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We're in a studio in Fulham, a
stone's throw from David Gandy's
home, discovering more about the
UK's most successful male model.
His rippling abs are hidden beneath a dark
denim shirt, the camera-pleasing pout has
relaxed into a caught-off-guard smile and as for
those famous white underpants? Not even
a peep of elasticated waist band in sight.
Step forward 'relaxed, Sunday morning
David'. Or, as our photographer and his
long-time friend, Nina, sums it up: 'Today
we're capturing my mate, Dave.'
'Dave' is devilishly handsome and, it turns
out, far more normal than you'd expect for
an international male supermodel, a man who
is worth more than £12million.
Today, the 36-year-old from Billericay, Essex,
is handling his own grooming and dressing
without the aid of a stylist so arrives, all 6ft
3in of him, with a suit carrier crammed with
clobber from his own wardrobe.
There are no barrier-creating sunglasses
hiding his ice-blue eyes and he launches
into relaxed chatter about a recent trip with
his father to The Oval, where they watched
England lose the Test match against Pakistan.
'Whenever I watch cricket, they seem to lose,'
he sighs, apologetically. 'I'm bad luck!'
S MILE FOR TH E CAMERAS
However, David's own good fortune has been
abundant. Before he graduated from the
University of Gloucestershire with a degree
in multimedia computing and marketing,
David's flatmate secretly entered him into a
model competition on ITV's This Morning and
he won, securing a contract with Select Model
Management as a prize.
In his words, it took five years of 'hard slog'
before 'things changed dramatically' - thanks
to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
The designer duo hand-picked David to front
their first Light Blue fragrance campaign and
its 2007 advert, shot by Mario Testino OBE in
a secluded cove off the coast of Capri, featured
him reclining in a dinghy wearing only a pair of
T H E B I G I N TERVIEW
GA N DY
David James Gandy was
born in 1980 and raised
in Billericay, Essex.
At 17, David had a job
transporting luxury cars
In the limelight
In 2001, while studying
and marketing at
the University of
won a modelling contest
on ITV's This Morning.
He signed with Select
He was named the face
of Dolce & Gabbana in
2006. The Light Blue
shot by Mario Testino,
had 11 million online hits
and was displayed on
a 50ft billboard in Times
Square, New York.
Beauty and brains
have included being
a columnist for GQ and
in 2014, he released an
M&S underwear range.
He is an ambassador
for Achievement For
All, which supports
people, and Battersea
Dogs and Cats Home.
skimpy white pants, while passionately kissing
a gorgeous female model.
It was sexually charged, sensuous and
catapulted David to global fame. He has since
worked with every designer under the sun
and chalked up a stack of industry awards,
magazine covers and brand campaigns.
D&G's choice of beefcake over bony also
heralded a new beginning in men's fashion.
'Back then it was all about the Dior guy, so
everyone was encouraged to be very skinny
and androgynous,' explains David.
'Dolce and Gabbana and Mario wanted a
Mediterranean, athletic, classic-looking guy,
and... there I was. Ever since, the industry has
been trying to almost replicate that.'
EV E RYO N E SA I D T O M E ,
' W HY A R E YO U D O IN G
THAT ?' - OTHER THAN
MY AG E N T, A LL I ' V E
EV E R B E E N T O LD IS I
CA N ' T D O A N Y THIN G
During his pre-D&G jobs and catalogue
model days, David was sent straight home from
catwalk shows because he exceeded the sample
sizes. However, he never felt dragooned into
changing his body - or his dreams.
'I've always done everything my way,' he
says. 'Everyone said to me, "Why are you doing
that?", "You'll never get that campaign". I've
never been given good advice by anyone.
'Other than Tandy Anderson, who owns
Select Model Management and has backed me
from day one, all I've ever been told is that I
can't do anything, "You'll never achieve that".'
It surely takes a strong mind not to listen.
David nods. 'If you have a goal and believe in
it, you'll get there.'
But now men are increasingly popping
performance and image-enhancing drugs to
fast-track their way to body beautiful - and
some argue that fashion icons such as David
Gandy and David Beckham are fuelling the
problem by parading their perfect physiques.
'They're saying there is a problem with men
using supplements and illegal substances
because of pressure and they're saying that
what I've got is unachievable,' says David,
his furrowed brow suggesting frustration
with such negative association. 'Well, it's not.
Everything is achievable. Guys come up and
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