Gianluca Albonico at Nevs Models dropped by to see us at Boys by Girls HQ with a quiff that gave us hair envy, for a chat about how the modelling world has been treating him. We were totally wowed by his gorgeous smile and couldn’t get enough of that charming Italian accent.
With his smooth Italian gentleman vibe, he talked to us about the top designer brands he has walked for since his career kicked off just over a year ago, and we got into an interesting discussion about if young men of today are still romantic. Gianluca believes so, at least that's how it rolls in Italy. British boys, brings out your note books.
Gianluca (and we're convinced we're saying it right), tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi I’m Gianluca. I’m from Milan and I was born in Milan in 1993. I am a model, amd started modelling one and a half years ago, and now I am trying to be a top model.
What shows have you walked for?
The shows I walked for are Frankie Morello, Fendi, John Robertas, and a Mark Jacobs presentation to name a few.
Have you got to see much of London yet?
I haven’t had much time to see the city yet, because I’ve done a lot of castings. I have seen all of those places around the castings. I think this weekend I’ll go to visit the London eye. I will send my mum pictures, I write to her "From London, with love."
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What did you do before Modelling?
I finished high school one and half years ago. My mum wanted me to go to University, but I want to wait to go. I wanted to try a new experience cause you know, not a lot of people get this opportunity to model. I want to try this experience for two or three years, and I'd love to see the world.
What would you do if you weren’t modelling?
I was studying for a certificate in sports at school. I started sailing at 6 years old. I spend a lot of time doing this and go to a school for sailing three months every year. I was in the Italian sailing team.
If you look at my tattoo it’s a sail. It's my design.
Can we call you sailor boy?
Yeah, it’s my very favourite passion. I like sports; soccer, tennis, basketball. But the sail, it’s my favourite. I have a sailboat. My father has one too, it's bigger then mine. My personal boat is just for racing. If I do well at modelling I want to open a centre for renting boats, it’s my idea for the future.
What’s the name of your sail boat?
My sailboat is Gitano. It is an iIalian name, because a friend on my sailing team his name is Gitanino.
Tell me three random things about yourself.
I like to speak to people, because every summer..... sorry my English is not very good, it's a differicult language, but I try...
You are doing so well. You raccent is very charming.
I like to speak to people. I worked at the tourist villages where I was a sailing instructor. Before this my character was so closed and that experience opened my character. And now love to talk to people. Another passion is sailing. I also like music, like electronic and tech house.
Anything else we don’t know about you?
I am so, I don’t know if it's because I am Italian, but I am very romantic.
I bet you say that to all the girls.
My first girlfriend told me I was so romantic. I like to be romantic. I like to do surprises.
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done?
I was staying in Paris and I went home for Halloween to surprise her. I took her to my house at the lake.
That is very romantic. Can you give British boys some tips on how to be romantic.
Sure, I’ll give them a lesson in how to be romantic
First I think it’s so important to smile.
Find the important moments to say ‘I love you’, because there are a lot of Italian people that say ‘I love you' all the time, and you should only say it when you really mean it.
Find a nice place to be romanic.
Don't be too clingy, keep them keen. Remember to do your work and see your own friends. It keeps things interesting and fresh.
Buy gifts that arent the typical cliche things to get. Be exciting, not boring. Like a dress, or take her to a spa for example.
That’s a lot of very good romantic advice.
Oh good, I want the English boys to be romanic for you. I am coming from Italy to London with love.
Thank you Gianluca for all your wonderful advice. We can't wait to see more of you on the catwalk.
Interview and words by Cat Wilding.