agency I had my first modeling experience doing fashion shows, magazine and catalog shoots, but I gained my biggest experience in Asian countries, and then I tried the "big scene" in Europe.

Andrija Bikic top model

-Do you remember your first photo shoot?  Who was the photographer  and did you feel comfortable in front of his camera?

Yes I do. I was 19 years old, I showed up where they had told me to go  and  I tried to do what I was told, completely ignorant about fashion  business. I had a hard time to find out which way things work and I paid on my skin  all mistakes. Later I gave all the good tips and information to other new upcoming models, and  I thought  it would have been good if someone had given me good advice.


-Which fashion designer was your  first  fashion show for? What were you thinking during it?

My modeling career started several years before I came to  Milan to try out the big scene. I have done fashion weeks in Belgrade,  Athens, Bangkok, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapour etc, and over there have done hundreds of fashion shows for so many designers and today its  interesting to go through my book, with list of names, dates of all  fashion shows that I have done in my long career. My major success in  fashion was with Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Bottega Veneta, John Galliano, Salvatore Ferragamo, Givency, Paul Smith and many other  fashion shows in Milan and Paris.


 -I know it's a very special moment for your career, can you share  with me some of your recent and upcoming projects?                                                          Andrija Bikic top model

Those days I am in my early 30s, and I am more interested in working online and catalogs for big departments stores in United States, that  bring constant work and less traveling around. In Europe I have done some fashion campaigns for Strellson, Bugatti and few other clients  from England and Germany.


 -In terms of preferences, do you like to do photo-shoots for editorials and campaigns or do you enjoy doing the fashion shows more?

It changed as the years was passing on and as I was staying more in the business. At the beginning I liked doing fashion shows more, but  today I find it awkward as I think that is more what younger guys  should do. As you stay more in  business, you start to look it more trough the money, and fashion shows are mostly for promotion. I like doing fashion shoots now, they can take less time and they are better paid. The only true thing that I enjoy right now is doing photo shoots on tropical destinations.


-Apart from modeling, what else do you enjoy doing?

I am big fan of motorcycles, and I enjoy riding around New York, or doing a small trips around. Basketball and soccer are two sports that are always present in my life, and I enjoy playing it with friends  twice a week. Beside modeling I work as a videographer, and am developing  my new career in that direction.


-I guess you've traveled around the world, where you would like to live other than where you do now?                                                                                          Andrija Bikic top model

My home town, Belgrade, is always present in my heart. Somehow, my heart will make me return one day at the place where I have started, where  most of my friends and  family are. I am planning to establish family  in New York, and to spend there 3-5 years more, and then I will see where the life will take me. I would like to live on warmer place that's for sure.


 -Do you have a personal motto, that sums up your thoughts about  life in a sentence?

Living and Being Alive are not same things. I need things to be  intense, because they would be boring to death if they weren't so.


 -What  has been "the best day of your life" so far? What happened that  day?

I have found out that I will be father. From modeling part was booking my first campaign that I knew that it would send me where I wanted to be.


 -Thanks Anndrija for taking your time to answer my questions, it was a  gift to me and my readers!
 


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