Today I was reading an article on Times Online about this year “sexiest” male model - a condition attributed by the magazine after following certain criteria. His name is David Gandy, a next door man from Essex who has worked with a great share of the industry’s heave-hitters. But it wasn’t his personality, his achievements, nor his life what attracted me from that article; but something I had thought about several times, but had never heard from the mouth of an actual model.
You’re probably wondering, what is he talking about? Well, I’m talking about the huge fear some models felt as Hedi raised and the skinny silhouette was imposed. They felt their careers were about to end, and that their fame would vanish away - these men even thought about leaving the business for good. But, as David says, what would they do? Most of them had no other “talents” and hadn’t invested their money properly, so their future would be indeed compromised.
The media rarely talks about this, but look what David Gandy said to Times Online: “Once or twice he thought about packing it in because the fashion for thin, waifish boys, initiated by the hugely influential Hedi Slimane, until recently menswear designer at Dior, and popularized by Pete Doherty, meant that Gandy was pigeonholed as commercial rather than creative. But then he asked himself what else he would be doing (“I wasn’t very academic and I got kicked out of art school”)”