WOUTER PEELEN

WOUTER PEELEN

MODELS.com ranks him as one of the money guys and sexiest men in the industry. Meet Dutch hunk Wouter Peelen and find out why his girlfriend is forcing him to read Fifty Shades of Grey.

Wouter Peelen for Dirk Bikkembergs, Getty Images.

A few years ago Wouter Peelen’s girlfriend took photos of him when they were out travelling together. She told him he should try to become a model, and sent the photos to a modelling agency in The Netherlands. It was lucky for Wouter that his girlfriend planted the idea of modelling in his head – because the agency that received the pictures signed him immediately, and he went on to book three campaigns during his first season. And that was only the beginning.

Compared to most female models, male models often start off when they’re older. Wouter is a perfect example of that. He was in his mid 20s, and had recently got his bachelors degree when his life took a sharp turn from college libraries to Paris runways. Over the years, he’s done campaigns for high-end labels like Cartier, Hermès and Loewe as well as high-street brands like Gap, Club Monaco and of course H&M.

During a shoot with H&M, H&M Life asked the model to answer our top model’s secrets questionnaire. 

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS…
“Giampaolo Sgura – I love his energy, work and the fact that he’s an amazing person. I also have to mention Dutch photographer Paul Bellaart. I shot with him a couple of times (together with Cato van Ee and we had so much fun every time. We got tears in our eyes from laughing sometimes.” 

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER…
“Being on a Vogue cover after just two years of being a model.” 

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOOT/SHOW WAS…
“Meeting Penelope Cruz in Madrid for the Loewe campaign. She was my favourite actress in the movie Blow. Meeting her and shooting the same campaign (shot by Mert & Marcus) was something I’d never expected to do in my life.”

THE SONG/ARTIST WHO ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS…
“Stevie Wonder.”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS…
“Drawing. Although I almost never make time for it, when I do, I feel really free.”

MY MODEL ICON IS…
“I don’t have one. But if I have to mention one it would be Jon Kortajarena. When I started modelling he was on every billboard and he rocked it, every single time. I met him once and besides the good looking face he’s also a really nice guy.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
“Find a balance (eating, working out – everything).”

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY…
“Playing soccer, going to the gym, running and a lot of sauna-time.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I…
“Rinse it with some water, perfect for curly hair!”

MY DE-STRESS TRICK IS…
“Switching off my phone! And of course – again – sauna! I love to go to the spa and clear my mind.”

MY SECRET TALENT IS…
“Salsa-dancing (I should do it more).”
 


Fifty Shades of Grey…I have to admit, my girlfriend forced me to read it


What Wouter Peelen is reading right now.


I SMELL LIKE…
Bvlgari Aqva.”

MY FAVOURITE OFF-DUTY LOOK IS…
“Jeans, a simple t-shirt (no print) and a pair of worker boots.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…
“Oldtimers. I love old cars, specially the VW Beetle and the VW T2 surf bus.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“Always use sunblock! It protects your skin from getting old.”

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS…
“Ventana In & Spa in Big Sur. It’s a magical place.”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS…
“The Branding in Noordwijk. It’s a Dutch beach lounge/bar/restaurant with a hang loose vibe, good food and very good music.”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE…
“Eggs (I prefer eggs benedict) and a cappuccino! For me every morning starts with a (good) Italian cappuccino.” 

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK…
“A book, a pair of headphones and music/movies on my Ipad.”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME, I…
“Spend time with my girlfriend and go to see my friends in my hometown. They are really important to me and I feel at home with my friends and family around me.”

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“A women in Jamaica once told me: ‘In life you can choose two things: either you choose to be a super a**hole or you choose to be super nice, it’s a choice my man”. Lucky for me, she told me that I was a ‘humble guy’ ;-)”

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS…
“Gifts. The best thing in life is to surprise people with little gifts when you come home.”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNT…
“Not to take things personally. Although it’s a personal business, don’t take criticism about your looks too personally, there will be always someone different than you with different hair, a different body type – or something else… You are who you are. Accept that and be happy with it. And also: work hard, play hard. You work to live, you don’t live to work. For me this is really important to keep balance in my life.” 

POST-MODELLING, I WOULD LIKE TO…
“Be in the sports business. I studied sport, management and business and graduated four years ago. My dream is to organize the Olympic Games or a World Cup in Soccer.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS…
Voetbal International. It’s a Dutch TV-show I always watch when I’m abroad in a hotel or airport. It makes me happy instantly.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING…
Fifty Shades of Grey…I have to admit, my girlfriend forced me to read it. It was about sex so she thought I would probably like it. I don’t know why, haha ;-)” 

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS…
“To live it to the maximum, be happy and respectful to others.”

 

 

WOUTER JOHANNES PEELEN

AGE: 27

AGENCY: SIGHT Management. Hi mother-agency is Tony Jones Model management 

DISCOVERED: In Amsterdam. His girlfriend Iris thought he had what it took to be a model and sent pictures to an agency, which picked him up immediately

CITY: Amsterdam

FAMILY: Parents Peter and Paulien Peelen, who are both teachers, and younger brother Martijn, who is an engineer.

INSTAGRAM: @wouterpeelen1 

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