Model of the Month: Joe Essig of CENTRO
Centro model and Des Peres native Joe Essig has gone international with his recent involvement in Milan Fashion Week, making his official debut on the Italian runway for both DAKS and Corneliani. The green-eyed 18-year-old has come a long way since he was discovered by a local talent scout two years ago, and his MFW involvement was an excellent conversation starter when he recently opened up about his experiences in the world of modeling.
How were you discovered? I was lucky that the mom of a close friend of mine was a talent scout for Centro, so she submitted pictures and got the process started.
What was your first modeling job? I’m pretty sure it was the GLOW fashion show during Saint Louis Fashion Week in the City Museum a couple years ago.
What’s your favorite modeling moment so far? The best moment was being on a hotel deck overlooking the Duomo while hanging out with the other Ford guys in Milan for fashion week. It was so surreal.
What’s your favorite part about being a model? Definitely the travel and characters I meet along the way.
Are there any downsides? There is very little-to-no control over what jobs you get, so the business can seem pretty arbitrary and unforgiving. It has to be that way to work efficiently, but it can be frustrating.
Describe your personal style. My style hovers around the minimalistic, classic look of the fifties with some thrift store grunge, black boots, and 80’s patterns and colors. I don’t really know if it works… but I just wear things that I think look cool.
What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling? I’m actually focused mostly on acting, so the majority of my time in high school was spent in class or in rehearsal for shows. I wish I had more time to live in New York or Milan to work.
Who is your icon/model inspiration? Paul Newman or Marlon Brando
Tell us something with which you are currently obsessed. I just got a new acoustic guitar, and have had trouble putting it down lately. It sounds so pretty.
What’s next for you? I leave in a few days to start my freshman year at Carnegie Mellon, where I will be studying four years at the drama conservatory. I cannot wait to leave for school!