Whilst shooting our special editorial, "12 Faces of Summer 2012", we took the chance to get to know more about each boy. One of these boys was the lovely Josh Weeks from D1, captured here by Cecilie Harris in our Boys by Girls portrait feature, styled by Kristine Kilty.
Read his interview below to find out about his modelling dreams and a little about his writing and music. We were intrigued to find out more about his band and song writing, so look out for our next interview with Josh where he tells us all about these things!
Photography CECILIE HARRIS
Styling KRISTINE KILTY
Styling Assistants ARNDT STOBBA & LUCIE HALLEY
Hair STEPHEN HAMILTON
Make-up FIONA TANNER
Photographic Assistants KAAMILAH NAHABOO & DAVE BIRD
Model JOSH WEEKS (D1)
Josh wears shirt and shorts OLIVER SPENCER, shoes HERRING SHOES, socks TOPMAN.
Name: Josh Weeks
Age: I’m 19
Location: I'm from South Wales.
Are you living in London now?
Well I’m at university in London, but I finished my first year so I’m living back at home for summer, then I’m moving back here in September.
How long have you been modelling?
Well I’ve been at D1 since January. I was with a Welsh agency since last July but they put me forward for D1 around November time, so I’ve got a mother agency in Wales, and then D1’s my London agency.
So how did it begin? Did you get scouted?
I was working in a clothes shop and the company I was working for asked me to do some shoots for their blog online and the photographer, he was doing work experience at the Welsh modelling agency, so he sort of recommended me and then I went to see them and it just kicked off from there.
Josh wears jacket PAUL COSTELLOE, shirt OLIVER SPENCER.
What have your modelling experiences been like so far?
They’ve been good. I love going to castings and meeting lots of different people, working with photographers, so I’m hoping it all continues to go well from here.
What’s your dream modelling job?
I think the Burberry campaign would be my dream modelling job. Thomas Penfound, another model with D1 is doing it at the moment, and I aspire to be able to acheive similar things.
What are you passionate about?
Music. I’m in a band, I play bass guitar and I write the lyrics as well. I’m studying English Literature at university and writing lyrics and poetry is something that interests me on the side of modelling.
3 random facts about yourself?
I used to play football for Wales, so I played for my country a couple of times.
I hate cats. I’ve got three, my parents decided to get them even though I have an allergy to cats.
And also I have two younger brothers called Jack and Joe and my name’s Josh so it gets really confusing having a Josh, Jack and Joe in the house.
Josh wears shirt OLIVER SPENCER.
If you could live during any other period of history, when would you choose?
I think around sort of the 1950’s, the Beat Generation in America. So around Jack Kerouac sort of time when they were travelling across the USA just looking for the American dream. I think that’s kinda cool.
What’s your favourite time of day?
Just before the sun goes down, I’d say. So in summertime, around 9pm. I like having barbeques in my back garden with my family and stuff.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a footballer for quite a while, but then when I didn’t get a professional contract, that’s when I went to university and my passion for writing sort of took off.
So what kind of things do you like writing?
Mainly lyrics. There’s certain lyricists like Richey Edwards and Ian Curtis who I really look up to because they seem to write about things that society are almost scared to write about, so instead of just writing about girls they’re in love with, they write about issues and problems in the world. So, yeah, I don’t think you should be afraid to write about negative things necessarily, because sometimes society need to push to sort out these issues and adjust them.
Have you seen the film about Joy Division?
Control? Yeah, I loved it, it’s really good.
What kind of music does your band play?
Mainly rock music. Yeah, we’re a three-piece, so we try and keep it quite raw and when we record we don’t really like to edit over the top, we try and record it all live to tape. So yeah, I’d probably just say classic rock.
Photos: Cecilie Harris
Words: Kaamilah Nahaboo