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Nessman in January 2011
November 5, 1989|
Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
Nessman was born in Courtenay, British Columbia, the son of Carolyn Ireland and Ron Nessman. He is the youngest of four children. In late 2006 Nessman was first discovered as a model after a friend of his sister sent in pictures of him to model scout Kelly Streit of Mode Models in Canada. At the time 17-year-old Nessman was still attending high school at Georges P Vanier Secondary and did not pursue his modelling career until graduating. Nessman moved to New York City to begin his modelling career, staying in the city for the next five years.
As of late 2013, Nessman returned to school in Canada to pursue his college basketball career attending Quest University In Squamish. He graduated from Quest in May 2017 and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science.
Nessman is best known as the current face of Giorgio Armani. In addition, he has featured in ad campaigns for Versace, D&G, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Barneys, Gap and John Galliano. He was featured in the 2012 music video of Madonna's new song, Girl Gone Wild, as directed by fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
He has walked in shows for Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Tommy Hilfiger, Emporio Armani, Viktor & Rolf, Lacoste, DSquared², Narciso Rodriguez and Michael Kors and appeared in Vogue, Details, Numéro, V Man and L'Officiel Hommes.
In 2012 Nessman became the face of the Giorgio Armani fragrance Acqua di Gio Essenza. The campaign was shot and directed by Bruce Weber (photographer) as of 2014 Nessman stars in both print and video campaigns for the fragrance.
From late 2010 to 2014 Nessman starred in multiple print and film campaign advertisements for American fashion designer Michael Kors alongside Karmen Pedaru. In 2015 Nessman starred alongside British supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne as the face of John Hardy (jewelry) for the Spring/Summer 2015 campaign. The campaign was shot by Sebastian Faena entirely in Bali.
In 2011, Nessman was the second most successful male model in the world behind Sean O'Pry on models.com list of the Top 50 international male models. In 2013, Forbes named Nessman Number 3 on their The World's Highest-Paid Male Models list coming in behind David Gandy Number 2, and Sean O'Pry Number 1. In 2014, Nessman was nominated for a Model Of The Year award. As of 2015, Nessman was featured on Models.com's list of Sexiest Men, Top Icons Men, and The Money Guys.
- "Simon Nessman". The Internet Fashion Database. Archived from the original on 2017-03-04. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
- "A|X Armani Exchange Enlists Fashion Icon, Kate Lanphear to Turn Up the Style With Spring 2011 Advertising Campaign". PR Newswire. 28 January 2011.
- "Simon Nessman by Bruce Weber for Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò Essenza Campaign". The Fashionisto. 10 May 2012.
- MODELS.com's 50 Top Male Models - 5-1