Saturday, June 1, 2013

David Gandy talks to Cosmopolitan South Africa (June 2013)

In bed with the hottest man in the world

Thandanani Mhlanga cosies up to David Gandy

Only very lucky women can say they’ve been in bed with one of the most gorgeous man on earth, and even more so when it turns out he enjoys a good whisky, detests animal cruelty and knows his way around a kitchen.

I’m one of them, and the man is David Gandy, one of the world’s most successful male models, according to Forbes. He hit the big time, literally, when a 15m billboard version of him wearing nothing but white Dolce & Gabbana briefs towered over New York’s Times Square. 

So maybe I’m stretching the truth a little. Maybe I didn’t really share David’s bed. Maybe I was on my bed, and he in a hotel in Milan, where he was promoting the new campaign for the Dolce & Gabbana fragrance Light Blue alongside Italian beauty Bianca Balti. And maybe we were chatting on the phone. But it certainly felt as though he were next to me, thanks to his disarming charm.

The best part: David doesn’t come across ‘model-ish’ at all. In fact, he didn’t even set out to get into the game, and when his housemate secretly entered him into a modelling contest and he won, he thought he’d been pranked. Read on for more about this perfect English gentleman…

What was your childhood like?
I was bullied quite badly at school and didn’t come out of my shell until much later. I didn’t feel like I fitted in. I was quite solitary and independent.

That’s surprising…
Well, yes. Everyone thinks if you’re in the limelight you enjoy it, but I’ve often kept to myself. I think more people should be more solitary. We live in a world where everyone wants attention and I don’t really like being the centre of attention. I do what I have to do for my job but I keep my private life private.

When did you realize that people find you attractive?
I don’t even think people to find me that attractive. I’m still sort of that shy guy who doesn’t think that. Not everyone finds me attractive, just like I don’t find everyone attractive.

But surely you’re of your title as the most handsome man in the world?
It’s a little bit ridiculous, to be honest. Besides, it changes every year. One year it’s George Clooney and the next, Bradley Cooper. You can’t take that short of thing to heart.

How do you deal with the attention?
It’s best not to take it too seriously. Some people know David Gandy, the guy from Essex, and others know David Gandy, the brand. When you’re in the fashion business, people have stereotypical views of you. They think they know you but they really don’t.

What’s a false perception about you?
I think I’m a lot less serious than most people think. I could meet the most beautiful girl in the world, but with no sense of humour, we couldn’t get along.

What angers you?
Cruelty to animals. I’ll never really understand it. Criticism. I don’t mind criticism when it’s justified – but if you do something positive people don’t talk about you, yet as soon as something bad turns up, it’s on Twitter.

Does that make you feel vulnerable?
Everyone’s vulnerable. Everyone’s on Twitter and Facebook saying, “I’m in this restaurant and hotel’ but claiming their privacy is being taken away. They have themselves to blame.

Any guilty pleasure?
I eat a bit of chocolate every day. Organic chocolate. And I’m an English guy – I still love my booze.

What’s your favourite non-alcoholic beverage?
Alcoholic I can talk about, but non-alcoholic? I have a contract with Johnnie Walker; I’m a big whisky drinker. But well, I drink plenty of tea. I also don’t think I could give up coffee. I almost don’t want to say how many cups a day … six or seven.

Is it important that the woman in your life be as health-conscious as you are?
I don’t think I’m health-conscious. I cook a lot. I cook good stuff. It’s important she eats well and enjoys her food, because food is my passion.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive…
Winston Churchill, Paul Newman and JFK

And what would you cook for them?
Goodness. My speciality… I cook a lot of Asian food and I do a good risotto. I think those guys might like a good steak, with red wine, of course. I know Winston wouldn’t have minded a sherry!.


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