Chams-Eden Moussa Interview | Reflex Homme Exclusive
Words: Collen Demerez
Spotlighting a model isn't always about picking the obvious choice or the ones with the most campaigns, cause in this day and age you're in one day booking every job and out the next, I mean it's the nature of the modern day industry. But that being said not every model can be easily replaced and not every face can be easily forgotten, that's where we come in. Picking from the heard the faces that are going to last past this very fickle time in fashion. To add to that very selective list I this weeks model, a knockout face I was struck by, a dancer turned model Chams-Eden Moussa one of the new faces of Balmain Hair Couture FW18 season. Chams-Eden has a very strong look, one that doesn't leave the mind that easily which drew me to him as that's the quality that's key in fashion. He is one of those faces you see and before you make your way to his resume can already imagine on the runways of Philipp Plein, Givenchy, Moschino etc. I had to find out more about him, his background and his goals as a model, here what he had to say when we sat down for an interview.
What’s your full name?
My name is Chams-Eden MOUSSA
Where are you from?
I come from the south of France, a town near Toulon
How would you describe yourself?
I am someone who likes to share my passions and my knowledge with people. I'm a perfectionist with myself, a little possessive but I remain true, humble and respectful with people.
How long have you been modelling and how did you get into it?
I would say since about 7 years old but more seriously 3 years ago. A photographer offered me a shoot, then I liked posing and seeing myself in photos so I continued just for fun but then it became an actual job.
What was your very first modelling job?
I did a lot of smaller jobs that I can't quite remember but my first big job was to shoot in Monaco with Cara Delevingne for TAG HEUER.
You just worked on a Trend Forecast FW18 campaign with Balmain Hair Couture, how did it feel to be cast to work with such a big house like Balmain?
It was a great to see my face with Balmain and a great experience not only for me but for my family, my friends, my agent because I was born in a small neighbourhood. I just hope that young people will learn from me so that they can do smart things too - so I'm honoured.
It pushes me to work and to want to do beautiful things such as Balmain.
What’s been the biggest highlight of your modelling career so far?
I think without hesitation meeting with my Agent Djimi Williams! he knew to trust me and find the words to push me to continue because at one time I didn't have the good feel or the energy - but he took care of my career and helped me to make good decisions and gave me a chance to show my quality and to correct my faults.
If you could work with any brand you want, which one would you pick and why?
I love so many brands lol! I would love to work with my favourite brands like Levi's, Nike, Calvin Klein, Diesel, G-star but also with luxury brands like Versace, Givenchy, D&G, Armani.
How’s it coming from a dance background into modelling? Has being naturally great with movement helped you feel more comfortable in front of the camera?
I've danced professionally for about 10 years so dance helped me a lot in the modelling because I worked on my emotions and on people's eyes. It was a good way for me to lose my shyness very quickly and to assure myself.
What’s a song you have on repeat on your playlist right now?
A lot, a lot, a lot of music lol... I love all music but right now I'm listening to 'All Day - 2Pac'.
What do you like to do on your days off from modelling aside from dancing?
During my days off I only have dance practice, train in the gym, do a little bit of travel.
Where would you like to be in 5 years?
In 5 years, with God to guide me... I just need my family and to be healthy, the rest will come.
Special Thanks to Djimi Williams and Williams Agency