Interview I did a couple of month ago with the lovely Marlen over at Paperboats.me
“Men blogs are a real curiosity out there. And so are outstanding unseen ones. But there is always the one exception. A creative, mind blowing example is model and blogger Wiktor Hansson. I got to know him first through a PORTRAIT my FASHIONDAILY colleagues shot with him. When Wiktor agreed to an interview straight away I wasn’t prepared for what I got. Interviews can be extremely boring, especially if they are only done via mail. This one definitely differs, I guess like Wiktor himself differs. I can without doubt say, that he has one of the most amazing blogs I know. Colourful, different, controversial, I’m running out of words. See for yourself. THE WIKTOR DIET.
Who does the photos on your blog?
I shot, style, do the make up/hair, model(obviously) and edit all the pictures seen in the blog.
How did the name „Wiktor Diet“ come into place?
Well, when I started the blog, at the time at blogspot, it was mainly written for my family. I was travelling extensively for work, and wanted to share my experience with them. They’re all into health and sport, so it was an ironic way of saying that my blog should be put into their daily diet.
When did you start your blog and why?
Like mentioned above, I was blogging as a way of keeping in contact with my family. Time differences made it hard to Skype and such, so I thought it was a great way of sharing my every day life with them, wherever I was, whether it was Paris, Tokyo or New York. Started on Blogspot around 2008 and have moved around a bit since.
You decided to join Carolines Mode network, when and why?
I was living in New York, and I had a bit of a quarter-life crisis. I wasn’t sure of…well a lot of things, and the blog was some sort of output for all that. I’ve always used cloths and characters as a way of expressing myself. A raw, one-mans theatre. A theatre I took pictures of, and the ones over at Caroline’s fancied that (2011).
You work as model, what was the most amazing job you did?
Hmm that’s a hard one. Always inspiring to work with the ones who define fashion, may it be photographers like Mario Testino or designers you admire, Stefano Pilati for example. Sometimes you don’t get that sipping tea with Rei Kawakubo and her team in the Comme des Garcons headquarters in Tokyo, well that’s a pretty amazing thing. If you’re into art and fashion, that is. I mean, it’s not Obama. But almost.
Most amazing job? I had just gotten off a Tokyo-Paris-London-Copenhagen-London flight, mind you I was DEAD, and I found myself at Faroe Islands for a shoot. There were sheep at the runway, at the gate, well there were sheep pretty much everywhere, and barely no people. Mountains, the Atlantic ocean and sheep. Most amazing place in the world!
Do you have a favourite designer?
Depends on where I am. In the small minded world of rural Sweden I go for Givenchy or any of the Swedish designers. Don’t want to bother the locals sleeping intellect with complex Rick Owens or Barbara I Gongini. But in general I fancy the darker ones, Rick, Ann D etc. Layers, skirts and good boots. Having that said, I do enjoy what Juun Js doing at the moment. And Japanese designers are always brilliant, now aren’t they?
If you could chose, what brand would you like to model for?
Victoria’s secret? Or at location (Barbados) with some German, big-budget underwear catalogue. Haha no(or yes…) I wanted to work with Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garcons. Done that, so I rest my case for now.
Who inspires you in terms modelling?
Being a male model could quite possibly be one of the most boring professions, depending on who you are of course. I’ve been dancing ballet for years, and love when you can incorporate that in a shoot, so dancing and..hmm, life? People, characters. I mean, it’s modelling. Not method acting á la Daniel Day Lewis.
You have very unusual clothe pieces, where do you find those?
I would say that 3/4 of my closet is filled with free cloths, gifts or trade. So that’s very fortunate(for me and my wallet, god bless) My mother’s a seamstress, so when back home I sometimes order a unique piece, or I simply make one myself. It normally looks like shit, the things I make, but duck tape, clips and a bit of jumping and you’ve got yourself a shoot.
If you were meant to change closets with anyone dead or alive who would that be?
A homo erectus. Would be a dream to walk around naked or in nothing but some skimpy little leather piece in front of the…Swedish meatballs(kinda like the Victoria’s secret girls…) I wonder if they had any conceptual fashionistas back then. Hipsters, documenting their food on a stone wall, Instagram á 70,000 BC.
What’s your favourite photo on the blog?
On my blog? God I don’t know! I tend to hate the ones I upload after an hour or two, so the best one is yet to be shot. But in general, I like when I can look back on a picture and remember what I was thinking or feeling. When the picture’s like a personal documentation, a diary without words (but with skirts and make up haha)
Most exciting project in 2012?
Going back to school! After inhaling L’Oreal Elnett for the past 6 years, one feared if there were any neurons left.
Weirdest fashion item ever owned?
A leather pouch made out of a horse’s scrotum .
If you could have a VIP pass to anything, what would it be?
The past and the future (you did say anything).
Three songs on your life play list?
I Think I Like It-Fake Blood, Terribly Dark-Frida Hyvönen, Be Swarm-The Glitch Mob
Favourite Fashion Week?
Tokyo, closely followed by Pitti Uomo, when just attending. I feel SO out of place at Pitti haha
What did you want to become when you were a child (in terms of jobs)?
Biochemist, biogeo scientist or actor.
Your blog differs from other in the way that there are a lot of creative new photos. How much time do you spend on your blog?
Not that much, or at least not as much as I ought to. An outfit post, with “creative” pics, can take anything from 10 mins to shoot and 20 in post production, to 3-4 hours. So some weeks I spend hours at end shooting, the next week I upload pics from my Instagram (THEWIKTORDIET)
I’m on the path of one of the previous mentioned childhood dream jobs, which one I won’t say. But other than that, I’m going attend some of the remaining fashion weeks, finish the courses I’m studying right now, and then I want all the wonders of life to repetitively abuse me, metaphorically and softly so, so that I never stop moving forward. Life to the fullest!”