Wednesday, April 30, 2014

David Gandy for August Man (May 2014)

David Gandy graces another cover this month, Agusut Man Magazine. This time the British model is captured by the fashion and portrait photographer based in Paris Thomas Lavelle, during his attendance as special guest in the front row of Dolce & Gabbana show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear A/W 2014/15 in February. 

Dressed in Dolce & Gabbana for a b/w series of pictures which showscases his personal and distinctive style, he reveals the principal steps in his role in changing the male modelling industry.





THE X-FACTOR

David Gandy. His transformation from working man to fashion icon

The Essex gent on transforming the fashion industry’s male identity.
David Gandy has been involved with Dolce&Gabbana and the Light Blue campaign stars a new partner, Bianca Balti, posing on a boat out in the waters of Capri. It’s still as sexy as ever. On the difference between the campaigns over the years, Gandy says: ‘I got older’


He never planned to be a model, and yet the challenged tradition to rise to the top. Today, David Gandy is the most sought-after male model in the world.

From a topless chick strolling on 5th Ave exercising her freedom of expression to a sign that read, ‘Chinese Hispanic Grocery Store’, it’s safe to say that New Yorkers have seen it all. But in May of 2007. New Yorkers woke up to a 50-ft tall billboard with David Gandy spread eagle wearing nothing but a pair of white speedos in Times Square.

Shot by photographer Mario Testino, the now iconic and for Dolce&Gabbana’s Light Blue fragrance campaign featured then an unfamiliar, yet handsome new face. That image of the 1.91 metre tall Essex-born bloke didn’t just turn heads in New York: it went on to garner an estimated 11 million hits online. Gandy not only became unofficially know as ‘the white pants guy’ of one of Dolce&Gabbana’s most successful campaigns of all time, he became a global sensation. 

Ironically, Gandy was initially considered an outcast in the modeling industry. His muscular build didn0t quite fall into the skinny body type that most fashion houses were after. Then again, Gandy never intended to be a model to begin with. If it weren’t for his friend who secretly signed him up for a modeling contest, he would otherwise have never been discovered. Today, the 34-year-old fashion icon commands a large following worldwide, appearing on some of the most prestigious publications and campaigns. In our recent telephone conversation with him, Gandy spoke candidly about his other passion, his take on the fashion world, and how he got to where he is today. 

Was modeling ever on your mind when you are growing up?
No, not at all. Well, I followed fashion in the sense that I knew of the famous Levi’s and Cool Water ads, but it never occurred to me to be a model. I was in university when a housemate of mine sent in some pictures of me to a television competition, which I eventually won. I went into modelling immediately after university and just sort of observed it for a good five years. 

What do you mean you observed the industry?
The industry was initially obsessed with Dior skinny guy or the androgynous look which didn’t appeal to me at all. I wanted to create an iconic campaign. So I observed how fashion worked and how the successful people got to where they were. The basis of my plan was to follow what the female supermodels did. They had a business structure, they had planning. 

Did you have any preconceptions before modelling?
People seem to have a load of preconceptions and stereotypical views about fashion and modelling but I didn’t have any. I never judge anything until I actually experience it myself. I think it’s foolish to already have a preconception of something that you haven’t even experienced. 

Did people say you were too big to be a model?
Everyone did. The fashion industry is very much like sheep, so when one fashion house goes with skinny guys, the whole of the fashion world follow suit. A lot of people suggested that I needed to get smaller, but I was not going to change. I knew the trend of skinny and androgynous models would change at some point, but it took the genius of Dolce&Gabbana and Mario Testino to see that. We pretty much changed the face of male modelling in many ways. After which, the likes of Calvin Klein and Armani and everyone else tried to follow what we had created. 

How did your relationship with Dolce&Gabbana begin?
After doing the Dolce&Gabbana show for the 2006-2007 season, my agency called me when I was in Milan to say that they were negociating a deal with Dolce&Gabbana. That culminated in the Light Blue campaign. That’s how the relationship started and it just carried on from there. It’s a very respectful relationship. I adore the guys and we’ve created some iconic images and things that people have never done. 

How did you feel when you first saw the giant billboard of yourself in Times Square?
I never ever got to see the Times Square billboards, which was a bit of a shame. I did see the one that was on the IMAX theatre in South London. You never dream you’re going to be on a 15-metre billboard in Times Square or in London so it was a great feeling. But I looked at it from a different point of view. I was very critical of myself and critical of my image. That was also because it was a very different image to anything that anyone had seen at that time.

When you started changing the standard look of models, were people receptive to that or did it take a while to get used to?
It definitely took time. But the industry was seeing something successful in the Light Blue campaign. People naturally tried to emulate it so as to have the same success. I’m not saying that the skinny guys don’t work now, I just think there’s a better mix. There’s a lot more diversity in the industry.

Fashion is always constantly evolving and with that, models as well. Do you ever see it going in a different direction?
A lot of companies and brands don’t even use models now. They use celebrities and sportsmen. So it has changed an awful lot in that regard. I’m not up against the biggest movie stars and sports stars of the world, I think that’ll probably change again and I think someone will create another campaign with a model that people don’t know about. So I think it will go full circle and models will be a lot more in fashion again. 

People say that being a model is all about just looking good in front of the camera. Can you tell me more about what else it takes to be a model?
I’ve learn a lot from Christy Turlington who is very quiet and respectful of everyone. I’ve taken the same route. I am very respectful of people I work with. It’s why the relationship with Dolce&Gabbana has hasted so long. I think Cindy Crawford once said that it’s not a one-night stand but a marriage when you work for a brand. When I go into a company, I’m not talking about one season, I’m talking about the years ahead that we can build the brand and something substantial together. 

I think it’s about having integrity, it’s about having a lot of respect for yourself, the people around you and the industry.

What has changed between the first Light Blue campaign and the latest one?
I got older. (laughs) We’ve definitely changed. The first ad was an inconic one. Now we have Bianca Balti in it, who is much more of a dominant force. I was the dominant man with the girl before, but Bianca is much more in the forefront whit me this time so we have changed it in that respect. It’s slowly changing. It’s really evolved more than anything I think.

This is the latest of several Dolce&Gabbana campaigns that you have worken on. How does it feel to work with the designers and brand again?
To me, Domenico and Stefano are the epitome of hard work, creativity and passion and that is something so evident in everything they do – from catwalk shows to campaigns, they lead the way in the fashion industry. All Light Blue shoots were wonderful, especially the latest one. They capture the designers’ love of the Mediterranean, the ocean and incredible scenery as well as the laid-back attitude. Capri was the perfect location and it was great to be in a location they such a strong connection with.

After becoming successful and famous, dis you feel additional pressure to act or look a certain way that people wanted you to?
I think there’s always going to be expectations when there are accolades like ‘supermodels’ or ‘best-looking man’ being thrown around. Sometimes I feel like I let people down when they meet me because their expectations are so broad. I’ve sort of created what I wanted to be famous or to be recognized that much, but that’s what’s happened so I’ve just adapted to that in many ways. 

What are some sacrifices that you had to make in order to get to where you are now?
I guess one sacrifice is that I’m travelling most times. I haven’t had a holiday in two years. I’ve missed more holidays and more friends’ birthdays, weddings and funerals that I care to remember. That’s the way it goes. 

What is David Gandy like off camera, when he’s just by himself?
I’m still the person I was 13 years ago. I spend time with my family and friends when I can. I also spend time driving as well as doing stuff with charity. It’s a very normal life at the end of the day away from fashion. People will comment that I’m down to earth but that’s the way I’ve been brought up by my parents. They wouldn’t accept it any other way.

Why did you decide to branch out to start your own production company?
The production company was started after the success of the first application (David Gandy Style guide). My other sole trader company just focused solely on the modelling activities. Through the production side, I helped create a few of the short fashion films I’m in and the fitness app. I also invested in British Film.

Did you ever feel that you lacked control over the final creative, what with the directors, brand identities and photographers that you have to keep in mind?
In many ways yes, but you have to earn respect and experience within the industry before being able to have a say with the creative. For me, it’s not about having a say in the final creative, it’s putting a creative team together. It’s about trusting these people and their talents to create something that will not only surprise the audience but also myself.

Lastly, did you buy that friend who entered you in the television competition a pint?
She is a girls so I really don’t think she’s appreciate a pint.

David Gandy Attends Grand Opening of City Social Restaurant


This evening David Gandy attended the opening of Jason Atherton's new restaurant 'City Social' at Tower 42 in London.











David Gandy with (L-R) Jason Atherton, Joe Ottawa & Melissa Odabash

Source:Getty Images

Friday, April 25, 2014

David Gandy by Giles Duley for '100 Portraits Before I Die'

On March 20, 2014 David Gandy announced he would be part of Giles Duley Photography's '100 Portraits Before I Die (100PBID)'. Today, those awaited pictures came out and looking at the simplicity of these black and white portraits, Giles tries to capture the David Gandy's essence showing us a man of stunning beauty that needs no artistic enhancements.


Throught those pictures Giles gives us a uniquely personal insight into the trial and error of returning to portrait photography and we know, through David Gandy's own words what this project represents.
"When I was at the Christmas drinks/dinner for one of the charities I support, Style for Soldiers, I met Giles Duley. I'd heard of Giles as he was an editorial photographer for the likes of GQ, Esquire and The Times. However, the story that he went on to tell me is truly inspiring and who better to explain the whole story that the man himself, from this link.


In short, Giles turned from editorial photography to documentary photography, concentrating on people suffering the consequences of war and humanitarian issues. However in 2011 Giles stepped on an IED, amputating both his legs and leaving him with an arm beyond repair. He should have died, but by 2012 he was on his way back to Afghanistan photographing civilian casualties. What an incredible achievement.
(David Gandy with Giles Duley by Miles Drury)


His new project - 100 Portraits Before I Die - focuses on his passion for portraiture and taking photographs of the many people who have influenced his life. It's a project to rebuild his career and his condifence and I was lucky enough to be one of the 100 people that he chose for the project."(David Gandy's Vogue Blog - April 09, 2014)
Source: EW-agency.com

Monday, April 21, 2014

David Gandy for 'Vanity Fair' Spain (May 2014)

David Gandy and Mariano Vivanco are amazing together once again. In this latest shoot for the May issue of Vanity Fair Spain you can see the chemistry, the love and friendship between them in each and every shot. Mariano captures David's incredibly sensual and sexy inner beauty with his softer playful side in this visually stunning photo shoot. Photographed with Charlotte Pallister the two weave an alluring vision of a couple on a seductive retreat into a world of pleasure and intimacy. With hair by Mr. Larry King, makeup by Ninni Nummela and styling by Carla Aguilar











(Click to play)
Film: Junietsy de Marcos





Spanish Transcription


 English Version - Translated by DjG.com

DAVID GANDY, THE LAST 10 MAN

Since 2006 when he appeared in a perfume ad dressed in a tiny white bathing suit, he has been converted into the world's most desirable man and the first "star" in an industry where only the women have shone brightly. David Gandy, the most famous "top model", talks with us from London about Gisele Bündchen, alcohol, loneliness, nudity and love at first sight with Michelle Pfeiffer.
By Guillermo Alonso

David Gandy (Essex 1980) traverses the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in London in search of coffee. Observing how people look at him is an exercise in sociology. Women pierce their gaze on him and pursue him until an obstacle threatens their physical view. The men dedicate more brief but intense looks as if they are admiring (and envy) that one meter ninety sculpted perfection just before remembering the basic British rules interpersonal space. Sitting down, coffee in hand, he looks at me with the most wanted eyes in the fashion world waiting for a question.

VF- I've observed how people look at you. Does it make you uneasy?
DG- You get used to being the center of attention. In a photo shoot it's all about you. What worries me more is living up to what people expect of me for because of everything that is said?
VF- For example, that you are the most handsome man in the world.
DG- Yes, those types of things.

And after saying this phrase, he coughs. During the brief conversation starter has also rubbed his eyes and has displayed some nasal congestion. These normal human gestures in someone whose name Google autocompletes with the words "most beautiful man" can confuse anyone. But Gandy says of himself, for example, that he has "an enormous nose and a giant ears. I'm afraid that those are the three only things that will continue to increase in size". Once he said he did not think his body was really spectacular. He clears it up for me: "You must be a very weird person to say," Wow. I'm spectacular! Or clearly an idiot".

VF: Which man is great for you, then?

DG: My idea of a man's-man is Steve McQueen or Paul Newman or Robert Redford. For the life they lived and the things that did and said. My concept of masculinity comes from the old school. Can you imagine one of these guys on Twitter?

VF: But you have a profile on Twitter

DG: I am obligated to. But I barely use it.

VF: And what woman is your erotic myth?

DG: I still feel a huge attraction for Michelle Pfeiffer. I've never been one of those who are intimidated when they encounter a star, but it happened with her. It was in New York. It was freezing and she was wearing a trench coat that covered her up here - he carries his hand up to his chin. But I recognized her. She looked at me and I gave her a small smile. She laughed and continued on her way.

He has thrown open a door for me to ask about women, but then the gentleman that I have sitting in front of me intertwines his fingers of his huge hands to form a barricade and offers me a clarification without losing his excellent manners-that he does not speak about his private life. He does tell me that he was late to the world of love: his first long term and formal relationship was when he was 21 years old, although he had occasional girlfriends since the age of eleven.

Funny how with certain occupations the issue of privacy works. Google requires 0.33 seconds to throw out 330,000 pages where you can see the man who will not talk about his private life completely naked. "I think I've never done a proper full frontal nudity. There is always something covered or dark. [After the interview I go back to Google to confirm that the idea Gandy's frontal nudity differs from mine]. I think we are sometimes too sanctimonious about it. Ewan McGregor and Daniel Craig appear nude in their films often and nobody asks them about it. Also, those pictures are artistic and masculine. That is how I see them."

What is difficult to find is pictures of David Gandy dressed. During the photo session he walks countless times in just his underwear. When someone approaches him from his agency and asks him to sign some papers, he does semi-nude. The idea conveyed by Gandy is that if really want to be naked, someone would have to tear his skin off.

David's parents are entrepreneurs ("they had four or five businesses," answers elusively when trying to learn more) and he grew up with his sister in a town called Billericay Essex, who also gave the world pop idols (Alison Moyet) and champion swimmer (Mark Foster). When I pronounce the name of the town almost literally, the model laughs. "It's pronounced Bi-le-qui-ri! - he clarifies it for me -. I don't have much reason to go back there. My parents moved to the countryside nine years ago and the two friends I have left here usually come to visit me in London. "His sister is married to a Spaniard and lives in Benalmádena. "When I'm there and it's fifteen degrees my sister tells me it's a cold day. My nephews came to spend Christmas in Scotland and they had so many clothes on that they looked like dolls without joints. If they fell, they bounced."

Gandy dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but began studying computer science and in his spare time worked for the magazine Auto Express: he would drive the cars to the to and from the test track and then write about the cars that were tested and then they were scored on the pages of the publication. "From time to time I would get a Porsche or a Jaguar. The best job I can imagine for a 17 year old. "His car was a small car that was ten years old. But fifteen years later the situation has changed: the cars that Gandy has today are two restored classics (a Mercedes and a Jaguar) and a modern Jaguar F-Type, which amounts to 115,000 euros.

VF: Are you like those men who personify their automobiles?

DG: They are ‘her’. All classic cars are a woman.

Game Changer is an English term that could define Gandy (although a look at women's magazines and some gay forums would add a hundred more word that are not publishable here). It is that one who changes the industry and proposes a new paradigm. For years the top models that caught the eye of the public from small billboards on bus shelters ha a fibrous body but sort of scrawny - sometimes almost feminine - in which designers like Hedi Slimane had to fit clothes with very reduced sizes. . When Gandy met Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana at the birthday party of photographer Mariano Vivanco (a personal friend of the model and the one responsible for this session) , they chose him for the campaign of their perfume Light Blue . And muscle won . "Until then I had done,more than anything,catalogue work for signature brands and I didn't like it. When I was in Capri posing on a speed boat for that campaign I said yes, this is more like what I wanted to do with my life. "Gandy returned muscle to fashion ( missing from fashion since the late eighties) not only because of his looks but his gentleman ways : he collects old cars, he collects watches and is passionate about interior design. He is entirely in charge of decorating his new home in London, which has just been finished, and also his parents home in northern Essex. There is nothing in his life that comes close to the excesses of certain female colleagues or Zoolanders delirious and boastful storylines. "The worst part of this profession is the cynical and stereotyped ideas that people have about your job. Everyone thinks they know a lot about fashion and before you blink are giving you lessons on it."

VF: Seeking information about you, I found an interview on a British show where you were asked directly if you were gay.

DG: Yes, but that has changed. People had the image of some models ... they were silent. I was the first who came and said: I am a model, I want to be a brand and am willing to talk about my work. Before me none had been interviewed on prime time. How do you expect people not to have preconceived ideas? This was a kind of tiny and secretive business.

VF: So you admire the great men who kept their silence, but you believe that supermodels need to be more open and talk.

DG: It's easier than that: if what they say about you is good, keep quiet. But if that comment is wrong, get out there and clarify it.

Gandy also triggered a small earthquake in the fashion world when, according to the Daily Mail, he had some sharp words about Gisele Bündchen : "I do not get along with Gisele . We didn't agree, we argued and didn't have fun."

DG: I never said that - he says - . Basically the asked me: 'Are you friends with Gisele? '. And I said 'No'. My friends are people I've known for many years. But I have no problem with her. I admire her achievements and I have wondered how the hell she did it.

VF: Last year, a business magazine named you the top male model who earns the most money in the world.

DG: One time we wanted to find out how they knew what we earned each year. And they responded. "We make it up". That list is the biggest lie I've read about myself. It is complete rubbish.

VF: In any case you are in a privileged position. What is your biggest fear up there?

DG: Failure probably - he pauses - . No, no I did not say that, forget about it. I believe in failure, there is no success without it. I don't know what to answer. I'm probably not afraid of anything.

VF: Not even the idea of growing old?

DG: No. And it's something I notice. I play a lot of sport and I've start to feel pain in places where I had never felt pain before. But I think a man gains more respect as they age.


VF: Tell me something bad about yourself. Break the magic.

DG: I think I drink too much - he says seriously, leaving a long silence before adding sarcastically - . It's an English tradition, right?

VF: In Spain also customary.

DG: You have good wine to four euros. It's amazing!

VF: Do you lie often?

DG: I'm very honest. I only lie to my mother when she asks how many drinks I took last night.

VF: Really? You're mother asks you those kinds of things

DG: It's not necessary. A mother knows everything.

The trust between Vivanco and Gandy is shocking. They have been working together for years. Vivanco openly touches his back and chest. He showers him with compliments. But in a world like this it seems essential to strengthen ties with anyone who can accompany you on trips and meetings. Larry, the hairstylist, is also your friend. "I'm always alone. On airplanes, in hotels ... I spend about seventy percent of my time alone. I would like to come back as a dog and that my life would consist of traveling the world while people scratch my tummy - . At one point, while in the room next to where the cover photo is being shot I hear something coming from the empty lounge suite, a vibration accompanied by the voice of Frank Sinatra. He is singing the following: "You can be the king / you can own the world / [... ] But you are nobody till somebody loves you." It's David Gandy's Blackberry, which someone is calling and it goes unanswered. Amid this luxurious suite and while on the other side of the wall the flash of the camera sounds for this model as if it were cheering, the situation suddenly becomes a bit poetic. And a little sad.


Source: Revista Vanity Fair (Spain)

Friday, April 11, 2014

David Gandy Editorial for GQ Taiwan March 2014

David Gandy appears in the latest issue from GQ Taiwan, leading British model David Gandy reunites with photographer Chiun-Kai Shih, following a shoot in 2012 for August Man. Styled by Marcus Teo, David is the embodiment of the return of elegance with simple but sleek tailored suiting looks.



After a few weeks, we are happy to post part of David Gandy's editorial. We want to give a very special Thank You to "Chunky" and to Yao Yao from GQ Taiwan Magazine for all their help procuring the translation for the GQ Taiwan Q&A. Without them it wouldn't have been possible.
 
GQ Taiwan: Q & A for David Gandy

• Do you have a nickname? Or if you have many nicknames, which one is your favorite?

I don't really have a nickname, a lot of people now are just calling me DG

• Do you have any bad habit?

Work too much, don't sleep enough, drink too much and drive too fast.

• Do you keep a pet? (If not, what kind of pet would you like to keep? And why? 

One of my chosen charities is Battersea dogs home in London and I'm an ambassador for them. We try to push responsible ownership. As a person that takes 90+ flights a year it would not be responsible for me to try to take care of an animal.

• Do you cook? What’s your best dish?

I cook a very good Fish pie. I am cooking a lot of Asian dishes now and using Asian ingredients

• How many facebook friends do you have ?

I don't have a private account. Both Facebook accounts are public pages. Together they both reach about 400/500k people

• How do you get over a bad mood?

Usually mad moods are linked to just be tired or exhausted. After a good night sleep, you usually find that things are a lot better and clearer

• What’s your most memorable trip?

Me and my Parents trekked for gorillas in Uganda about 2 years ago.

• What’s the first thing you do when you visit a new city?

I Like to just walk and get my bearings. Walking is a great way of discovering a new city.

• What’s your most memorable photo shoot?

Light Blue shoot with Mario Testino. But there have been many truly wonderful shoots.

• What’s your favorite Chinese dish?

Crispy Peking duck, pancakes etc. I think I could literally eat a thousand in one sitting

• What do you usually order at a bar after a hard day’s work?

An Old Fashioned

• What’s the most important thing you learned so far from modelling/fashion industry?

I don't think I've learned anything from the fashion industry itself. But I have learned an incredible amount from the wonderful creatives that I have got to work with over the last 13 years.

• What’s your favorite movie genre?

Comedy/drama

• What are you reading these days?

I'm restoring a classic Mercedes 19Sl from 1960, so I'm reading about the history of that car and the iconic 300SL

• What tracks are you listening to these days?

A lot of Michael Kiwanuka

• What kind of car do you drive?

A Jaguar F type. A 1950s Jaguar xk120 and the mercedes i mentioned earlier

• What is your favorite TV show?

House of Cards and Mad Men

• What are the three things you notice first about a woman?

Her smile, her eyes and her sense of humour

• What’s your favorite outfit when you are not working?

Good fitting jeans and a t shirt and Barbour was jacket

• What would you be if you were not a model?

I already do them. I write for vogue, gq and the telegraph and other publications. I have my 3 charities, i develop iPhone applications, I'm ambassador for LC:M

• Are you a fan of anyone/ anything?

I support and am a huge advocate for everything British.




Grooming: Scott McMahan for Brooklyn Grooming
Photo Assistants: Alex Muccilli, Colin Simmons, Chris Lee
Fashion Assistants: Drew Van Diest, Leslie Padoll
Production Assistants: Esther Pang, Naomi Zhao
Producer: Clarissa Morales
Retouching: Skin Digital www.skin-digital.com
Video: John Polquin, Alex Hill
Special thanks to: Brandon Reynolds and Sam Doerfler
Shot on location at: Dream Downtown NYC






Behind The Scenes Pictures
 
Source:GQ Taiwan The Fashionisto

Friday, April 4, 2014

David Gandy talks with Prestige Hong Kong

DAVID GANDY, the British heartthrob often mistaken for a Sicilian stud, talks to VINCENZO LA TORRE about life beyond modelling

AH! THE LIFE of a model. Access to glamorous parties; jet-setting to far-flung destinations for the creation of stunning images that will plaster the billboards of cities around the world; hanging out with celebrities and designers.

That’s certainly the case if you’re one of a handful of the so-called supermodels, women such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, who have turned themselves into bona-fide brands and can command exorbitant fees just for walking down a Parisian or Milanese runway. Remember Linda Evangelista, who back in those prerecession heydays, reportedly announced: “I don’t get out of bed for less than US$10,000 a day”?

But for the countless models trying to break into the cut-throat business of fashion, the glaring klieg lights of stardom are a faint and often faraway dream. It gets even harder if you’re a guy, for modelling is one of the few industries in which women by far outperform – and out-earn – the boys. After all, how many male models can you name off the top of your head?

One man who has been able to parlay his success as a mannequin and poster boy into something more than just lucrative endorsement deals is David Gandy. The extremely good-looking and affable Brit, blessed with an Adonis-like chiselled physique and a Mediterranean look redolent of an Italian macho, owes his success to a print and TV ad that is probably one of the most indelible moments of fashion advertising of the last decade.

Gandy is the man whose tiny white Speedos take centre stage in those ubiquitous ads for Dolce & Gabbana’s fragrance Light Blue, the culmination of his fruitful collaboration with the Italian maison. During an interview at the brand’s opulent Milan office – think Sicilian baroque flourishes meets the Vatican by way of Renaissance Florence – Gandy sat down for a chat.

(Prestige)Take me back to your early days in the industry.

(DG) I’ve been in it for 13 years and I’ve been very lucky. I’ve taken a different route in so many ways. I haven’t been doing casting for anything since 2006 and I’ve been fortunate. But that’s the way we planned it out and that’s what people don’t see. The first few years for both men and women are pretty tough. You’re casting a lot, you’re travelling a lot, you’re not getting paid much at all – you’re being rejected; you’re being pulled to pieces. You’re not tall enough, you’re too tall, you’re too skinny, you’re too this, you’re too that and you have to have very thick skin. Day after day it takes its toll. I first went into the commercial market, which is where most models make money, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to work with the best photographers and to create something iconic, which we did with Dolce. I was going to be the best at something or I wasn’t going to do it at all. My agency and I sat down and they couldn’t really believe what I was saying and they said, “We don’t get this. You’re earning good money and some guys would kill to be where you are.”

Your relationship with Dolce & Gabbana really helped your career.

I did my first ever show in Milan with them – it was the only show I did. The shows in general are not the best places to be: you’re cast with a hundred guys and I said I’d never ever do it again. You’re treated like cattle, hanging around, and you’re just a number. Then I did an apparel campaign with Dolce before the shoot for Light Blue. That was in Capri. I was on a speedboat from Naples to Capri with Mario Testino and you finally go, “This might be the turning point, this might be it” and once you saw the campaign, you kind of realised it was. We didn’t know how big it was going to be, don’t get me wrong, but it was a genius way to completely turn the male modelling world on its head from the skinnyguy look to this male Mediterranean look. Every brand is still trying to recreate the brilliance of what we’ve done, but hasn’t really succeeded.

How does it feel as a British man to represent such an iconic Italian brand?

Well, Italy has part of my heart. People know me here and so much has started from here. I feel as comfortable here as I do in the UK. It’s funny: because of the ad, Italians come up to me in London and they’re usually lost or need directions and they think I’m a fellow Italian.

You’ve branched out into other fields. Can you tell me more about that?

I’m ambassador for London Collections: Men, so I’ve been pushing that and I’ve been writing about fashion for The Daily Telegraph and GQ. We’re not asking men to sit at women’s fashion shows. I’m not interested in women’s fashion. Men’s fashion is very different, but my idea of men’s fashion – where I get my inspiration from – is through history, like Savile Row or the military, where it started.


What do you make of the current British men’s fashion scene?

I have very strong opinions about the very fashion-forward designers in the UK and that’s what gets the headlines. They do something ridiculous and put planks of wood in models’ faces, and I think it’s very disrespectful to models and I think you’re going to scare off men. I said that and they didn’t like it, but that’s my opinion. You can imagine a normal guy who buys clothes, and that’s what he sees, and he wants nothing to do with fashion, can’t relate to it. I on the other hand turned up at the shows in a classic British sports car in a three-piece suit with a pair of Steve McQueen sunglasses and men are like, “Oh, that could be fashion.” Of course it’s fashion, it’s design and that’s what you have to relate to. When I talk about history I’m talking about that military uniform from the Germans to the Italians to the English to the Royal Air Force and then looking at Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Bryan Ferry.

What do you make of the many stereotypes associated with modelling, such as the eating disorder issues?

Underfed people is just a ridiculous comment in itself. If you were sitting here with an athlete, with a ballerina, with a dancer, with a jockey, would you be going, “Do you live an unhealthy lifestyle?” An athlete will have a very strict diet, a jockey probably stricter than any model. But we’re all professionals; we use our bodies; that’s our profession. So why not look after it? A lot of female models – and I have dated a lot of them – will eat more than me, but they just have a very high metabolism and they’re naturally skinny and this is why they’re at the top of their game. They’re called supermodels for a reason: they have a tremendous body. If you want to, there’s a lot of pressure. I can talk for men – you must be down in the gym. If they knew what I actually ate on a daily basis, because I have to eat to maintain my size… Another stereotype is about age, but look at Naomi and Kate; they’re still working.

How did it feel to be with them at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics?

Very proud. I was the only guy. It would have been nice to have another guy there. That’s what I’m trying to explain to guys, to push the boundaries of where they can explore the modelling industry and how far they can go with it, and there’s not really anyone taking that perch up. The Olympics was great for London and all the athletes did so well and the opening ceremony was fantastic; everyone had been pessimistic and thought we Brits were going to ruin the whole thing, but it was fantastic. So doing the ceremony was an honour. There was a little bit of me that was utterly scared out of my wits, and you’re sitting there with Naomi and Kate, but the beautiful thing is that when you meet Kate and Naomi we all had a great sense of humour. Everyone thought it would be a bit devious backstage and it wasn’t.

In a way, you seem to want to make fashion more accessible and approachable.

Yes, absolutely. Kate Moss has done hardly any interviews – I think she doesn’t do interviews and there’re reasons for that – but I hopefully give that access to an intangible element of the fashion industry, that I’m a normal guy.

Is that why you called your charity Blue Steel, to show that you don’t take yourself too seriously?

When we talked about how men don’t relate to fashion, you go, “Zoolander!” [laughs]. The charity we started is for comic relief, so you have to have a comic element to it. I couldn’t be bothered any more to get away from that stereotypical Zoolander sort of thing, so why don’t we gulp it and embrace it? So I started my own charity and Dolce & Gabbana helped, and they donated some wonderful prizes. I also have a charity for dogs and one for combat veterans.

So what do you do to unwind and get out of the fashion world?

The gym is my solitary hour, usually at night. I go down there at half past nine. There are also people at home that I’m close to and they’ve got families and they’ve got little children and dogs, and I’ll go and have a good time with them. Apart from that, driving is absolutely my passion. I’ve got two vintage cars and I just got a new Jaguar F-Type.

You also seem to be low-key and under the radar, not into social media.

Well, I’m on the same level as Tom Ford is. I understand Twitter as a marketing tool and I think people have seen the cynical side of it and people are very much doing it to benefit themselves and getting free products and free this and free that. I personally don’t want to know, I don’t want people to know where I am, what I’m doing and that’s getting really difficult now because people are turning into paparazzi.
I go somewhere and they Instagram you without you even knowing and that’s very difficult. The other day I was walking past with someone and it got on Twitter because it came up on my Google alerts. “We just saw David Gandy walking past in Putney. Isn’t it nice that everyone is leaving him alone?” But at the same time they put it on Twitter [laughs], so they’ve just ruined that! I think people have grown up with social media so they don’t understand privacy. But you have the true big stars like Daniel Craig and Clive Owen. You don’t know anything about them and that’s lovely, I respect them.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

David Gandy Workout Interview

The world's most famous male model David Gandy talks with Bethefittestabout his workout, diet, body and much more.

By Tyrone Brennand - Bethefittest.co.uk

 David Gandy has one of the most in demand faces and body's in the fashion world, being a world top model doesn't come easy. Being in the best shape possible for specific events or campaigns requires hard work, dedication and focus. David Gandy has it all, he explains his secrets on staying in shape and achieving a great physique. Such a humble and genuine guy we would like to thank David and wish him all the best!

How many times do you train a week and how long are your sessions?
In an ideal week with no travelling, then 4/5 times a week. lasting 45mins to an hour.

You've been in many famous ads and campaigns often showing great abdominal work, what are your secrets to having David Gandy abs?
I'd actually probably say that my abs are my weakest element. I really do not enjoy working on my abs. Really good abs though are a lot to do with diet. You can work your abs as much as you like, but if they are covered by fat then you will never really see them.

The male modelling industry hasn't always had muscular models like yourself, have you always been quite muscular and in good shape?
I have always been a very sporty person and as a child and teenager I was on every sports team going. So I've always trained, been careful with my diet and taught myself a lot about nutrition. When I came into modelling I wasn't as big or as muscular as I am now, but I've always been tall with a large frame.

Being a busy man like yourself, what does David Gandy like to do in his spare time to relax when not modelling or working out?
Working out is relaxing for me. Wherever I am in the world I will always find a gym to go and workout in, its almost therapeutic and after training I feel a great buzz. Relaxing though for me is driving, whether it be a road trip or racing.


Do you have a specific kind of diet you stick to most of the times throughout the year or do you like to enjoy the foods you eat?
I absolutely love my food, but yes I am careful in what I eat. I am fortunate though that I have a high metabolism and I keep this high, so that even when I'm not training I'm still burning fat and calories.
I eat a lot of protein and stay away from processed foods. I don't stay away from carbs, just always make sure i eat wholewheat breads and pastas. I still indulge in biscuits and cakes but only in moderation, and there are certain biscuits that are lower in sugar and sat fat than others. But i do however always cook meals from scratch and eat a lot of fresh and organic foods.
I always say if you want to be strict with your diet then just don't buy bad foods in the first place and have them in the house.

What is your supplementation like, do you take vitamins, protein shakes etc?
I don't always have the time to consume the amount of protein I need to help muscles recover. So I do use protein shakes. I use vegan plant based protein shakes and when in heavy training, will have 3 a day.

What are your favourite and least favourite body parts to train?
I've always liked training my chest, and I've learnt to enjoy training my back and core which are both now very strong.
As i said I hate training my abs, but I've narrowed down exercises that I know are most effective and get good results in very short time. I also have included exercises that incorporate many muscle groups like squats etc.

Everyone loves to have days when we eat whatever we want, what is your favourite cheat meal and how often do you cheat?
I have to say I don't really cheat at all or have a day off. To me it's like simple maths. Whatever the calories or fat you consume you then work that off at the gym or with other exercise.
I absolutely love asian foods and have always hated fast food. I could eat sushi and thai food every night, which is always fresh and healthy.

I always see people in the gym trying to push the heaviest weight with poor form to build muscle, how important would you emphasize on having good technique rather than the weight your pushing?
I think we always try to push heavier and heavier weights, I still do, but unless you want a very bulky physique, heavy weights and bad form are not going to get results. Circuits, supersets with medium weights with correct form will always give better results and a great physique, you also burn more calories and fat and its better for joints and the muscles.


When programming your sessions do you normally work specific muscle groups for each day your in the gym?
I will usually do 15 mins of abs during a session. The session will then be narrowed down to chest one day, back and shoulders and then arms with another day of circuits.

What advice can David Gandy give to someone who aspires to have a body like yours?
Like i said Diet is 50 percent of the battle. Then its just about hard work, the more effort you put in with the correct exercises the best the results. If you want to see how i train and what i do then you can download the David Gandy Fitness and Training application.

Could you give an example of a David Gandy training week split?
MONDAY -  CHEST AND TRICEPS
TUESDAY - ARMS FOCUSING ON BICEPS
WEDNESDAY - BACK AND SHOULDERS
THURSDAY - REST DAY
FRIDAY CIRCUITS - WHOLE BODY
SATURDAY SUPERSETS - WHOLE BODY
SUNDAY - REST DAY

What would be a typical David Gandy Abs workout?
V SIT UPS WITH BALL (3 SETS / 20 REPS)
HANGING LEG RAISES (3 SETS / 10 REPS)
STANDING ROLL OUTS (3 SETS / 8 REPS)
ROPE PULLDOWNS ( 4 SETS / 10 REPS)
LEG RAISES FROM SLIGHTLY ANGLED BENCH ( 4 SETS / 8 REPS)