Biography

DAVID JAMES GANDY was born in Billericay, Essex (England) on February 19, 1980. In his youth, Gandy wanted to be a veterinarian but his grades were not high enough to meet the needed standards for that line of study. Instead he chose to study Multimedia Computing at the University Of Gloucestershire. At the same time, a self-confessed petrol head, he began working for Auto Express, delivering the latest Porsches and Jaguars to the track for testing. Before graduating from University, his housemate entered him (without his knowledge) into a modeling competition on Richard and Judy's "This Morning Show" (ITV). After winning, he received a contract with the prestigious Select Model Management Agency in London, became a successful model and took a very different direction with life. 

David Gandy began modeling in 2002. His first five years in the fashion industry were a succession of endless castings for catwalk shows and rejections for various modeling jobs before his career took off. Gandy admits that it wasn't easy to break into the modeling industry "because the trend was for skinny, androgynous guys". Gandy's more muscular build led many menswear fashion designers to move to a more masculine standard.

During the early years of his career, Gandy modeled for a variety of companies including: Shiatzy Chen, 7 for all Mankind, Zara, Gant U.S.A., Hugo Boss, Russell & Bromley, H&M, Carolina Herrera, Massimo Dutti and others. In 2006, he became the principal male model for Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana, annually starring in their apparel campaigns and fashion shows (i.e, opening for D&G in Milan in 2010). His association with D&G also afforded him the opportunity to work with female supermodels Gemma Ward, Scarlett Johansson and Naomi Campbell as well as other high profile male models, including Noah Mills, Tony Ward and Adam Senn.

Gandy has shot with some of the most sought after international photographers including Mario Testino and Steven Meisel. He boasts an envious portfolio of editorial work gracing the covers of VMan, L’Optimum and GQ, along with many others. Mario Testino said of Gandy: “David has something of what the 1980’s supermodels have. He radiates health and positivity. I think he has what it takes to be very big. It’s exciting because it signifies a real shift in men’s fashion. The male model world is changing.”

The increase in his popularity and name recognition has resulted in a broad portfolio of magazine covers, editorial photo shoots, interviews and industry awards. While he continues to be involved in fashion related projections, Gandy has expanded his career beyond modeling by writing a blog for British Vogue (2010 - present), car reviews for British GQ (2011 - present), authoring a column on men's fitness, fashion and nutrition for Telegraph Men UK (2013 - present), developing mobile applications for both style and fitness; and by lending his name to help raise awareness, support and funding for his many and varied charitable endeavors.

Work

In 2006, Gandy became the muse for legendary designers Dolce & Gabbana annually, starring in their apparel campaigns. He is best known as the face of their "Light Blue Pour Homme" fragrance, currently one of the world's top selling fragrances for men. The iconic campaign, shot by photographer Mario Testino, in which Gandy was paired with Marija Vujovic, highlighted Gandy's face and incredible body, making his image recognizable literally overnight. A 50 foot billboard in Times Square and over 11 million Internet hits to view the commercial brought Gandy instant global recognition.

Two years later, he modeled for their 2008 Dolce & Gabbana calendar, shot by photographer Mariano Vivanco.

The year 2010 saw his return as the face of the second "Light Blue" fragrance campaign,  this time featured opposite Anna Jagodzinska. 
Always looking for a new challenge, Gandy chose to diversify into film, making his debut appearance starring alongside Helena Christensen in the short film “Away We Stay” for W Hotels. The film popularity continues to this day, with many fans still requesting a Part Two.

2011 was another tremendous year for David Gandy. In June, the publication of "David Gandy: The book" by Dolce & Gabbana marked the first time a male model was honoured with a coffee table book devoted solely to him. The book was dedicated to, and celebrated, the partnership between Gandy and Dolce & Gabbana over the past six years. The book launch in Italy involved 43 security and police escorts, four personal appearances by Gandy, and culminated with a party for him, thrown by the designers. Available globally in limited numbers, all profits from the book go to the EUPLOOS charity. 

In 2012, Gandy was featured on sixteen magazine covers, in eighteen fashion editorials and modeled for Banana Republic, Lucky Brand Jeans, El Palacio de Hierro and Marks & Spencer. In addition, Johnnie Walker Blue Label whiskey, known for its collaborations with the design and fashion industries, named David Gandy as its new brand ambassador.

In 2013, Dolce & Gabbana released the third variation of the “Light Blue” fragrance campaign featuring Gandy. Once again, Mario Testino filmed the adverts and commercial on location on the island of Capri, in southern Italy. Portraying Gandy's feminine counterpart was Italian model Bianca Balt.
For their Autumn/Winter 2013-14 campaign, high end British shoe label, Bionda Castana, enlisted the help of Gandy to create a very steamy, sophisticatedly sexy film, "David Gandy's Goodnight". In this beautiful montage, Gandy seduces several women who discover, after a night with him, that he has absconded with their shoes. The film was listed at #2 in the Weekly Top 10 Fashion Films List by Fashion Film Network. Gandy's performance was recently nominated for Best Actor in a Fashion Film by the International Fashion Film Awards 2014.

In October 2013, David Gandy made the bold decision to expand his brand internationally by partnering with SM Men's Fashion Stores. Through this association, he became the face of SM Men's Fashion, introducing his brand of easy elegance and class to an entirely new segment of the world.

In the later part of the year, he reprized his appearances in short films, this time working with the prestigious British car manufactuer Jaguar. The short online film featuring Gandy was entitled "Escapism" (September 26, 2013), and featured him driving Jaguar models such as the C-Type, E-Type, XKSS as well as the new F-Type. To quote Gandy, "Driving is escapism for me. That feeling of freedom, it's just you and that car".

The holiday season ushered in the Christmas campaigns, and in November, Marks & Spencer launched their 2013 Christmas Tv advertising campaign, "Magic & Sparkle" featuring David Gandy, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Helena Bonham Carter. The advert showcased Gandy's incredible versatility. In this magical ad, we saw Gandy portraying several characters including a very dapper Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, a sexy Aladdin from the Arabian Nights and a handsome Scarecrow from The Land of Oz.

In May 2014, Gandy made his music video debut playing Jennifer Lopez's leading man for her hit single 'First Love', the second release from her album A.K.A. Once again, Gandy brings an understated sensuality to the video production, drawing viewers in just one smoldering look. The video, directed by Anthony Madler, was shot on location in the Mojave Desert (California) under incredibly challenging weather conditions, making for a very demanding shoot.


Awards & Recognitions

Gandy has been nominated for or received several awards in the modeling industry.
  • In 2008, Spanish Glamour magazine named him "Most Beautiful International Male Face" at an event in Madrid, Spain.
  • On June 26, 2009, Forbes magazine ranked him as the world's third most successful male model, behind Matt Gordon and Sean O'Pry.
  • In 2010, Gandy was the first male ever nominated for "Model of the Year" by the British Fashion Council (BFC)
  • In 2011 ShortList named him the "Face of Today".
It is no surprise that, as Britain’s biggest male model export, he went on to make his debut appearance in the Evening Standard magazine’s “1,000 Most Influential Londoner’s” supplement (November 2011) alongside Colin Firth, David Cameron, Sir Philip Green and Adele. He appeared again for 2012.
  • BFC nominated him for "Model of the Year" in 2012 for a second time.
  • Glamour readers voted him one of the "100 Sexiest Men of 2012" and he was ranked #17 of the “50 Best-Dressed in Britain” by GQ Magazine in 2012. At the end of the same year, Models.com ranked him #4 in the list of "Money Guys" and #5 in the list of "Top Icons".
  • Cosmopolitan named Gandy one of "The Sexiest Men of 2013" and British GQ ranked him #91 in their 2013 list of the "100 Most Influential Men in Britain".
In September, David Gandy is chosen by BoF500 as one of the 500 fashion figures who are shaping the fashion world today and in October, Forbes  updated their ranking of "The World's Top-Earning Male Models Of 2013". The list placed David at #2 just behind Sean O'Pry.
  • BFC nominated him in November 2013 for "The British Style Award” which recognizes an individual who most embodies the spirit of British fashion and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital. 
Also, in recognition of his impeccable style, in the annual list of the 50 best dressed men by British GQ he has moved from #17 in 2012, to #16 in 2013 and now in 2014 at number #10.
  • On March 2014, David Gandy received the very first Rodial Man of the Year Award at the 5th Annual Rodial Beauty Awards in London.
  • On May 2014, David Gandy was nominated by the International Fashion Film Awards for 'Best Actor' for his leading role in Bionda Castana A/W 2013 Shoe Campaign: “David Gandy’s Good Night". The awards, held in La Jolla, are part of the world’s largest gathering of fashion filmmakers.
  • On May 2014, David Gandy was nominated by the International Fashion Film Awards for 'Best Actor' for his leading role in Bionda Castana A/W 2013 Shoe Campaign: “David Gandy’s Good Night". The awards, held in La Jolla, are part of the world’s largest gathering of fashion filmmakers.
  •  On September 2014, he received the The Founders Award at the Scottish Fashion Awards for his significant contribution to the Scottish Fashion industry.
  • On November 2014, David Gandy received the Best Male Model Award at the Spanish GQ Men of the Year Awards 2014 in Madrid.  
 And finally, in September 2014, the American edition of Vogue named David Gandy as #2 of the "Top 10 Male Models of All Time".

Fashion Projects

In May 2010, Gandy was invited to speak at the Oxford University Union, to promote the profile of male modeling and men’s fashion, on a panel which included fashion photographer Tony McGee, the Victoria & Albert Museum's senior curator Claire Wilcox, fashion consultant Frances Card and British Vogue editor Dolly Jones. Prior notable speakers who have debated in the Oxford Union include Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth and Mother Theresa.
The same year, he released the "David Gandy Men's Style Guide" mobile app which he created and produced to offer style and clothing advice to men and which ultimately hit Top 3 in the Lifestyle market.

In September 2011, Gandy was named the spokesman for the Martini’s “Luck Is An Attitude” campaign, launching their model-search competition on the Spanish Steps of Rome (Italy), which were opened specifically for the event.

He was appointed to serve on the British Fashion Council's Committee to launch "London Collections: Men" as part of London Fashion Week 2012 and he is currently serving as official ambassador of the LC:M alongside Dermot O'Leary, Tinie Tempah and Nick Grimshaw.


During the 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony, Gandy was the only male to walk the Union Jack-shaped catwalk showcasing British fashions. He walked alongside models Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Donaldson, Georgia May Jagger, Karen Elson and Stella Tennant. For the occasion, he wore a gold bespoke suit by British designer Paul Smith.
For the second time on November 19, 2012, Gandy had the honor of being a guest speaker in the annual round of table conferences organized by the Oxford University Union. His inclusion was the result of his exemplary professional career.  He was invited to debate the importance of men's fashion with acclaimed editor of Esquire magazine Alex Bilmes.

On April 28, 2013, Gandy participated in the 2013 Vogue Festival as for part of a panel discussing, "Too Fat, Too Thin, Will We Ever Be Content?" The panel, chaired by Vogue's editor-in-chief, Fiona Golfar, also included model Daisy Lowe, child star Patsy Kensit and Vogue contributing editor Christa D’Souza.

On June 18, 2014, David Gandy made his first foray into clothing design, with the announcement of his exclusive collaboration with Marks & Spencer.Gandy  will design a range of 28 underwear, loungewear and sleepwear items for the collection. Entitled 'David Gandy for Autograph', the collection will be released on September 18, 2014. Gandy will also be modeling his designs for the accompanying campaign.


Writing & Other Pursuits

Since February, 2011, Gandy has regularly written a blog for British Vogue where he discusses his career, fashion/style, cars, antiques and life in London. He has also been an official car reviewer for British GQ since October, 2011.

London's Evening Standard invited Gandy to be guest writer/editor of their Men's Issue. His body has inspired fitness-industry interviews, exercise videos as well as his own fitness app which was released in December, 2012. On the 12th of September 2013, The Daily Telegraph launched a new men's lifestyle section called "Telegraph Men" in which  Gandy would be a contributing columnist.

After receiving his racing license in 2012, Gandy was invited to be one of the drivers in the 2013 Mille Miglia (“1,000 Mile”) race in Italy. Each year, the three-day event passes through nearly 200 Italian towns from Brescia to Rome and back, recreating the original races which took place between 1927 and 1957. He and his co-driver, Yasmin Le Bon, were part of “Team Jaguar”, driving a 1950 model XK120. Early in the race, Gandy and Le Bon were “pushed off the road by a competitor” which caused body damage to the fender and side of the vintage car. They re-entered the race, ultimately finishing in 169th place out of 340 back to Brescia.

Charity Work

David Gandy has always shown a willingness and desire to help the underprivileged. Gandy participated in the "Fashion for Relief" fashion show on February 19, 2010. The event was organized by Naomi Campbell to raise money for victims of the Haitian earthquake. On April 17, 2011, Gandy was part of the "Oxglam" team who ran in the London Marathon to raise funds for Oxfam. Other members of the "Oxglam" team included model Agyness Deyn and fashion designer Henry Holland. In May 2011, Gandy modeled a shirt designed by fashion designer Katherine Hamnett. Proceeds from sales of the shirt went toward the Environmental Justice Foundation’s "Save The Sea" campaign.

On March 23, 2012, Gandy, along with model Kate Moss and designer Stella McCartney, made a guest appearance in a special episode of the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous to benefit Sport Relief 2012. Three days later, the UK's Battersea Dogs & Cats Home , one of the world’s best known animal charities, announced that Gandy had been named the institution's first celebrity ambassador.

Additionally, Gandy was named Red Nose Day's 2013 fashion ambassador. In January 2013, Gandy launched "Blue Steel Appeal", his personal charity foundation created to raise money for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day. He headed up a fashion committee including British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush, Vogue UK editor Dolly Jones, GQ Editor Dylan Jones, Comic Relief marketing director Michelle Settle, model Poppy Delevingne, photographer Rankin, stylist and magazine editor Sophia Neophitou and co-founder of Select Model Management, Tandy Anderson. The foundation, which derives its name from the satirical fashion film Zoolander, has hosted a series of fundraising events. The first was an auction on Ebay in March 2013 which included collectible items and fashion experiences donated by Victoria Beckham, Mollie King, Dolce & Gabbana, Lucky Brand Jeans, One Direction and others.
The year 2013 ended with a new joint initiative between Gandy and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in which he put himself up for auction, donating a one-on-one dog walk to the lucky winner. The auction, held on EBay, was kicked off at Battersea Collars & Coats Ball November 7, 2013. The walk with Gandy raised more than £5,000 for Battersea.

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