Bronx-born Beckford can thank his Jamaican, Panamanian, Chinese, and African roots for his smoldering and versatile look and that bone structure! People magazine once named him to its 50 Most Beautiful People list, and he is among the rare male models to successfully cross over into celebritydom. Our favorite dip in the entertainment pool? David: The Dolce boy. His eyes match. Where David has Dolce, Brad has Chanel.
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The idea of men earning a living for simply wearing clothes smacked of unappealing traits — narcissism, unintelligence and a lack of seriousness. Contrary to public perception, the necessary qualities are much more ineffable than simply being classically good-looking. Yes, you typically need to be tall and have good bone structure. But the dynamic of what constitutes a male model is always changing, and it no longer ends at being able to out-pout Ben Stiller. So how do you go about making it your career? The fact is that there are so many male models now who could all, more or less, do the same job that clients are increasingly looking for difference. Some agencies hold open days, during which anyone can show up, while others take their chances outside of these hours. Instead, the vast majority of models are scouted: approached by a representative of an agency, or a more experienced model. And these scouts look everywhere: from music festivals to shopping centres to Instagram. A decade ago male models were typically pigeon-holed into a particular kind of work.
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