Fimmel grew up on a farm outside
of Echuca, Victoria, Australia, as the youngest of three brothers. At
the age of eighteen, Fimmel moved to Melbourne, Victoria to play
football and study project management at RMIT University. However, his
football career was cut short by a broken leg. He began modelling in
1998, when Fimmel was approached in a Melbourne gym by Matthew
Anderson, a booker from Chadwick Model Management, with an offer to
join the agency. Fimmel later rose to prominence as the star of Calvin
Klein's "Crave" advertising campaign and playing the title role in The
WB network's failed television series Tarzan. First male model to sign
a six figure deal to represent Calvin Klein exclusively.
An avid barefooter, Fimmel claims to go barefoot almost
exclusively. He made an infamous barefoot appearance on the The Sharon
Osbourne Show and is often seen and photographed in bare feet, or at
most, wearing flip flops.
Fimmel has also appeared in two music videos, for "I'm Real" by Jennifer Lopez and "Someone to Call My Lover" by Janet Jackson.