I met my good friend, Lukas Ziegele, in the winter of 2011 in some typical backyard meets squalid, squat Berlin party. Then he was a bright eyed lass who had travelled from Stuttgart to Berlin to seek his fame and fortune. Actually he had come to study, but that doesn’t sound as sexy does it?As soon as I saw Lukas, I knew he had it in him to become a much sought-after model and fast-forward the months he is now signed with VIVA Models, Berlin agency. I caught up with him recently to probe through his delectable curls to reach far and deep into the mind of Lukas Ziegele.
He is also part of our new issue ´The North.´. Page 250: have a look HERE
KALTLBUT: How old are you?
Lukas: 19 years old.
KALTBLUT: Where were you born?
Lukas: Stuttgart, Germany.
KALTBLUT: How were you discovered by VIVA?
Lukas: Funny story, a photographer contacted me via the internet stating that he wanted to take some picture of me, he said he liked my neck and so on. After the photo shoot, he sent the pictures to VIVA who then contacted me for a casting and the rest as they say is…
KALTBLUT: Good story. What interests you the most about modelling?
Lukas: The fact that it allows you to travel. I would love to travel to Tokyo and London for work.
KALTBLUT: What do you like about modelling so far?
Lukas: I like doing editorials as they allow me to get into character and for a while I get to be someone else.
KALTBLUT: Which magazines do you like to read?
Lukas: Fräulein Magazine and Neon.
Lukas: I like to play violin and go for ballet classes.
KALTBLUT: How would you say your ballet has helped with your modelling in terms of movement, flexibility and posture?
Lukas: Well I think there is a good and bad side of doing ballet as a model: on the one hand ballet has allowed me to know my body better and allows me to be unafraid of big movements but on the other hand that knowledge sometimes leads to a tendency to be stiff, and sometimes I get told to relax more during my photo shoots.
KALTBLUT: Are you parents supportive of your modelling career?
Lukas: Yes, they just warned me to be careful in the sense that I should not take the rejection that comes hand in hand with the job personally, and I shouldn’t feel I have to do things that I don’t want to do, in terms of the destructive extra-curricular activities that can come with modelling.
KALTBLUT: Do you have any male model icons?
Lukas: No, but I do love Coco Rocha, she has a dance background as well.
KALTBLUT: Would you say working as a male model where you are styled by various stylists in garments from designers who hail from all over the world has changed your personal style?
Lukas: Definitely, I feel I have become more daring and I’m willing to be more experimental with my clothes now.
KALTBLUT: Ok, it’s time to get deep. What German policies would you want to change?
Lukas: I would like to put more pressure on the enforcement of animal cruelty and laws regulating air pollution.
KALTBLUT: Ok, that’s deep enough, what do you love most about living in Berlin?
Lukas: I think it’s a city that embraces lots of different cultures and races, and there is always so much going on. Also you can be as ‘odd’ as you want to be and still find your social group.
KALTBLUT: You have great personal style, where do you go shopping in Berlin?
Lukas: I go to High Street shops like H & M, and I also like going to flea markets in Mauerpark and Boxhagener Platz. Actually, since I moved to Berlin, I feel the second-hand culture is getting lost as prices in flea markets keep increasing which is kind of sad, as that defeats the whole purpose.
KALTBLUT: Tell us something no one knows about you?
Lukas: I’m an open book, that’s the secret!
Lukas: Pancakes with maple syrup.
KALTBLUT: What was the last book you read?
Lukas: One Day by David Nicholls.
KALTBLUT: When was the last time you cried?
Lukas: I don’t want to tell. (Well, readers fast forward about 3 hours and Lukas answered the question by crying during Les Misérables when we went to see it in the cinema)
Lukas: Sunshine and achieving my goals.
KALTBLUT: What gets on your last nerve?
Lukas: Tardiness from other people and when I am not punctual.
KATLBLUT: Boxers of briefs?
Lukas: For ballet, briefs and for sleeping, boxers.
KALTBLUT: What track can’t you get out of your head at the moment?
Lukas: Teenage Dream by Katy Perry.
Lukas: Yes its cheesy, but…
KALTBLUT: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to get someone’s attention, like let’s say, in a bar?
Lukas: Well, usually eye contact is enough.
KALTBLUT (laughs): Ok, so nothing crazy needed, just good ol’ fashioned eye contact. And finally, the million dollar question, what does someone have to do to win your heart?
Lukas: He has to be a good cook and trustworthy.
B/W pictures credited to VIVA Models
Interview by Biki John