Robert Jackson King III also known as RJ King (Request NY) was born in St. Louis Missouri and he was scouted at a store he was working in at the time. It wasn’t until January 2011 that he began to make a splash in the modeling scene. He began to get some recognition ever since his first debut in The NY Times T Magazine. From there on, he began to book more job and has been featured in many magazines, such as V Spain, VMAN, Essential Homme, 10 Men, Vogue Hommes Japan to name a few.

He has also walked for Rag & Bone, Dries Van Norten, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Mugler, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Kenzo and Acne. RJ is showing no sign of stopping and we’ll definitely be seeing a lot of him as he’s a force to be reckoned with.

Stats

Height: 6’1″ | 185cm
Waist: 31″ | 79cm
Shoe: 11 UK | 46 EU
Hair: Light Brown
Eyes: Brown

Interview

01 – Hi, RJ! How are you?

Shitty. JUST KIDDING.

02 – Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you were discovered?

I’m from St. Louis Missouri and I was scouted at a store that I was working in at the time.

03 – Do you prefer doing runway or editorial? Why?

I enjoy both. Editorial allows you to be more expressive and runway gives you such an adrenaline rush. I would probably say that I prefer runway only because I get to be with all of my friends.

04 – What do you like the most about fashion week?

Seeing everyone and the parties!

05 – What were you thoughts on modeling before you started?

The only thing that I had thought about was the fact that my sister was a model and that she hated it. I figured if the opportunity ever came up for me that I would give it a shot because I really love to travel.

06 – What were some of the feedbacks that you got when you first started modeling?

The first thing I did was an online editorial for New York Times: T Magazine and from there I went on to book a number of shows during NYFW. It all happened pretty quickly.

07 – Tell us three things that you like most about modeling?

Friends, travel and free stuff.

08 – What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?

In business school, hating life.

09 – What’s your favorite and least favorite feature about yourself?

I leave that for other people to answer.

10 – Describe a day in your life when you’re free.

Sleeping, hanging out in the agency and eating!!!!!

11 – Do you think it’s hard to work in the modeling industry, especially for male models? Would you say there’s a strong competition going on?

It’s hard in the sense that you have to wait your turn and that it’s not always so glamorous. I guess there is competition between some guys, but my friends and I aren’t like that.

12 – Can you tell us something valuable to you that you’ve learned from working as a model?

PATIENCE!

13 – Guilty pleasures?

Fast food and booze.

14 – What have been the highlights of your career so far?

Doing the Prada exclusive in Milan and shooting 2 covers for the same month.

15 – Any advice for young, aspiring male models?

Have someone shoot you and then bring the pics into an agency. I was turned away by two agencies before I was picked up so don’t let rejection get you down.


Posted by:Vincent Ko

Vincent Ko is a fashion photographer, stylist and creative consultant based in Toronto. He specializes in editorial photography and portraiture. His love for design, architecture, food and coffee is constantly share amongst his viewers with the sole intention to inspire others through his lens.

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