#ThisIsMe Love and Fashion with Jodie Petersen and Nicolas van Graan
Couples like Jay-Z and Beyoncé have set a different tone and level to the term ‘power couple’, and in sync are couples like Nic and Jodie.
Pairing their love with the fashion and modelling industry, their immense creativity and romantic flair, this couple creates a new era of an eccentric culture that encourages and enables people to be their true selves – #Thisisme.
Hailing from the mother city, Cape Town, Jodie Petersen and Nicolas ‘Nic’ van Graan both found undeniable success as fashion models for various magazines, campaigns and designers. They are each influential and successful in their own right, they strive for success in their respective fields and support each other’s ambitions. Through their unique approach to fashion and style, they have gained vast experience and success, recognised not only as models but also as influencers, innovators and fashion trailblazers too.
The Queen of Diamonds
“I am just a woman who is wonderfully in love with fashion, styling and hoop earrings” – Jodie Petersen
With her background in retail management and modelling, Jodie easily adapted to her role as the Divisional Fashion Editor for OFFSET online. Just at the age of 21, she has proven that she is ready to lead a fashion strategy, and her undefined and unique fashion style is one factors that sets her apart “My style consists of elements of every style form. Mostly I wear what I feel, in some days I’d feel like wearing something girly and in other days I’ll dress more androgynously” she said. Jodie started her modelling carrier at the age of 18, designers would often approach her and her twin sister to do photo shoots for their collections. Jodie always had a keen interest in modelling from an early age, “I’ve always wanted to model, and was keen to follow in the footsteps of my aunt who was a model during her prime years” she added.
While we’ve had the privilege to witness dramatic shifts in gender equality, we got to see the rise of some game-changing power couples like Jay-Z and Beyoncé who have been able to fuel the success of their partnership, while building an unbreakable and hugely successful empire.
The King of Hearts
22 year old Nicolas van Graan is a graphic designer by profession and he is currently a Creative and Art Director for an online fashion and style magazine called ‘Style me Strauss’. Nic can be described as a pioneer and the creative brain of the group. “As the creative director for Style me Strauss and the leader of OFFSET online, I am a firm believer in breaking limitations and expectations” Nic added
“I do not believe in Limitations” – Nicolas van Graan
Nicholas admits he didn’t really have an interest in modelling before, his friend Darren Wilson, designer of the Menswear brand VNTGE menswear, asked him to model for the collections first lookbook shoot. Taking to modelling like fish in water Nicolas has grown from strength to strength in his career finding success in various projects including Nevs London.
Millions of couples take on the challenge of starting a business or working side by side in the same company. For some, it is the best decision they have ever made. Not only do they get to spend more time together, they get to pursue their passion side-by-side with their best friend.
This whole situation gives new meaning to “married to your work. “I love working with Jodie, we’re so comfortable with each other and everything just comes naturally” Nic concluded.
Photographer: Dune Tilley (@dunetilley)
Assistant: Christiaan Jonck (@christiaanjonck)
Creative Direction: Nicolas Van Graan (@nicolasvangraan)
Styling: Nicolas Van Graan, Jodie Petersen (@jodiepetersenn)
Models: Nicolas Van Graan @ 20 Model Management, Jodie Petersen @ Cover Model Management