A Model Home: Jack Donovan

A Model Home: Jack Donovan

photography by Jake Jones / styling by Paul-Simon Djite

It's no secret we at PAPER are obsessed with models -- from where they party (and who they party with) to where they eat, play and sleep. In our latest series, we're introducing the new generation of hot young things --i n their homes. From bedrooms in Bed-Stuy to High-Rises in the Meatpacking, discover the latest faces in the freshest designers. Next up: Jack Donovan from New York Model Management.

Where are you from?

Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Tell us about your apartment now. What neighborhood is it in / how long have you lived here?

I live in Harlem and I have lived here for three years.

Favorite restaurant in your neighborhood? Favorite store? Favorite bar?

Blvd bistro down the block. Any deli. Paris Blues around the corner.

What is your morning routine like?

I usually wake up like I'm about to be evacuated for a hurricane or natural disaster. I rush to make coffee wash my face, brush my teeth and I'm out the door.

Do you have roommates? What do they do?

I live with my girlfriend, Haley, she's a poet.

What do you love most about living in NYC.

The characters and the humor. Everyday I find something funny about something someone said or did or didn't do.

What do you love most about your apartment.

The light. Being on the fourth floor you get a lot of sunshine.

What Zodiac sign are you?


Any nicknames?

Jack is a nickname. My real name is John. Some other nicknames people have called me over the years: Jacky D. Yon Dons. Yonny. Donny. Donny boy.

If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Abraham Lincoln. For obvious reasons, civil war, emancipation proclamation etc. But also I find it interesting that he was president really only during the war, he was killed right after the war in April of 1865. There's something divine and meant to be about his existence for that reason. He also came from very humble beginnings in Kentucky to being the president, so his perspective, I think would be fascinating.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Getting my own apartment in New York City.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Reading, listening to records, writing songs.

What's your spirit animal?

Pit bull

Biggest vice?


What's your favorite late night snack?


If you could change the world, how would you do it?

Go back in time and prevent European colonialism and the irreparable destruction it caused on pretty much every corner of the earth.

Favorite color?

Blue because it's soothing.

Have you ever been in love?

I've been in love twice. I'm in love with my girlfriend right now.

Describe your style?

'80s bookish grunge.

Favorite place you've ever traveled to?

Rome. I love history, so seeing the ruins of Palatine Hill and the Colosseum was amazing.

Where would you like to travel to?

Paris, London, Cairo, Jerusalem, Berlin. Anywhere really.

Favorite song to dance to?

Anything by James Brown or Michael Jackson. But probably "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson. That song is just insane, I love that whole album.

Describe your happy place.

Dauphine Island bird sanctuary on the gulf coast of Alabama right outside of Mobile.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Flying, hands down.

Favorite movie?


Tell us about your first kiss.

Had my first kiss at my best friend's bar mitzvah when I was 13. During the reception my friend kept saying that this girl liked me, so after a couple glasses of Manischewitz and loaves of challah I mustered up the courage to ask her to dance and we kissed on the dance floor.

Favorite model of all-time?

I don't think I have a favorite model, but one guy who's style and hair I really like is Matthew Davidson.

Who would you most like to work with?

I'm really into Kat Irlin's photography. Her images are super unique and interesting. Most of her pictures engage me like a nicely phrased sentence or jazz solo.

Fashion dream/goal?

I suppose some type of integration with my music where one thing feeds off and informs the other in terms of persona and ultimately to make my living off of both careers. That's vague and ambiguous, but I think making your goals too specific puts unnecessary blinders on yourself and inhibits you from stopping and smelling the roses, so to speak.

Grooming by Alicia Campbell at See Managament

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