EVERY NOW AND AGAIN A MODEL COMES ALONG WHO CAPTURES PEOPLES IMAGINATION.
WITH HIS LONG BLONDE HAIR, BEE STUNG LIPS AND PRETTY BUT ALSO MASCULINE FEATURES, TON HEUKELS HAS COMPLETELY FITTED THE BILL OF THE NEW 70’S MOVIE STAR MODEL.
I had the absolute pleasure of first meeting this extra charming young man in 2012 when he had just burst onto the fashion scene. Together with a couple of other models, we headed up state with photographer Laurie Bartley and stylist Tom Van Dorpe for a weekend of adventure and rock climbing. The shoot was for V Man Magazine and we all stayed overnight, and yes, we did actually rock climb and quite hairy it was too at times…. it was an amazing experience with a great team of people. Ton was lovely to be around, hang out with and have a drink with after shooting.
I next saw Ton in London a year later on a shoot for British Vogue with model of the moment Arizona Muse. He was as lovely as ever, and also very funny. He made me laugh.
TON WITH ARIZONA FOR VOGUE GB BY CASS BIRD
Cut to earlier this year and I saw Ton twice at work in the space of a couple weeks, one shoot for Flair Magazine and another for British Vogue. Both shoots were trips away, so we got to hang out again. On the shoot for British Vogue Ton was joined by Dutch Model Julie Hoomans, another lovely person also.
I decided to ask them both if they would do a Q&A for me for my blog, and right there and then, the idea was born to do a Month of Dutch. It suddenly dawned on me how many people I knew and had met who work in fashion and are from the Netherlands.
Now the reason why Ton is actually the last of my Dutch Q&A’s is purely because I’ve run them in alphabetical order. So he was the first to be asked but the last to go live, but most certainly not the least.
As Ton answers the questions you will see how funny he is and also how charming. so take it away Mr Heukels……..
TON IS YOUR NICKNAME. WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME AND WHERE DID ‘TON ‘ COME FROM.?
My full name is Teunis Fernand Heukels. In my family its kind off a tradition to name all the men Ton, which caused a lot of confusion at the dinner table as you can imagine.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
I wanted to be a pilot, have you ever seen the movie Catch Me If You Can ? They get all the action!
HOW DID YOU BEGIN MODELLING?
I was looking for a pizza in Milan and a small Italian lady on high heels started following me, I thought this is exactly how they recruit spies in the movies, turned out she wanted to ask me if I wanted to be a model
TON’S MAGAZINE COVERS
IS THERE ANYBODY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?
Arnold Schwarzeneger, who doesn’t want to be the terminator!
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
The Hague in the Netherlands
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I’d make the supermarkets sell Snapple, have you tried that stuff?
DID YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE FASHION INDUSTRY OR HAVE ANY INTEREST IN FASHION BEFORE YOU WERE APPROACHED TO BE A MODEL?
No, if you see how I used to dress, you’d agree with me
I KNOW YOU’RE A KEEN MOUNTAIN CLIMBER, IN FACT THE FIRST SHOOT WE WORKED TOGETHER ON WAS A ROCK CLIMBING SHOOT, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THAT FOR AND WHAT OTHR SPORTS DO YOU LIKE?
I’ve been doing that for about 6 years, I did judo for 15 years, I snowboard a lot, and I love to play basketball
TON IN THE ROCK CLIMBING SHOOT I WORKED ON WITH HIM FOR V MAN MAGAZINE BY LAURIE BARTLEY
( BTW: THIS IS NOT PHOTOSHOPPED, THIS IS AN ACTUAL ROCK FACE)
BEING A MOUNTAIN CLIMBER YOU MUST BE PRETTY FEARLESS, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU HAVE A FEAR OF AND WOULD YOU CLIMB EL CAPITAN’S ‘DAWN WALL’, THE 914 METRE SHEER GRANITE ROCK FACE IN CALIFORNIA’S YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CONSDIERED THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST ROCK CLIMB?
Have you ever tried climbing stairs after a legs workout day, El Capitan is nothing compared to that! And yes, there is one thing I’m very afraid of. I know I know, you’d probably think that someone who’s this muscular, this reckless would be fearless, but no, the one thing that can make me scream like a little girl, except hitting my little toe on furniture, is spiders. 8 legs, 8 eyes, they’re the scariest things on earth!
ON ANOTHER NOTE COMPLETELY, LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS, (HAIR/ SKIN/BODY)
Do nail clippers count?
WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW (MUSIC, FASHION, ART, FOOD)
I’m listening to a lot of jazz music, but not the weird atonal stuff, but the swingin funky stuff and I’m reading a lot from Gabriel Garcia Marquez
SOME OF TON’S WORK
DO YOU HAVE ANY ANIMALS?
I wish, but nope, not yet
WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP AND ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?
I’m a huge Rolling Stones fan, me and my Dad used to go on long drives and play nothing but Stones music
I KNOW YOU’RE A GOOD DANCER AND YOU TOLD ME YOU LEARNT A LOT FROM WATCHING YOU TUBE VIDEOS, WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE, MOVE THAT YOU TAUGHT YOURSELF?
I call it Ton’s patented techno hipshake. Do you remember when Michael Jordan did that dunk from the free throw line? Well, this is to dancing what that was to basketball
IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE ONLY 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE? ****PLEASE NOTE: ONE WHOLE ALBUM CAN BE CLASSED AS 1 SONG, SO YOU CAN CHOOSE 10 ALBUMS IF YOU PREFER *** (EXPLAIN IF YOU WANT TO, WHY YOU CHOSE THEM)
I’d take Let It Bleed and Exile on the Main St. By the Stones, best albums ever made, period.
I’d bring Summerjam 2003 with me, the best Summer song ever!
I’d bring Escape by Rupert Holmes’ with me for when I’m sipping pina colada’s
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, I don’t think this needs any explanation
Call On Me, greatest hits by Janis Joplin, finally a greatest hits that really has the greatest hits.
The Complete Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Verve, their best stuff!
Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd, I don’t think this needs any explanation either.
Led Zeppelin, 4, filled with nothing but epicness!
I’m gonna cheat now, because I cant choose, so numbers 10 are the Bands greatest hits of ELO’ and 50 Cents Get Rich or Die Tryin’, who doesn’t love to put on some Fiddy!
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE.?
I went to Antigua two months ago, that place was heaven on earth, so there for sure!
MASTERMIND IS AN ICONIC BRITSH TV QUIZ SHOW WHERE THE CONTESTANTS ARE QUESTIONED FOR 2 MINUTES ON THEIR CHOSEN SPECIALISED SUBJECT. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SPECIALISED SUBJECT IF YOU WERE A CONTESTANT?
Music or 1920s and 1930s airmail, yes, i used to collect airmail, i was a bonafide nerd back in the day
WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Disney Pixar movies
MORE OF TON’S WORK
IN A FILM OF YOUR LIFE, WHOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY YOU?
Brad Pitt, who doesn’t want Brad Pitt to play them, he’d make me look so much cooler
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?
Oo, eeee, tough question, uhm, I don’t really have a favorite designer, but I’d wear anything that’s comfy!
YOU’RE PACKING TO GO ON A TRIP FOR 2 WEEKS AND CAN TAKE 5 FILMS ON ITUNES OR DVD’S WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD THEY BE, AND IF YOU WANT, SAY WHY YOU LOVE THEM? (IT CAN BE SOMETHING YOU HAVEN’T SEE YET) IF NOT FILMS, THEN WHAT BOOKS WOULD YOU TAKE?
The Big Lebowski – if God was a movie, this would be it!
Fight Club – gotta love Tyler Durden!
The Usual Suspects, that ending……… !!
Up, best Pixar movie, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll love it.
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, its a movie where a truck that can transform into a giant fighting robot is fighting off evil with a giant sword, whilst riding a giant robotic T-Rex! Need I say more!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?
Anything with chocolate in it! Preferably anything with M&Ms
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.
WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?
A lion. Lions sleep most of the day, but are still considered king of the jungle, that sounds like a great deal!
WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL FOUR GUESTS TO A DINNER PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE (THEY CAN BE DEAD OR ALIVE)
Abraham Lincoln, Michael Bay, Robert Johnson and Tommy cooper, that should make for some interesting stuff
DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE, IF SO WHAT IS IT?
Michael Bay movies, I have a weakness for explosions and big fighting robots
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?
I’m in a plane on my way home right now, so home is where I’m gonna be next
NAME ANY TYPE OF PRODUCT IE: FOOD, TOYS, CLOTHES, OR COSMETICS ETC THAT YOU ONCE LOVED BUT IS NOW EITHER DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
We used to have these sugarsigarettes, where you’d inhale sugar instead of all the stuff thats in sigarettes, it tasted great and we thought it looked badass!
IF YOU’VE MISSED ANY OF MY Q&A’S JUST GOOGLE “NEIL MOODIE, DUTCH MONTH” AND THEY SHOULD ALL COME UP OR YOU CAN GO BACK THROUGH MY BLOG POSTS FOR JUNE AND YOU’LL SEE THEM ALL.
SEE YOU ALL NEXT MONTH………