Friday, March 6, 2015

World Premiere Interview: Matthieu Charneau

World Premiere Interview: Matthieu Charneau
by Christopher Uvenio

 23-year-old Matthieu Charneau’s angelic
Not only is he handsome, he’s also brave, charming, funny, talented and smart.

 You have a lot of fans. How did you become so famous?
Matthieu: I won the Mr. Têtu competition in 2011.
So you were the sexiest gay alive in France last year…
I don’t know if I was the sexiest, but Têtu picked me.
How did they pick you?
It’s an online competition. I saw a link on Facebook, posted five pictures, and entered the competition. Readers first picked me as Mr. September and then I became the winner for the whole the year.

Were you naked?
It was sexy, not naked.
I was surprised you never smile in your pictures. How do you feel when you see yourself in a photo?
My pictures are very pin-up. Fashion images don’t inspire me unless they are naked, and you can enter in the private life of the person. You express a little bit of yourself and keep a bit of intimacy. They’re very sexy, but that’s a part of me I don’t show in real life. I want to show other aspects of me as well.

You were in Mugler’s ‘Brothers of Arcadia’ campaign
. How did that happen?
I received a letter from Nicola saying, ‘Hello, I am Nicola Formichetti, the artistic director of Mugler and Lady Gaga. I would be interested in working with you for the next video for Mugler fashion week.’ I thought it was a fake e-mail.

But you knew who he was…
Yes, of course. I like fashion, but I’m not a big fan. I kept thinking it was fake, but I had nothing to lose, so I responded. He responded back, and then there were lots of e-mails until we arranged to go to the studio and try some clothes.

But in the video, you’re naked.
I didn’t know that immediately.
You come from a small town called Châteauroux… Is it all red castles?
No, it is a very old town in the French countryside.

You lived there with your parents, brothers and sisters?
Two brothers.
Older or younger?
And you worked as a hairdresser in Châteauroux, no?
First I studied science, then I studied marketing, and then I started hairdressing.

Why hairdressing?
I had to make a choice.
And this is how you make your living, no?
In fact, I left my job today. I want to focus on modeling and acting.
You have an amazing body.
No, I do not…
Yes, you do! What do you do to keep in shape?
I did weightlifting and a lot of competitive sports with my brothers up until I was sixteen.

Do they have the same body as you?
No, they are very different.
How often do you go to the gym?
I try to go three times a week, two hours each day. I don’t want to be a bodybuilder with huge muscles. I don’t like it. I always want to stay very natural.

Since we are talking about natural, let’s talk about your hairy body. Have you ever shaved it?
I’ve never shaved it. I waxed once, but that was years ago when I was eighteen.
Is your body a reflection of the kind of guys you like?
I don’t have a type.

Really? Could you fall in love with an 18-year-old?
No, I don’t think so.
So you do have a type!
If I saw myself in the street, I wouldn’t like me. I can’t tell you what I like. I could tell you what I don’t like.
Tell me…
We shouldn’t talk about that.

Now that you have the attention of the whole world, and you have the key to enter the world of popularity, maybe it’s time to make your teenage dream of becoming an actor true. Are you studying to become an actor?
I’ve only been in Paris for five months. I do want to go to an acting school. I am taking new pictures.

You’re a natural. Victoria Abril never went to acting school. I could see you in a Xavier Dolan or a François Ozon movie.
I’d love to, but I’m mostly inspired by American movies.
Which American film director would you love to work with most?
Gregg Araki.

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Would you go full-frontal?
Yes. You can’t say no.
What do your parents think about your career?
They are worried, but they trust me. My parents tell me not to do porn. I won’t.

5 Questions for Willie Gomez

5 Questions for Willie Gomez!! Willie Gomez is a model and dancer, currently performing alongside Ms. Britney Spears in Las Vegas. If he looks familiar, you might also recognize him from his gigs with Kylie Minogue, Ke$ha or Katy Perry. (His hips have been known to get around.) On top of that, he comes equipped with a huge, irresistible… Um, smile. It penetrates you with its warmth and stays in your brain forever.

A guilty pleasure you can't seem to quit?

I love to travel!  Haha!  Most people would think I'd want to stay home on my time off from work which is usually touring with different artists but I keep myself busy traveling and getting to see other parts of the world... I just love it!  I can't stay away from peanut M&Ms too btw. Hahahhaa!

A song that makes your heart skip a beat?

Daniel Bedingfield - 'If You're Not The One'.  This is an old one but when I hear it it gets to me.  Love!

How do you like your eggs in the morning?
Scrambled egg whites all the way!

If the world was coming to an end and you were allowed one last kiss, who would be lucky enough to land on your lips?
Chris Hemsworth if I'm single lol and if not, my partner.

Which flavour of ice cream best describes your personality?
I'd say chocolate chip.
Thanks Willie!

Ricki Hall Model Famous For Beards & Tattoos

Ricki Hall Model Famous For Beards & Tattoos
by Christopher Uvenio
You’re not the conventional model. Why and how did you get into it?
I got scouted whilst I was having a weekend with my friend in London. I was walking out of Topman, as just got myself a plain white tee (default attire), and I got approached as I was walking out. I got sent to Nevs, my model agency, and the rest is history.

Tattoo trends are bigger than ever. Talks us through how you go about choosing your tattoo. Can you recommend any products you used when getting them done and places you go to. What messages do they have if any?
Yeah, tattoos are massive in the model industry right now, my mate Ash Stymest and also singer/model Josh Beech pretty much started the whole tattooed model look. However I was the one with the beard and its served me well.
I was with Ash and Jimmy Q (another tattooed model and close friend) at the converse party at the circle tattoo in soho. It got pretty naughty pretty quickly, a fun affair, give models a free bar and its game over!
In regards to tattoo care I just use a good nappy rash cream to rub on them, I’ve always used that and it’s done me just fine! As for how I choose my designs….I can be daydreaming on the tube and come up with a fun design etc and give it to my tattooist and he will incorporate into my ever growing collection.
 I mostly go to Zibi Dombek who is my main tattoo artist. He knows exactly what I’m into and always comes up with ideas that I’ve given him so it fits in with what I already have, he is a great friend too!
Most of them don’t really mean anything, I have a lot of girlfriends names covered up, never get your partners name tattooed on you, it’s a tattoo curse (in my opinion) I have a dinosaur and a coffin covering up a couple of ex’s names.

You have a rocking beard & lots of hair. Talk us through the steps you take to grow it, maintain it etc
I just grew my beard, no trimming or sculpting, that’s a mistake most people make who are growing a beard, they shape it or trim bits, just grow the fucking thing, you’ll know when it’s time to trim, leave the bitch alone. Always put a beard oil or lube on it, I use a lot of the bearded bastards gear and Mr King’s Wax, it’s top shelf stuff. Can’t go far wrong with that naughty gear knocking about your chops.

I get it cut by my good mate Kevin Luchmun ( @kevinluchmun ) he is a wizard with the fucking scissors and clippers. I use Uppercut deluxe hair pomade ( @uppercutdeluxe ) it’s a proper on point hair pomade, can’t praise this stuff enough.

Some key staples pieces a man should own in his wardrobe

Key staples : 5 white tees that fit you perfectly, a good quality pair of brogues, a hand made suit, John Lancaster does mine ( @jlsaicons ) some fitted indigo denim jeans, I wear Nudie or flying Horse, some battered up Dr Martens, Brixton Beanie, Donkey jacket and some Adidas Sambas. You can’t go wrong with any of that racket.

Does a man have to relate fashion to his favourite vehicle or sport. What’s your take on this?

I don’t believe so, I had a 1997 BMW E36 328i and loved it like you couldn’t imagine, but with BMW’s there is something universally magical that you don’t get with any other vehicle, I want a BMW M3 2003 model, such a slice of a car, people automatically think you’re gangster for driving that kind of car, especially as I live in Brixton, fuck it, I’d look dangerous!!

What tips would you advice guys wanting to come into modelling at your level. What struggles have you encountered in modelling. How have you handled it.

You have to be thick skinned and need to deal with rejection! You need to realise that you can’t get every job that your agency sends you to! The quicker you learn that the better. It took me a while to get noticed, but I stuck with it and I have great bookers, they look after me at Nevs, they have an amazing team. I Have a lot of time for them.

How do you stay in shape?

Haha, erm, I drink and smoke quite heavily but I do run a lot, I just use my local park to work out. I don’t go to fancy gyms or classes, a pull up bar, some logs and a large field and that’s enough for what I need to keep trim. I’m pretty lucky in the sense that I don’t put weight on easily, my day will come though where I just explode and will be a big out of shape monster ball crying into his sausage and beans.

Underwear any brand you like? Are you a fan of men wearing lace underwear if so why or why not.

I’m very open minded, if men want to wear lace underwear then why the fuck not! I’ve never participated in this practice but I can’t say anything negative about it as one hasn’t tried it. If and when I do, I might be able to answer this more directly.

Knowing me I’d probably like it. I do love Diesel, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood Underwear. It’s just pretty fucking awesome. You never know when you have to get your jeans off, and when your displaying a fresh pair of Vivs it always makes the medicine go down easier.

What do you think about men fashion right now?

This is a hard question for me and I don’t think it’s something I can really answer, I’ve never followed men’s fashion, I just wear clothes that I know and am comfortable in!
You can’t go wrong with the original brands, Fred Perry, Dr Martens, Levi’s, Wrangler, Farah, Ben Sherman etc with a few later ones thrown in! Men seem to be upping the game now, I’ve seen some absolute slices knocking around lately, what suits someone may not necessarily suit you, it’s knowing your game and look, if you’ve got that covered then you’re on fire.

What painting would you like to have been a part of?
I’ve already been involved in a few paintings, and one I really wanted to be apart of was my friend and Artist John Lee Birds collection, it was such an honour for him to paint me, you can check his work out here it’s fun and outrageously cool.

Mateus Verdelho: SuperModel on The Ruway

When Verdelho turned 18, he moved to a much bigger city -- São Paulo. He was in college at that time and also worked in an advertisement agency. A hardworking and dedicated man, he endured a hectic schedule, balancing school while also working as a model to make ends meet. At the end, he was not happy with the situation and so, he left school, travelled abroad and established himself as a male model.

Known for his mega-tattoos and piercing (although he hasn’t always had that look), this 6-foot-one Brazilian hunk may not be everyone's cup of tea, but he's managed to create a huge porfolio with work for "Terra The Boy", "Abercrombie & Fitch", "Carmin", "Havainas", "Penguim", "Yatchsman", "Dazed & Confused" and "Numero Hommes" among many others.
Now living in Paris (as of 2011), his goals are to be able to help his family and to find the real balance in life: body, mind and spirit. Said Verdelho, "The best thing about modeling is to be able to travel around the world and you can learn by yourself the culture, the language of such unique lifestyles."

As for his hobbies, Verdelho is into extreme sports, specially skating and skateboarding. He spends most of his time with his family, girlfriend and buddies. He likes to go to unusual places, eat healthy, and go to the beach.

World Premiere Interview: Rickie Hall!!

Hello Ricki! Would you like to introduce yourself to my readers?

Ello, my name is Ricki Hall, I am 25 years old and I'm an English model living in London. I am signed with one of the top agencies In London, Nevs Model Agency.

Talk me through an average day in the life of you?

I wake up grumpy and sluggish, piss all over the toilet seat, throw some weetabix down me throat washed down with a strong sweet coffee and then sort my hair out, and then I'm out the door. If I'm shooting that day I will make my way to whatever studio or location I'm shooting at.
If I'm not shooting I will be looking through my emails to get the casting and Go-See addresses for that day that my agency sent me the night before. At the end of the day I will come home, play with myself and then drift soundly to sleep, after an episode of Only Fools and Horses obviously. 

Oh before we go any further I’m going to need your measurements please?
I'm 5,11, 36 chest, 29 waist and 8uk shoe. 

So how did you get into modelling? Did you always think growing up that you were more photogenic than your family and friends or were you scouted like?
I got scouted when I was in London meeting a friend by Laura Amy who is a model scout. I got sent to Nevs and they signed me straight away (I didn't have a beard at this point) and I had to move to London fairly quickly. I was still living in Wolverhampton working in my Dads motorbike shop! I was sofa surfing for a while and living in some right fucked up situations before finding home in Brixton.   

If you had to choose a favourite job that you have worked so far as a model, which one would you choose and why?
Awww mannn, I've worked on so many awesome jobs and shoots it’s hard for me to pick one. One that I will always remember is shooting The Shoes’ ‘Time to Dance' music video with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Name dropper! But carry on…

Meeting Jake was awesome and to shoot a scene with him in Hoxton was surreal. He chased me down the street rugby tackled me and stabbed me to death whilst on top of me. It was a pretty light hearted scene.
 Another was doing my first campaign for Lyle and Scott, it was just exciting to get a campaign under my belt and messing around in a nature reserve in August with fellow Nevs model Alex Libby (who is the curly haired one on Asos) was boss. Oh yeah the 3rd one I loved was shooting for NakedButSafe Magazine in Milan during Milan Fashion Week.
It was with fellow tattooed models Lawson-Rhys Taylor, Dawid Auguscik and Daniel Bamdad. It felt like mates just hanging out on holiday than an actual job. Loved that one. Harrods magazine was pretty sweet we were modelling their Watch collection and I was wearing a watch that cost more than a standard 3 bedroom house in the midlands. It came with its own security guard who had his eyes firmly glued on me just incase I felt a bit chancey and had it away on my toes. I wouldn't have though, obviously. Haha.  
What about a fellow model you cannot get enough of at the moment (and why)?
A model I can't get enough of is Alice Dellal for the fucking obvious reasons. Models I give a lot of respect to are Ash Stymest and Josh Beech as they introduced tattoos into the model industry in a big way. I loved that. Also my mate Jimmy Q (who tattooed my face) has such a look it almost hurts. We are shooting together later on this month with Rebecca Naen. It's gonna be a belter of a shoot. Keep your eyes peeled. 

If you could work with any photographer tomorrow you would choose...?  Terry Richardson, I don't even have to write anything else. 


How would you describe your style?

My style is quite minimal and relaxed. I am always in a good pair of skinny jeans, dr martens and a classic white tee teamed up with a crombie style coat with a nice pocket square. I always have posh pants on too. Usually Vivienne Westwood or Alexander McQueen. I suppose I have a big James Dean-esque look to me, I like the way I dress, it's effortlessly awesome.

And what do you think influences your style? Is it music, film, the London streets,  etc.
 I don't take influences from anywhere really, my style sometimes does take a nod towards This is England with a splash of Fred Perry here and there. I don’t try hard with my style if anything I'm really quite lax. I love that whole '5 minutes to get ready look' chuck ya posh pants on, throw your legs into your skinny jeans, Docs on and head through your tee and you're done.

I top it off with a few sprays of Comme Des Garçon, Wonderwood; it smells like a caveman has just speared a fucking dinosaur and cooked it on an open fire he has just made with his bare hands. Basically I smell like a Flintstones character, probably Barney.

I hope you don’t mind me saying but you used to be quite a big lad Ricki. What prompted the totally dramatic body transformation from gym thug to sample size thug with an en trend beard? It's a good look likes...
Yeah I weigh just under 10 stone now. When I was 20-22 I was massively into weight training and I was 13 stone. I was training 4 days a week heavily eating my parents out of house and home too. I blew up loads, I really enjoyed it, but after a while my clothes didn't fit well and I went off that bulbous look so I dieted down… Fast! I'm lucky I don't have any stretch marks. I lost the weight really quick and I'm glad I did it otherwise I wouldn't be doing the job I do today. I'm happy with my weight now and that's all that matters really. 
Let's talk tattoos. I have two, one on the inside of my arm which says Be Patient and Smile more in Portuguese, and another just above my crotch which reads Force Majeure. Which tattoo of yours are you most chuffed with?

You have nice cute ones.  I just have really random shapes and objects that are interesting to look at and are visually fun. There are no stories behind the majority of my tattoos. I’ve got a few ex-girlfriends names that I've had covered up and a tally chart about falling in and out of love (on my left hand above the coffin with R.I.P above it covering my ex-girlfriends name on my thumb.
How many do you have? I need an exact number.

Maaaate you're fucking kidding me, you want me to count every one of my tattoos, fuckssssake. Hang on 1,2,3,4......122, had to get my friend to help me with that. 
Jokes aside, your tattoos photograph beautifully it has to be said and for someone who has so many you don't seem to have one crappy looking one on your whole body. Do you actually regret any of your tattoos?

Aww thank you what a lovely thing to say, you're quite the cute gentleman sometimes ain't ya. I don't regret any, my tattoo Artist and close friend Zibi Dombek does all mine. I have never been unhappy with a single tattoo he has done for me. I go back home to Wolverhampton every 4 months or so to get tattooed and see my family. ZIBI is such a great bloke, couldn't ask for anything more.

What do you plan to have inked next? Maybes give me an exclusive!
Okay this is an exclusive, no one else knows about this. I'm having a massive stag across the whole of my chest. It is going to look so fuckin bad ass when it's done, I'm semi erect. EXCLUSIVE
So what does Ricki like to do for fun on a day off?

I actually get off at doing the washing up. I'm a domestic goddess. Put me in a room full of dirty plates and half an hour later they come out sparkling, happy as a pig in shit I am, I find it very therapeutic especially after a long tiring day. But when I'm not doing the dishes I'm sliding around Camden in the dark alleys dancing with the shadows, preying on the weak.
Nah, live bands and shit ;-). I've started running a lot too as I've recently given up drinking so I needed something to fill the void, either A-class drugs or running, I chose the latter. You can see me running over Brockwell Park most nights; I don't like the daytime by the way. I fucking love the dark, I feel safe in the night.
If you could be an animal for a day which animal would you be and why?

I'd be a fuckin shark, being all sharky and shit. Swimming about like he owns the joint, eating sexy lady swimmers and ruining any inflatable crocodile lilos and beach balls within a 5 mile radius. 

Your go-to song should you find yourself in a trashy karaoke bar?

Bonnie Tyler – ‘Holding Out for a Hero’. I will happily get slated for this but you and I both know that that is a naughty fucking song. "Where have all the good men gone!" Ha! 

Right there with you boy, with "Where's the street-wise Hercules, To fight the rising odds?" - so sick!  Take it away Bonnie!
What never fails to make you smile?

When I smell steak cooking or when a sizzling plate of fajitas gracefully floats passed me in a restaurant or an all you can eat shrimp place. Cat videos on YouTube kill me too. If I'm ever late that's why, "Where's Ricki?" "Oh he is watching cats looking at themselves in a mirror on YouTube..  he will be along shortly."