David Gandy is a British male supermodel of clothing, from underwear to night attire. He has been in this business since he graduated from University and his entrance into the fashion world was quite unintentional.
Some friends of his entered his name, without his knowledge, into a modeling contest as a prank. He ended up winning, and the rest is history. With his handsome features, he has steadily risen to the top of the male modeling industry, which is no easy feat.
He models for clothing giant Dolce and Gabbana and Lucky Jeans and is frequently seen turning heads on the catwalk. But the striking 32 year-old Brit is not fond of the title of supermodel.
“I would sort of just rather be called at the top of the game.”
He adds that the title belongs to the ladies in the business, because they are the ones bringing in the big bucks. He blames Ben Stiller in the movie Zoolander for the negative spin on male models. He jokingly says that his role as a vain and self-centered male model was hilarious.
David has never followed the trends in the industry. According to his account in an interview with ABC News, people were telling him, “‘You need to be skinny, you need to be skinny. Your legs need to be thinner’, and I am not a skinny guy.”
But David carried on and did not let the industry change him. He has transformed the image of the male model, from androgynous to masculine and muscular. And it has worked well for him.
His ad campaign with Dolce in which he was photographed in a skimpy white underwear earned him the title of icon. Millions of people saw him in gigantic ads placed in New York City’s Times Square wearing next to nothing.
“I have a very personal love for that picture,” Gandy said. “Not only me in my life, but it changed the industry and that is not an easy thing to do.”
David Gandy will be a guest on NightlineABC tonight at 12:35 am. Don’t miss it!