Danish men are among the most good looking male species humanity has produced. It’s no wonder fresh-faced model Mads Lynge Gjoerup is making waves in Europe and in Asia. Tall, charming and gifted with a ridiculously good bone-structure, Mads has all the making of a future top model.
We sat with him in between his Paris shows to know more about his plans and what he had to say about modeling so far.
ACE: How did you get started in modeling?
Mads: I submitted a few snaps to my mother agency, Diva Models in Denmark and a few weeks later I had my very first castings in Paris.
ACE: What do you think is your best (physical) asset?
Mads: If you can define the mind as a physical asset then that would probably be it.
ACE: What’s a typical day for you as a model?
Mads: People who know a little bit about this industry would know that models don’t do photo shoots or catwalks everyday. Most of the time is spent walking around looking for castings. During fashion weeks a typical day for me would be to rush around in a city trying to make it to about 15 castings. During off-season when I only have a few castings per day, I usually spend a lot of time playing guitar in random parks.
ACE: What do you think is the biggest misconception of people about models?
Mads: There are so many, but just to mention a few – that models should be prettier than others, that models are getting the same fame as rockstars and that models should be more confident than others.
ACE: What’s your best modeling experience so far?
Mads: My debut in Milan SS14 walking for John Varvatos to some of my favorite songs. The Thom Browne show in Paris AW14 is also among my best experiences as well.
ACE: What’s your worst modeling experience?
Mads: My 2 weeks stay in Hong Kong. I do like the city a lot, but waking up to the sight of an appartment filled up with models taking drugs every morning made me feel like I just wanted to get away asap. A funnier example (yet terrible experience) was when I did a show for graduation students. The music was awkward, so I was at that point, almost giggling while walking for all of my 3 outfits.
ACE: What’s your advice to those who want to be a model?
Mads: Be yourself. It is a cliché but there is a reason for that. Those models who succeed are always the ones who just accept who they are. Of course I criticise myself at some points, but the longer I´ve been in this career the more confident I got. And it pays off! For the other day I had a nude shoot, which I could never had done if I was insecure about myself.
ACE: What’s your plan 5 years from now?
Mads: I am a full-time model, but I am really passionate with playing music, and I will also be studying Psychology and Communications in Copenhagen from this summer, I will probably will try to juggle between those 3 things as much as I can.
ACE: Among the places you lived and worked in, what is your favorite city so far?
Mads: I´ve wored in so many different cities, but there is no doubt, Paris will always will be my favorite. This city has everything that I love and every week I can at least find 1 concert that I want to attend to. Seoul is on my toplist as well, mainly because of the food
ACE: What other city do you want to work and live in as a model?
Mads: After the upcoming fashion weeks in Milan and Paris I will be meeting agencies from London and New York. I hope that I´ll get signed as I really want to go to both cities.
ACE: What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned from modeling?
Mads: I learned that personality and the way you interact with people is way more important than beauty. This way of thinking has both gained me a lot as a model, and in my personal life as well.
You can follow Mads in instagram @madslyngeg
Mads is represented by M Management in Paris, Diva in Denmark, Elite and Modellink in Sweden, and 2morrow in Italy.