NEW YORK — In the early days of his career the scar on Alessio Pozzi‘s right cheek would invariably be airbrushed out of photographs. One day, however the scratch that his beloved pet cat gave him before he had even started kindergarten became part of his look. By the time clients stopped deleting this characteristic feature, Alessio had long established his career to become the model he is today.

Hailing from Brescia, Italy, Alessio got his start modeling in 2014 on the runway and later in campaigns for Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy. Alessio has gone on to feature in a number of advertising campaigns for the house of Armani, Versace, Calvin Klein, and more. Having traveled the world far and wide, Alessio has come to appreciate his origins in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. So much so in fact that when he is not traveling for work, Alessio is back with his friends and family in Brescia.

Outside of modeling, Alessio enjoys football and is an ardent supporter of Juventus, which he and the rest of Italy believe is a dead certainty to wrap up its seventh consecutive Scudetto title. Alessio is also something of a gamer and if left to his own devices might never leave the blue glow of the gaming screen. This fact alone is reason why Alessio leaves his Xbox and related gear at home when his is traveling for work. Discipline like this is part of what has made Alessio a top model, cat scratches and all!

Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Alessio Pozzi”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management.