Jacob Hankin was a tradie (a tradesman or day labourer) in Australia when he was discovered by the modeling world, at an outdoor music festival. He is from Liverpool, in Western Sydney, and was hanging with his friends.
He was approached by a scout and asked who represented him. He was 23 and the concert was the 2013 Future Music Festival in Sydney.
He said "I had a shaved head and was wearing my bum bag and a scout came up and asked me what agency I was with and I was like 'what are you on about' and he said 'are you a model?'''
He has worked in a world-wide campaign for Diesel as well as walking runways for the likes of Givenchy, Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana. He has not forgotten his friends though, who still tease him by calling him "model boy."