Ranked as one of the top 50 male models in the industry, River Viiperi’s name and face have become among the most recognized and sought after in the fashion world today. Born on August 4th, 1991 in the electric city of Ibiza, Spain, River’s own parents were initially leery of their son’s decision to give up school to pursue a career in modeling fulltime, but through hard work and determination the young star’s dedication to the craft catapulted him to fame in just three short years. With a youthful vibrancy, yet masculine look, a magnetic personality and a multitude of signature poses, River’s diverse range has allowed him to work with almost every major player in the business. From fun, flashy, youth-driven lines such as Jeremy Scott or Katie Eary to luxuriously flamboyant labels like Versace and The Blonds to more commercial brands such as American Eagle, Armani Exchange and Bershka, there seems to be no limit to River’s appeal. Whether headlining a campaign for Calvin Klein or Tommy Hilfiger, walking the runway for Dolce & Gabbana or Native Son, gracing the covers of publications like GQ Style, Essential Homme and Coitus Magazine, or acting as the face of and driving force behind the Versace for H&M collection, it’s undeniable that River’s allure has drawn fashion enthusiasts to brands and markets of all kinds.
But it’s not only his connection with the lens that makes this young, iconic, fashion star in such high demand, it’s also his connection with his fans. River’s business savvy extends far beyond his career as a model. By engaging and interacting with his followers through social media, video-sharing sites and his blog, ‘Never Back Down’, River has successfully expanded his fan base to include people of many different demographics who may not necessarily have a love for fashion but that share in some of the model’s other passions, which include sports, video games, martial arts, and even scrapbooking. River’s fun-loving attitude, charisma, charm, and his willingness to share this with his fans, makes him one of the few models in the industry to be as well known for his face as for his relatable personality. It is this quality, along with his consummate work ethic and keen sense of professionalism that has allowed River to break from the mold of the traditional male model, bring some character to the catwalk, and become a celebrity in his own right. With plans to pursue a career in acting on the horizon and accolades from industry insiders calling River "one of the more influential male models" and comparing his likeness to such superstar talents as Leonardo DiCaprio, there is no doubt that River Viiperi’s soaring rise to stardom and ever-evolving career definitely make this fashion favorite one to watch moving forward.