PHOTOGRAPHER: Abe Bermudez
Having already made his mark in Australia, walking in shows for David Jones, becoming the face of Westfield’s ‘The Front Line’ Campaign, and being seen on the pages of GQ Australia.
Mattia has since ventured across the world, walking the European runways for international designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Emporio Armani, but there is more than meets the eye when it comes to this striking top model.
At first glance he is the globe trotting, on trend male model with chiseled features, dashing from castings and fittings across Milan, Paris and New York.
But back home in Sydney, Mattia also strives for success in Equestrian competitions, training high level dressage on his beloved horse Chase.
We sat down with him to discover how he handles such an extraordinary life….
Façon: What do you enjoy most about being a model?
Mattia: I enjoy the lifestyle it is able to give me through travelling, the amazing experiences that come with it, working in an adult’s world, being able to put your mark on and be a part of the fashion industry.
Façon: Career highlight to date/favourite designer you’ve worked with?
Mattia: Some career highlights would have to be seeing my face in Time Square for an American Eagle campaign I did, being part of the latest Emporio Armani campaign that was shot in Rome a few months ago and walking for Dolce and Gabbana in Milan.
Façon: Any runway disasters or wardrobe malfunctions?
Mattia: So far luckily no and I’m hoping to keep it that way! But once I did walk out in a suit with no tie as we ran out of time… but that’s as crazy as it has gotten.
Façon: We understand you’re also a successful Equestrian competitor? How do you incorporate this into your busy schedule?
Mattia: It’s difficult to keep a balance between work and doing what you love, especially when horses are involved. When I’m home I try to make the most of my time and ride as much as I can. When I travel, my horse is kept into work by my trainer and I try and find stables overseas so I can keep riding and pursuing the sport.
Façon: Do you have any advice for young men aspiring to enter the modelling industry?
Mattia: I think it’s about paying attention to the industry, knowing your market and how to maximise on that. Modelling comes with a lot of no and rejection but I think if you are confident and you make the most of the opportunities that this job can present it’s an amazing career and lifestyle. You also have to trust the agents and team around you because they are the ones who believe in you.
Façon: Plans for the future?
Mattia: Well lot’s of traveling, happy to be home now but will soon be heading back to Milan where shortly after I will be doing the men’s Spring/Summer shows again. Just keeping my mind open to what comes my way and focusing on the love I have for my sport and horse.