Essex-born David Gandy, speaks about what it’s like being one of the world’s most sought after supermodels. The 35 year old has everything you would expect- good looks, piercing eyes and a devilish smile. What makes him a stand out though, are his views on the modelling world.
“When I did my first fashion week in Milan when I was 22, which I hoped to be my last, as fashion weeks are just horrendous,” says David.
“I vowed never to do it again. You’re treated like cattle.
“Not by Dolce & Gabbana, as they have a very different way as they have a very small casting of people they choose. You go to the offices and it’s all very civilised.
But I couldn’t believe some castings where they have 400 guys lined up and they all try on the same sweaty T-shirts that has been tried on by the last 300 guys.
“The Dolce show was the only one I did in my first season and the association continued before we negotiated the Light Blue campaign and the relationship has built and continued and grown from there.”
Tired of being treated like a piece of meat, David continued his loyalty with Dolce and Gabbana after the huge success that came with being the face for it’s Light Blue men’s scent.
After the Light Blue campaign, fashion houses were banging on Gandy’s door eager to get a slice of the action.
“But hang on,’’ says David.
“I thought ‘where the hell were you guys when I was first here’? So no thanks very much!
“It’s the absolute loyalty between the two parties and there is a real loyalty between Dolce and me and that’s how I only like to operate.
“I don’t understand models who do one campaign and then they do all their rivals as well. You have to be clever about what you do.”
Gandy is currently in Australia as the face of the Dolce & Gabbana’s fragrance and caused minor chaos when he stepped out in Sydney recently.
“I was in the studio for GQ yesterday here, and I then actually had 4 hours of walking which I never, ever do,” he smiled.
“I feel guilty for doing that but is was just such a brilliant few hours of wandering to get a feel of Sydney.”
David is very careful when it come to his use of social media. He knows that just one bad photo is all it takes for his image to be spread across the internet. That’s why you will rarely see pics of him out with the boys, or with his girlfriend (The Saturdays Singer – Mollie King) in any compromising situations.
“I use social media purely for my work,’’ he says.
“You cannot be seen in the wrong places or with the wrong people as everyone is now paparazzi at the end of the day. One wrong image can ruin your whole brand.
“I put up the things on social media I am working on but I am very protective about my private life.
“I reply to people who support you and are loyal to you but I am very reticent to expose too much of my ‘other’ life.”
The Essex-born superstar is very well known and admired for his amazing physique.
“Health starts in the kitchen,’’ says David.
“It is all about what you put into your body. I really, really do avoid processed anything.
“Only you can be in control of your own body and your own brand.”
Check out Gandy’s top tips for looking as good as he does.
• Everything starts in the kitchen and it’s everything in moderation
• Stay away from processed foods, processed meats or packaged foods
• Stay away from white bread, pastas, high saturated fats and high sugars
• Exercise and getting your body in shape is all about repetition
• Crunches are a load of crock: “If you want to do the plank do it but your abs don’t just get into shape with crunches. Light weights and body weights are the things to do in repetition. Do ten of each and a stop for 45 seconds and just keep going. It’s all about repetition.”
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