Janez Vermeiren was born in Cape Town in 1978 and grew up in a very liberal and open-minded family. School years were spent at Camps Bay School and, after matriculating, Janez spent a year backpacking through Europe. As his family is of Belgian origin, he decided to study in Belgium and spent four years there. A year studying archaeology made him realize he wanted to follow a more creative path in life, so he pursued further studies in interior design, graduating in 2000. On his return to South Africa at the end of 2000 he was offered a modeling job and, with little money to his name, he decided to give it a go.
The first job he was booked for was a worldwide Fanta ad and since then he has shot over 100 local and international brands, as well as having worked for hundreds of international catalogue and advertising clients. In 2001 Janez won Cape Town’s beach competition Mr/Mrs Clifton and in 2003 he entered and won the Men’s Health Look of the year award. As Storm’s top male model for five consecutive seasons, he was well prepared to move on to start his own model agency Full Circle Model Management which he did in 2007. The money made from modeling he has invested in buying, renovating and selling properties.
Having a father who is a famous South African artist has exposed him to the world of art and design, which has greatly influenced him in his life. His parents took him along on their regular travels to Europe and the East when he was younger, fuelling Janez’s passion for travelling to the ‘far end of the earth and meeting new people from different cultures’.
Janez is in his element around all types of people and divides his time between family and friends who mean everything to him. He keeps active by running, playing tennis and going to the beach, where you can catch him showing off his beach bat skills. He says he enjoys working and playing hard in equal measure.
He describes his ideal woman as ‘a cross between Penelope Cruz, Adriana Lima, Giselle Bündchen and Cindy Crawford… but definitely not Kate Moss! On a serious note, I really like a down-to-earth, wholesome girl with a good sense of humour who does not take herself too seriously and can handle my competitive streak’.