In our ongoing series,Model in the Spotlight, we get up close and personal with the world's leading male models.
Models frequently talk about "keeping busy" when they aren't working, but few are Cesar-Casier busy. Last year, between shooting ad campaigns, walking runways, and hitting the international party circuit, Casier released Model Kitchen, a cookbook that's a testament to the fact that, yes, models really do eat. "A lot of these male models just sit at home and smoke weed if they don't work; I'm not that kind of a person," he said in an interview with Into the Gloss. So our biggest question for Casier was: what's next?
Hometown: A small but amazing city in Belgium called Gent.
Agency: VNY models
How were you discovered? I was discovered by stylist Tom van Dorpe while walking home from school.
Your first modeling gig: A Dior Homme fashion show.
Career highlight: Working with Carine Roitfeld, Lara Stone, and Steven Klein for Vogue Paris.
Career lowlight: Waiting for work.
If you weren't a model, you would be: A chef.
Is that why you published Model Kitchen? Publishing a book has always been on my bucket list. I wanted to make a cookbook about what models eat to stay in shape and to prove to people that we actually eat.
What was the most surprising thing you learned while working on it?That every model that I contacted was very excited to work with me, and that they all loved food and cooking and had amazing recipes.
What do you when you're not modeling or cooking? Currently I'm working on a collaboration with a Belgian fashion brand called Essentiel. I will design 30 pieces for men and women.
How do you stay in shape? I try to work out at least five times a week for one to two hours. I love running, spinning, and ab classes at my gym. I also drink fresh coconut water and a green juice every day.
Describe your personal style in three words: Black, chic, rock'n'roll.
Pre-show or pre-shoot rituals: A good night sleep.
The one item from your wardrobe you'd save in a fire: My costume National leather jacket. It fits me perfectly and my mom gave it to me. I think every man needs a great leather jacket.
Best piece of advice you've ever been given: YOLO! My mom has been saying it to me for the last few months.
—Todd Plummer, follow him @toddkingston