Break into male modelling and the world’s your oyster. You’ll have the opportunity to travel and see exotic places, work with some of the most talented people in fashion and front innovative campaigns. If you don’t believe us keep reading, as LUXE Models picks out five of the top male modelling success stories of all time…
David Gandy, who is currently signed to Select Model Management, became a male model after winning a television competition way back in 2001. David has since seen his career shoot into the stratosphere and now he’s a globally-recognised male model. He’s especially known for working with celebrated designers Dolce & Gabbana and he’s even produced a calendar for them!
Bronx-born Tyson Beckford is a model of all trades. He’s primarily known as a Ralph Model Polo model, but he has also worked with iconic names such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger and was even once named one of People Magazine’s ‘50 Most Beautiful People.’ Tyson is also an actor and a bona fide celebrity, having served as the host of both seasons of US television channel Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel and appeared in the video for Britney Spears’ classic single ‘Toxic’ over the years.
Vogue magazine writes that Jon Kortajarena is “the closest thing male modelling has to a sex symbol.” Thanks to his smouldering good looks, the Spanish model and actor got his big break in 2004 when he appeared in Milan for Emporio Armani and Paris for John Galliano. Since his debut, Jon has worked on campaigns for Guess, Versace, Zara, Giorgio Armani and more, even being named one of the 10 most successful male models in the world by Forbes magazine in 2009.
The career of Swedish male model Marcus Schenkenberg shows that you can be discovered by a top male modelling agency at any time. Marcus was scouted while roller-skating in Los Angeles’ iconic Venice Beach and this led to the now-legendary mostly-nude Calvin Klein ad campaign of the early 90s, which he fronted. Marcus has gone on to model for the likes of Donna Karan and Versace and has also carved out a career as an actor, singer, writer and TV personality, showing that going into male modelling can open up a world of opportunities!
Boy-next-door Sean O’Pry shows that in the modern age, you can use social media to start a career in male modelling. The Georgia native was scouted at the tender age of 18, when a top modelling agent saw his prom pictures on Myspace. One of the industry’s fasting rising stars, Sean has since worked with an army of major designers from Yves Saint Laurent to Giorgia Armani and was also named one of the 10 most successful male models in the world by Forbes in 2009. But Sean isn’t just a model, he’s also appeared in music videos, most notably starring as Taylor Swift’s love interest in ‘Blank Space.’