|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2011)|
Nessman in January 2011
November 5, 1989 |
Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
|Residence||New York City|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Suit||40 (US) 50 (EU)|
|Shoe size||12 (US)|
Simon Nessman (born November 5, 1989) is a Canadian model from Courtenay, British Columbia.
Nessman was born in Courtenay, British Columbia. The youngest of three children. In late 2006 Nessman was first discoverd as a model after a friend of his sister sent in pictures of him to a local agency in Canada. At the time 18-year-old Nessman was still attending high school at Georges P Vanier Secondary and didn't pursue his modeling career until graduating. Stating that graduating wasn't up for debate.
Nessman eventually moved to New York City to begin his modeling career, staying in the city for the next five years. Nessman was an avid player in his schools basketball and rugby teams. With a talent in basketball, Nessman received offers from both The University of The Fraser Valley and Quest University.
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.
Became the face of Giorgio Armani fragrance Acqua di Gio Essenza in spring 2012. The campaign was shot and directed by Bruce Weber (photographer). 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 15 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 there 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 featered on Models.com's list of Sexiest Men, Top Icons Men, and The Money Guys.
He is of half Austrian and half Scottish descent. Nessman dated photographer Gillian Mansonhing-Staples from 2007 to 2010. Nessman was in a relationship with actress Imogen Beckwith from 2012 to mid 2015. He divides his time between New York City and British Columbia. Nessman has listed surfing as a passion of his.
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- MODELS.com's 50 Top Male Models - 5-1