Marcus Schenkenberg (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Marcus Lodewijk Schenkenberg van Mierop better known as Marcus Schenkenberg, (born August 4, 1968), is a Swedish model. He was born in Solna (Stockholm County) and has dual citizenship of both Sweden and the Netherlands. Schenkenberg, best known for his Calvin Klein advertisements in the early 1990s, is also an actor, singer, writer, and TV personality. He has been modelling for 20 years, and is still the highest paid male model. In 2009 he lent his name to a range of eponymously labelled products, that include fragrances, cosmetics, jewellery, a fitness DVD and a bodywear-collection.
Schenkenberg is best known for his Calvin Klein advertisements. He has also modelled for Versace, Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan and Iceberg. In the past he has been signed to Storm Model Management in London, Wilhelmina Models, Success Models in Paris, Boss Models, and D' Management Group in Milan. His present agency is Ford Models and Soul Artist Management in New York.
Marcus Schenkenberg has also appeared mostly as himself in many episodes of different international TV shows, programs and series like V.I.P. (2001), As the World Turns, Stacked (2005), on VH1's fourth season of The Surreal Life or One Life to Live. In Italy these were The Corlucci Cald Show, La Grande Notte del Lunedì Sera, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks (2002) as well as La Talpa (2004), the Italian version of Celebrity Mole. Further he was guest host of an Italian soccer TV program and appeared on VH1's fourth season of The Surreal Life. Schenkenberg has guested in several German TV shows such as the Bambi (2003), Heidi Klum's Germany's Next Topmodel (2006) and took part at Stefan Raab's Wok racing (2010).
In 1997, he published a book, Marcus Schenkenberg, New Rules, which featured numerous photos and personal notes and comments on his modelling career, as well as contributions from colleagues, family members and people in the fashion and modeling business.
In 1999 he was asked by a friend to record a song, which was meant for fun but was followed by a contract with EMI. "La Chica Marita" was produced by Tony Catania and was also released on the soundtrack of the movie Flawless with Robert De Niro. Schenkenberg described the work on the song and video as good experience, but he remained more interested in acting.
Schenkenberg lives in New York and Los Angeles and also has an apartment in Stockholm. He is fluent in five languages: Swedish, English, Dutch, French and Italian and understands German.
During the early nineties he had relationships with the models Maureen Gallegher, Catherine Hardenborg and Rosemarie Wetzel. Schenkenberg dated various prominent women during the following years, including Mariah Carey, Nicky Hilton, Victoria Silvstedt and Jessica Simpson. His relationship with Pamela Anderson between 2000 and 2001 made him more well-known to the public aside from his modelling.
Website Fashion Indie indicates that Schenkenberg is of mixed Dutch/Indonesian parentage. Presumably, one of Sex and the City's characters, Smith Jerrod (played by actor Jason Lewis)-- Samantha Jones' model boyfriend was inspired by Schenkenberg. One of Smith Jerrod's photos was a remake from that of Schenkenberg.