NEW YORK — “I like my job,” says a grinning João Knorr. For the Brazilian native, modeling has provided an opportunity to not only travel the world, but also express himself on a scale previously unimaginable. To get a sense of scale, consider in a but a year since he was discovered, João made his runway debut as a Versace exclusive opening the menswear show in January, photographed with Steven Klein for a Vogue Italia cover story, and landed his first advertising campaign for Dsquared2. These days João is in New York for the first time where he is working regularly.

João hails from the south of Brazil, in the Rio Grande do Sul state capital of Porto Alegre. Modeling began almost immediately for João after being scouted playing volleyball in June 2017 and by the end of the year he would ink a contract with Next Management. Fitness is something for which João has always had a high aptitude. Growing up he played tennis and volleyball at an advanced level. As much as he enjoys sport, this new life of his as a model is something he has fully embraced.

Of equal Dutch and German extraction, João’s chiseled features and peroxide hair call to mind “White Wedding” era Billy Idol, not to mention Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty in Blade Runner (1982). Likeness aside, João is his own man and surely will be drawing his own comparisons in good time.

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