One of the best male models in the fashion industry.
Text: Pavlos Satsidis
His name is Jon Kortajarena Redruello and he was born on May 19th, 1985. He was raised in Bibao, Spain and at the age of 18, he became the face of Just Cavalli for Roberto Cavalli’s spring campaign. After that he quickly started his career in modeling.
Later on, he made his debut in fashion shows for Emporio Armani and John Galliano at the Milan and Paris fall fashion weeks. Two months later, Steven Meisel photographed him for Versace in New York. In 2007, he signed with GUESS, but he also continued his work with a number of successful fashion houses such as Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Chanel and Carolina Herrera.
Terry Richardson photographed Kortajarena for Tom Ford and he became the face of the house for the following seasons. In the spring/summer 2008 issue of L’ Officiel Hommes magazine, he had a 200 pages tribute with the cover title ‘200 pages of fashion with Jon Kortajarena’. It was the first time a male model had achieved something like this. Magazines loved him. In June 2009 Forbes published its list of The World’s 10 Most Successful Male Models and Jon appeared in the 8th place. While German GQ entitled him as Model of the Year, Spain’s Marie Claire awarded him Best Spanish Model for 2009.
By the end of the year, he debuted as an actor in the Oscar-nominated film “A Single Man” directed by Tom Ford. He appeared on the screen alongside with Julianne Moore and Colin Firth and he was able to taste success in the film industry.
In 2010, he modeled with Alexa Chung for Pepe Jeans fall/winter campaign while in March 2011, he fronted the cover of Vogue Spain with Anja Rubik and Andres Velencoso. Jon was chosen as the protagonist for the special video version of Roberto Cavalli Men’s Spring/Summer 2012 and opened the show in Milan. He, later, became the face of David Yurman Jewelry, alongside Kate Moss.