Dennis Gijsbers is the next handsome Dutch model who attracted our attention and we were honoured to interview him! He is 28 years old, born in Vianen and living in Amsterdam. His motheragency is ICE Models Cape Town; however, he is currently modeling for De Boekers. Dennis works as a RTV Producer. His modelling abilities in front of the lens combined with his interesting personality make him a musthave model in the industry! Reading our spotted model’s interview will make you dive deep into his wanderlust journies full of travelling and adventures! Life is not meant to be lived in one place and adventure is calling! All eyes on Dennis!
Introduce yourself with a few words? Who are you?
I’m Dennis Gijsbers, a crazy guy who’s always searching for an adventure. Even the impossible is possible. Always living on the edge.
What are you hobbies and biggest passions?
I’m addicted to extreme sports and especially kitesurfing. 10 years ago I started playing with a kite, after some years I became Dutch Champion in Masterclass Kitebuggying (riding a buggy powered by a kite on the bigger beaches), I spend whole weekends on the beach but after some years I did switch playgrounds. From sandy beaches to the open ocean. I started kiteboarding in 2004. That time I had to explain what I was doing. These days kiteboarding became a main watersport, everybody knows what kiteboarding is about. Even on Groupon people can buy kitesurf lessons. In November 2013 a dream came true. I crossed the Atlantic Ocean by kite, in 28 days, together with a team; 6 athletes, a camera woman, a sailing doctor and 3 prof. sailors, 7500km distance. Day and night one athlete was having fun on the water. Crazy experience. Besides kitesurfing I love to climb, surf, snowboard, etc. but also the more regular sports like fitness and foofball. Ohhhh… I almost forgot one of my biggest passions: cooking.
When and how you started your modelling career? Were you scouted by somebody?
I was scouted when I was 18 years old, so that’s 10 years ago. I did a campaign for Schwartzkopff. The campaign didn’t pay that well but that time I didn’t knew anything about dayrates and buyouts.
Did modelling influence or change your life? If yes, how?
For sure, after finishing my bachelor my girl and I decide to travel. We went together to Barcelona (4months) and Cape Town (4 months). In between I went by myself to Hamburg and Milan. The idea was to make money with modelling and travel like a gipsy. I’ve seen many cities for these 2 years. Besides the cities where I was on stay, I went for bookings to Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Copenhagen, Madrid, Antwerp, Brussels, etc.
What is fashion for you? How would you describe your personal style? Where do you pull your inspiration from?
I like authentic products. Sounds a bit boring… but I like jeans you buy for many many years. The selvage Lee 101 jeans for example. Jeans that you wear for life. Same with shoes. I’m not buying Nikes for 150 Euro (witch are made for a couple Euro’s) but I digg my Red Wings Boots. When the sole is getting old… I re-sole the boots and will give them a second life. You know what I mean? I like quality stuff. Lifetime warranty. What kind of personal style? I don’t know… give it a name…
Do you get to travel a lot for your work? If so what’s your favourite city that you have visited? Do you have a dream destination?
My favourite city is Cape Town. For sure! My girl and I have been there together for 4 months and the year after I went again for 2 months, but alone. In 2 months I’m back in haven! Can’t wait to be there again. Climbing table mountain in the morning, having lunch on the beach, kitesurfing with the greatest sunsets, drinking the best wines in the famous wine farms and having dinner in 2 stars Michelin restaurants. The good life…
Give us 5 facts about you people may not know.
I prefer to keep those secrets for myself.
What are your top priorities? What keeps you going?
Living on the edge. Day by day… don’t look too much forward. Life live.
Define happiness. What makes you laugh and what makes you happy?
My girl in the morning, singing songs while taking a shower. Sooo much fun!
How do you see Life through your eyes?
As one big adventure.
What is worth fighting for the efforts and the time?
Nothing comes by itself. You have to fight always, even if you’ve already reached your goal. Never give up, things can only get better!
3 songs from your playlist?
Drivers Seat – Sniff ‘n The Tears
Elliot Smith – Waltz #2 (XO)
World Party – Is it like today?
If you could give a name of this moment of your life, how would this chapter be called?
Play like never before…. It’s going to be really serious ASAP.
How do you imagine the future and what does it hold for you?
Hmmmmm… Like I said before in this interview. I’m not a guy who likes to plan. Everyday is a new day for me. Let’s see what the future will bring. Hopefully it will surprise me in a good way.
If you could tell something to the whole world what it would be?
War can’t kill love, love can kill war.