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Talking Heads – Dylan Kraayenhagen

Shot by Flavia Daniele – Fashion Editor Alessandro Ferrari – Model Dylan Kraayenhagen at Independent – Grooming by Martina Russo – Interview by Barbara Maestri // Total Look Valentino

What was your very first job as a model? What were your feelings towards it?
My very first paid job dates back to three or four months ago. My feelings were mixed. It was a good experience, as it was something new for me and this is always a good thing. I had to make some TikTok videos and I agreed to the task, even if I didn’t feel comfortable doing this type of content. It’s something that’s jut not for me.
Do you like your name? Is it linked to a particular person before you or does it have another origin?
I like my name! Most people think that my name is linked to Bob Dylan, but it isn’t: my mother is not a big fan of him. I think it’s more related to a writer and poet my mother and father mentioned once: Dylan Thomas.
A smell that reminds you of home.
I have two. The smell of wood, especially when it burns in the fireplace during the winter season, and the perfume of blue rain flowers in summertime.
What’s your recurring dream?
I often have the same dream. I’m in a city that seems familiar, but it’s a place I made up in my head. It doesn’t exist anywhere, it has something in common with the cities I’ve been to, though. In the dream, I’m with people I recognise. There are classmates from primary school, whom I haven’t seen in years, and friends of today. We chill and then, suddenly, something goes wrong. We feel a high pressure and we have to run to another place. It’s like the world it’s going to be destroyed or the feeling of being chased by bad people, even if I can’t see any. It’s only a sensation. Most of my dreams go this way. They’re not nightmares, really. They’re like scary movies, so it’s funny in some ways.
If you had to decide, would you choose to change your past or control your future?
I’m sure I did things that I could’ve done better, but I wouldn’t change any of them, because I needed to do those things in that way to learn what I know right now. I wouldn’t control the future neither, because I’m curious to see what happens next.


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Is there a movie, or a book, that marked your life in some way?
Oh yeah! I just read a book by Patti Smith, the title is ‘Just kids’. I really liked her story and her way of conceiving life, growing up and exploring what she could do with her tools. She’s really inspiring! When she was younger, she wanted to be an artist, but she didn’t know how to become one. So, she moved to New York City and started a new life there. She met a lot of people who brought her in the right direction. It’s a really cool book!
Right now, what point in your career do you think you’ve reached?
Well, I just started, so I’m pretty new at being a model!
Do you have a secret diary where you put down your thoughts?
Yes, sometimes. I actually write them down on my phone instead of a diary.
Who’s the first person you call when you get good or bad news?
It depends on the news, but I think I’d call my mum.
Would you ever go bungee jumping?
No, it doesn’t appeal to me at all.
Do you like gardening? Are you any good at it?
To be honest with you, I’ve never tried it!


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Are you superstitious? Do you have any rituals before a fashion show?
I never did a fashion show, but generally speaking I’m not superstitious at all.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I don’t have any guilty pleasure, indeed I don’t feel guilty for my pleasure!
Are you a messy or super organised guy?
I’m a very messy guy!
Tell me the happiest memory from your childhood.
I really don’t know. Maybe, holidays were the best part of my childhood.
If you found Aladdin’s lamp, what would you ask for?
Perhaps, I’d ask to figure out something that would make me happy for the rest of my life.


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