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Sunday, November 20, 2016
David Gandy: Masculine
British model, columnist and charity ambassador David Gandy has
blazed a trail within the male modelling industry since his career began
aged 21. Often associated with reinstating a masculine standard in the
fashion industry, Gandy admits that it was difficult to start out
amongst his counterparts:"the trend was for skinny, androgynous guys who
had bodies more like girls", he told Voguein 2010. Mario
Testino, who has shot Gandy countless times concurs: "[Gandy] signifies a
real shift in men's fashion. The male model world is changing", he told
Vogue at the beginning of the model's career.
Born in 1980, Gandy was awoken to the world of modelling after winning a competition on ITV's This Morning
after his housemates suggested that he enter. Gandy thought they were
joking, but after being entered behind his back he landed a contract
with Select Model Management, the UK agency that still represent him
Passionate about motors, Gandy worked
transporting luxury vehicles to race tracks at the age of 17. The
model's infatuation with all things automotive has endured throughout
his career, forming a topic for his GQ column 'David Gandy
Drives' which he has held since 2011 and lead to him being invited to
participate in the 2013 Italian open-road endurance race, Mille Miglia,
with fellow model Yasmin le Bon.
One of his biggest supporters,
Dolce & Gabbana, named the model as the face of the brand in 2006,
skyrocketing his rise to success with a 50ft Times Square advertisement
of Gandy as part of a Light Blue fragrance campaign. In 2011, the
Italian fashion house published a book solely on Gandy and his
relationship with the brand. He is still a quintessential Dolce &
Gabbana model, featuring in the 2014 Light Blue advertisement alongside
In May 2010, Gandy was invited to speak at the
Oxford University Union, on a panel which included fashion photographer
Tony McGee, the V&A's senior curator Claire Wilcox, fashion
consultant Frances Card and VOGUE.CO.UK editor Dolly Jones. He stated
the importance of male fashion, a topic that he has pushed throughout
his career. In 2013, Gandy was invited to become an official ambassador
for London Collections: Men alongside Tinie Tempah and Dermot O'Leary.
He also writes about his style musings on his VOGUE.CO.UK blog.
was the sole male model to walk alongside supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi
Campbell and a host of other models as part of the 2012 Olympics closing
ceremony. In the same year the model featured on sixteen magazine
covers and eighteen fashion editorials. He was also listed as one of the
Evening Standard's 'London's Most Influential People' and
launched a follow up to his successful style app named 'David Gandy
Fitness and Training'.
The model is an avid charity supporter, named as
brand ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Style for
Soldiers. He was appointed fashion ambassador for Comic Relief in 2013
after which he launched Blue Steel Support, a charity auction that
included a prize of a day with the model.
Gandy is set to release
his own underwear range with Marks and Spencer on September 18 2014. He
has had a long-standing relationship with the British brand and appeared
in 2013's Christmas advertisement alongside Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley
and Helena Bonham Carter.