Jonny Brown is one of the busiest emerging Jamaican models on the fashion landscape. You may not know his name, but if you follow men’s fashion, you’ve undoubtedly seen his face. Debuting via a catwalk exclusive for Louis Vuitton’s SS’17 show in 2016, Jonny kicked off his career with the right foot. After his debut, the 23-year-old has gone on to walk for and work with an array of the top labels from ACNE Studios and Etro, to Lavin and Ann Demeulemeester, making him a favourite on the runway. As for fashion editorials, he has appeared in the most prominent glossies, from Hunger to L’Uomo Vogue to T Magazine.
Brown was scouted by the Caribbean’s leading model scout, Dewight Peters. Earlier this year he tapped his island roots in Paul Smith’s SS17 campaign. Flexing to Mr Lexx’s “Dem A Pree”, he held back a bit in the campaign video which was inspired by a Notting Hill Carnival after party. However, there is no holding back in his busy schedule, and it will not be long until we “pree” Jonny’s next colossal campaign. Until then, learn more about this fresh face below from the man himself.
What’s the best piece of advice you have gotten?
JB: Never Stop Trying/never lose hope. I remember before I got the break as the world exclusive for Louis Vuitton I met so many agents who came to Jamaica but never signed me and my agent Dewight said to me ‘something will happen, never give up or stop believing in yourself…and now here I am.
If you can chill with anyone, dead or alive, who would that be and why?
JB: Honestly my grandma… Just to see her.
Do you believe in love?
JB: Of course… love is beautiful
If you were to be a song which song would you be?
JB: Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds”.
What are you uncomfortable with, Jonny?
JB: Noisy people and disorder.
What would you like see to change in the world, and why?
JB: I’d like to see only love for the planet and every living thing on it.
Struggle: What’s your greatest struggle?
JB: Getting accustomed to the cold (lol), Jamaica is always warm.
Who would you like to meet and why?
JB: It would be Will Smith… he’s a legend to me.
Who is your favourite designer?
JB: I have many, but some would be Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton, he gave me my first chance and believed in me, but also Kean at Etro, Alessandro at Gucci, Virgil at Off-White and many others.
What’s the saddest moment during a job?
JB: Being cancelled.
Happiest moment on the job, so far?
JB: Getting to travel to Sweden for a job.
What’s your most significant accomplishment?
JB: Walking for Louis Vuitton as a world-exclusive debut.
What do you want people to know about you?
JB: I am a genuine, loyal and a warm soul, but don’t take me for granted.
What do you want people to check out?
JB: My Instagram page… @Jonnyb_ae_le. Haha.