If you’ve been seeing photos of a young Leonardo DiCaprio look-a-like in fashion campaigns, you’re not dreaming. Australian model Jordan Barrett’s gorgeous green eyes, chiseled face, bee-stung lips, and messy blonde locks (one genetically blessed guy, we must say) is the next ‘it’ model—and it's not just because of his captivating looks, but for his good heart. In an interview with the Penshoppe endorser, ABS-CBN Lifestyle discovered a whole other side of Jordan that we didn't know.
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Before becoming a model, life for this 22 year-old was simple. "It was a lot of beaches, schooling, and surfing. I grew up in a coastal town—East Coast in Australia, Gold Coast in Byron Bay. It's kind of very relaxed actually, complete contrast to what it is now but in a very good way. They’re two very great different worlds," says Jordan. He attended school where he took diverse classes on marine biology, first aid, poetry, and surfing. At 14, he was approached by an agency, but it wasn't until he was 18 till he got to see the fashion world.
"I don’t even know what it (modeling) meant. I was so young, I had no idea. So, when I was approached, I was like talking to him, 'What does this even mean? What would our purpose be and what would I do for you?' and I slowly learned. It has been such an amazing time, it’s been three years now since I first got to America. It’s a fun ride!"
But with just three years of experience, Jordan seems to have put his career together. Just this year, he has collaborated with two brands to release a collection of eyewear and denim, bagged an ambassadorship for Filipino fashion brand Penshoppe, and is soon to venture into business with a day spa in Australia. All this to add to his skyrocketing career, where he has worked alongside big names such as Kate Moss, Mario Sorrenti, Bruce Weber, Steven Klein, Mert & Marcus, and Inez & Vinoodh; and brands like Tom Ford, Paco Rabanne, Coach, Moschino, Balmain, Versace to name a few.
Like a true millennial himself, Jordan is ambitious, independent, and an achiever who has a relentless curiosity about the world and a desire to learn and expand his knowledge through accumulating different life experiences. “I like to take pictures. It started as a hobby and now I’ve been taking a few more pictures and have shot a number of campaigns myself, but just with my friends,” says Jordan, who is working on a magazine label called Little Culture with his friend, coming out next year. He adds, “Film has always been a passion of mine. I’m just exploring all the little doors that open.” As of press time, it has been reported that Jordan has landed a lead acting role in a short film alongside Suki Waterhouse.
Jordan's fascination on nature conservation is infectious, "I guess it’s because I grew up in nature, grown up by the beach. I love, love, love the beach!” On his recent trip to the Philippines, Jordan flew with Penshoppe to the beautiful island of Palawan, an experience he calls incredible. “We got to do everything—we woke up and swim with the sharks, it was something that I’ve always dreamed of doing. In the afternoon we do the hikes, we took the boat to all different islands.” He also adds, "(I love) the food, the people. The people have been so friendly, everyone has been so nice and smiling, dancing, happy! Everyone we met has been just the happiest people, it’s like the energy mixed with the place, it’s just a very good vibe.”
Nature lover Jordan was also hailed an ambassador for Save the Elephants and Knot on My Planet, and traveled with them to Samburu, Africa to support the Elephant Crisis Fund in helping save elephant lives throughout Africa. “We’re planning another trip back with the Lion Recovery Fund. We’re trying to do a mini documentary on what’s happening over there with the ivory crisis, what’s happening with the poaching and the slaughtering of the animals that are endangered basically. Getting to see that and learn about that was incredible and hopefully spread the message on what’s happening there and kind of try make a difference, if we can.”
At 21, the model is just starting.
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Banner image courtesy of Penshoppe. Photos from @iblamejordan and @savetheelephants