Jon Kortajarena


Full Name: Jon Kortajarena Redruello

Birth Date: May 19, 1984

Birth Place: Bilbao-Spain

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown/Green

Height: 184 cm/6'1


Friends (M): Nicolas Bemberg, Andres Velencoso, Ignacio Valenti, Noah Mills, Stan Jouk, Oriol Elcacho, Joan Pedrola


Biography: Jon was discovered during Fashion Week, when he met a friend attending a show. A nervous Jon had his first professional experience in Cibeles (Madrid) for Roberto Verino and world famous fashion photographer John Yannella (New York) and it went very well. Eduardo Sayas, now his current booker, noticed him and persuaded him to try the fashion world and suggested he go to Barcelona to meet some customers

Being a minor then, Jon had to convince his parents to let him travel to Paris. So he left Bilbao, his hometown, and started stepping into fashion in the French capital. Kortajarena made his debut in 2004 at the fall Emporio Armani and John Galliano shows in Milan and Paris. In the same year, he became the face of Roberto Cavalli's campaign Just Cavalli  shot by Ellen Von Unwerth for the spring collection that quickly jet started his career. His first TV spot was for the sugar-free, Fanta Z “Mediterraneo”, an ad commercial in 2005 which poked fun at the departed Fanta Lite. The ad quickly drew complaints in Britain that it encouraged bad manners in kids, and it became restricted to the post-9pm broadcasts

Jon's runway credentials include walking for Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, John Galliano, and Chanel in Milan and Paris. In 2007, Kortajarena signed with GUESS? and renewed his contract again in 2008. With new campaigns on the stands at once Terry Richardson photographs Kortajarena for Tom Ford alongside Noah Mills. In the same year he was featured on the cover of the spring/summer issue of L'Officiel Hommes  magazine devoting 200 pages to the Bilbao native; making 2008 his busiest year. In 2009, Kortajarena appeared in Tom Ford's feature film directorial debut, A Single Man

In various campaigns Jon is known to be portrayed as having a foot fetish  such as in Tom Ford's eyewear ad., Brian Atwood, and Diesel. In his last shoe ad for Diesel, who are known for being raw and slightly controversial, it has him casually indulging a foot worshiper




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