The Wonder Years
RJ Rogenski is one of the world’s foremost male supermodels. Since relocating from rural Ohio to New York City in the early Aughts, RJ (born Ronald John) has appeared in countless advertising campaigns--from Dior to Versace, to Belstaff, Boss, and Tommy Hilfiger--and graced the covers of prestigious special interest titles such as Details and Man of the World. RJ took his first series of polaroids in 2002 at the Hudson Street apartment he moved into with Tyson [Ballou] who became one of his dearest friends. RJ landed his first Michael Kors campaign in 2003 shot by Fabien Baron and Karl Templer. In his own words: “I’ve had the great fortune of working with Michael Kors throughout a good portion of my career which I am very grateful for.”
Hair the musical
Also in 2003, RJ made his debut as the face of Hugo Boss, and has appeared in its print promotions as recently as 2013. His Fall 2003 campaign marked the first time he worked with Mert and Marcus, Katie Grand, and Guido Palau. RJ also developed a relationship with the photographer Terry Richardson. RJ says that “Terry’s natural approach to shooting made me feel at ease, and I’m thankful to have worked with him a few times throughout my career.”
2003 continued to be a big year for RJ, shooting with Mario Testino for D & G. In his own words: "This was the first time I worked with Mario, and besides being incredibly nervous, I remember we were all waiting for Naomi Campbell (shocker!) to show up to have her hair done for the group shot. LOL! I remember it like it was yesterday." His streak continued as he landed the Spring 2003 campaign for Burberry. He says, ““This was a big campaign for me, and I was incredibly grateful to be associated with a brand like Burberry. Fortunately, I had already worked with Mario, so I felt confident this experience would be a lot less nerve-racking. Honestly, the shoot felt like a vacation!” Steven Meisel is another photographer who RJ can call a friend. The two shot together for the Fall 2003 Versus Versace campaign. “I've had the honor of working with Donatella season after season, and this is one of my favorite shots ever captured by Steven.” He describes working with Steven Meisel as “a major highlight of my career.”
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY
In 2010, RJ finally got the opportunity to work with J Lindberg. In his own words: "This was the first of a few seasons of working with Lindeberg. We shot this on a beautiful ranch style farm just outside of Sweden. Andres Sjodin and I clicked immediately, actually the whole group did. Jorgen Ringstrand & I become friends and I have had the pleasure of working these two on different projects. They’re two of my favorite people." RJ says that one of the best parts of the job is all of the world traveling that he gets to do. He went to Capri to shoot the Spring 2011 Hugo Boss campaign. “The entire crew went for a swim in the Tyrrhenian sea jumping off the boats that we were shooting on. It felt like a holiday! I’m thankful that my job takes to some pretty magical places."
RJ hit icon status with his Fall 2013 cover of Man of the World; in his own words: "I was beyond honored and excited to shoot the cover of one of my favorite magazines. This was, for me, one of those unforgettable shoots where something magical happened. Working with Matthew [Brookes] is seamless, effortless. He patiently waits for a moment to organically manifest. And Bill [Mullen]’s styling was perfection. Working with friends is so easy it almost doesn't seem like work.” He hit yet another milestone in his career with his cover of Details magazine in March of 2014 with his fellow male model icons. “I was honored to be a part this historical moment, and sharing it with my peers was such a highlight. I remember laughing a lot on set, throughout the interview portion, and after the shoot. This was especially cool as we are all friends and have never been in a room together at the same time before!"