Dean Michael

Name DEAN MICHAEL

Agency NEXT MANAGEMENT

Height 6'1"

Instagram @dlepickle

Where are you from? Alabama. 

What do you like to do for fun? Music, gaming, basketball, skateboarding.

What’re you currently reading or watching? Rick and Morty

Who’s your favorite music artist? Isaiah Rashad, Ab-Soul.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice cream.

What’s one thing you want people to know about you? That I am a rapper.

How did you get into modeling? I was scouted on Instagram.

Who do you dream of working with? On set with real actors.

What’s your most interesting modeling experience? When I went to Catalina for two days and shot on a yacht. 

If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing? Making music.

What do you want to be remembered for? My artistic creativity.

JJ Michaels

Name JJ MICHAELS (It stands for John Jamieson)

Agency LA MODELS

Height 6’1”

Instagram @j.j.michaels

Where are you from? Originally South Georgia. My first love and I used to feed pigs on a hog farm.

What do you like to do for fun? I really enjoy yoga, strength training, running, doing breath work, hiking, reading, studying the universe, attending YouTube University, getting out into nature, meditation, eating healthy organic vegan foods, and discovering new healing modalities.

What’re you currently reading or watching? I'm currently reading The 5th Agreement and watching FutureMan on Hulu.

Who’s your favorite music artist? It’s always changing, but I’ve been really jamming to Glass Animals & Dean Lewis this week.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Dropping over $100 at Erewhon Market multiple days in a row.

What’s one thing you want people to know about you? That my living example is a reflection of what’s possible. I was born to a family with a ton of “addiction problems,” and I’ve learned that we’re all just doing the best we can given our tools & resources. I literally used to see members of my family passed out on the floor with needles on the counter at a young age. I was super insecure, even in high school. I used to punch myself in the face and call myself ugly. I just wanted people to feel as sorry for me as I felt. I played so much World of Warcraft I’m still healing postural alignment at 26 years old. That’s what got me so hardcore into yoga & healing. Never play the victim. Each of us has the power to create our own reality; me, the creators of this magazine, you, all of us.

How did you get into modeling? At 16, as a scrawny, self proclaimed “World of Warcraft playing nerd” I got a gym membership and told myself I’d make it on the cover of magazines. I’ve done it multiple times. Modeling taught me I could manifest things.

Who do you dream of working with? Ferragamo and Calvin Klein brand-wise, Mario Testino photography-wise.

What’s your most interesting modeling experience? Shooting on a helipad for the first time was pretty dope. I’ve been on set with some World Renowned photographers like Steven Klein and John Russo. Shooting with my boy Ty Chen is always a pleasure too. I like how you never know what to expect completely and every day is different from the last!

If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing? Authoring books and investing in other businesses! Oh wait, I do that anyway! I feel the beautiful thing about our generation especially is we’re not just confined to one thing. I’m delving deeper into commercials, music videos, and acting this year as well!

What do you want to be remembered for? Inspiring others to be the highest version of themselves as I do the same, continuously and perpetually.

Tajen Ross

Name TAJEN ROSS

Agency NEXT MANAGEMENT

Height 6'2"

Instagram @tajen_ross

Where are you from? Iowa.

What do you like to do for fun? Workout, play basketball, video games.

What’re you currently reading or watching? I Am.

Who’s your favorite music artist? Lil Skies.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Playing too much Fortnite.

What’s one thing you want people to know about you? I'm a very outgoing person.

How did you get into modeling? I got scouted through Instagram.

Who do you dream of working with? Gucci.

What’s your most interesting modeling experience? I had a shoot at the beach and two girls came up and got in the photo with me.

If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing? Playing basketball.

What do you want to be remembered for? Being the best person I can be.

Shaman Diagne

Name SHAMAN DIAGNE

Agency NEXT MANAGEMENT

Height 6'1"

Instagram @believeinshaman

Where are you from? Los Angeles.

What do you like to do for fun? Skateboard, swim, go out with friends, I have to do anything adventurous.

What’re you currently reading or watching? Shameless, Ozarks.

Who’s your favorite music artist? Kanye West.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Listening to hard rock.

What’s one thing you want people to know about you? I am honestly fearless, and I love to test limits. Also, I want people to know that I represent them and myself.

How did you get into modeling? I was working as a server and I ended up getting scouted by the director of NEXT.

Who do you dream of working with? Travis Scott, or anyone that can teach and mold me into a better model.

What’s your most interesting modeling experience? Alpha Industries. We drove to Dominguez Rocks and Joshua Tree, the scenery was extraordinary. 

If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing? I would be going to real estate schooling.

What do you want to be remembered for? I want to be remembered for making sure everyone is having fun or at least have a smile on their face. I want people to have a little smile when they think of me.

Pablo Kaestli

Name PABLO KAESTLI

Agency NEXT MANAGEMENT

Height 6’3” 

Instagram @pablo_kaestli

Where are you from? France.

What do you like to do for fun? Hiking, boxing, and the beach.

What’re you currently reading or watching? Windows of the World.

Who’s your favorite music artist? George Benson.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Espresso.

What’s one thing you want people to know about you? Kind heart in a giant body.

How did you get into modeling? I got scouted a couple of times and I traveled to LA and I managed to join NEXT.

Who do you dream of working with? Paco Rabanne.

What’s your most interesting modeling experience? I walked for a hair company while wearing a red hair wig and blue paint on my face.

If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing? Probably boxing.

What do you want to be remembered for? My smile.

Corey Campbell

Name COREY CAMPBELL

Agency NEXT MANAGEMENT

Height 6’1” 

Instagram @imcoreycampbell

Where are you from? Arkansas.

What do you like to do for fun? I used to play soccer. Go to the gym a lot. I used to draw.

What’re you currently reading or watching? The Originals.

Who’s your favorite music artist? I listen to a little bit of everybody.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Junk food.

What’s one thing you want people to know about you? I want to go to school and get a degree in nursing. I started it and then got into modeling, so I just never got into it.

How did you get into modeling? My first shoot I ever did was I was just walking in a store and a guy approached me and asked me if I ever modeled before. And then after that it was just shoot after shoot until Enrico [Taylor] reached out and got me an interview with Next Models.

Who do you dream of working with? Gucci.

What’s your most interesting modeling experience? I really don’t have that many, honestly.

If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing? I could say acting or something, but realistically nursing.

What do you want to be remembered for? My personality.