As New York Fashion Week comes to an end, I thought it would be the perfect time to publish my interview with 2016 Mr. NYFW Model of the Year, Tommy Maksanty.
Jenny A. (Me): Which celebrity do you think you look like the most?
Tommy (TM): People say I look like Edge the Wrestler if I were to put on weight.
Me: What is it like for you behind the scenes of a fashion show?
TM: I’m pretty much laid back. I just watch and take a lot of things in.
Me: Does it ever get hectic?
TM: I live in Virginia but I travel up to New York for fashion weeks. Some days I’ll overbook myself. In September 2015 I had 9 fashion shows back to back. I would go to a fitting where I would hop on my longboard and travel to the next fashion show. Last February 2016 during the snowstorm I snuck backstage during Style Fashion Week and ended up walking for M the Movement and accidentally closing Style Fashion Week for Richie Rich @richirichworld.
Me: What’s your worst fashion experience?
TM: Back in April 2016 I had a fashion show up at the UN and my taxi cab drove off with my knapsack, longboard and all my stuff. It was a complete nightmare. I lost everything from February New York Fashion Week.
Me: If there was one designer you could model for, anyone in the world, who would it be?
TM: Tommy Hilfiger.
Me: How would you describe your style?
TM: I wear what fits and I make it work.
Me: What are your hobbies?
TM: Walking on the runway, longboarding, traveling and other outdoor activities.
Me: Where do you like to hangout?
TM: Anywhere by the water, somewhere on a mountain and sitting VIP at fashion events.
Me: What are 3 things you always carry with you?
TM: When I’m in the city I always have my longboard since I don’t like to walk –it’s too congested. I’ll also have my Bluetooth headset and portable phone charger on me.
Me: What’s your dream job?
TM: Getting paid to work out and smile.
Me: Who inspires you?
TM: My father. He gets up around 5:00am for work every day and doesn’t come home till late. He taught me how to be a hard worker.
Me: Who is your favorite demigod?
Hercules. I like the way people idolize him. He’s pretty cool.
Me: If you could be a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
TM: A watermelon – because everyone loves watermelon and it’s my favorite fruit.
Me: How would your friends describe you?
Tommy actually had his friend Ben answer this question.
Ben: Tommy is like Johnny Depp’s stunt double. He’s smart, good looking, and has a great body with cut muscles. You can put him on any billboard and any product will sell– he’s the real deal.
Tommy won the September 2016 Mr. NYFW Model of the Year by ASC Productions. He was even featured on a billboard in Times Square for winning! He was awarded Model of the Millennium by the King of Fashion, Andre Galliano. Tommy has modeled for New York Fashion Week in 2015, 2016 & 2017. Tommy also promotes onemama.org lolafo.com luminousworldwide.com eznethaircare.com.
You can follow him on Instagram: @TommyMaksanty