It’s been a minute since I’ve searched the internet for a new male model muse. In drafting this post I was shocked that I hadn’t written about British model, Toby Leonard before. Over the past few years I’ve been following his editorial and runway work. One of the things I love most about his work is the gritty street edge that shines through, he’s also a boxer. Come on, those tattoos all over don’t hurt either.
Toby Leonard @ Models 1 London
photos via tumblr & pinterest
One of the things that is catching my eye lately is the personalities behind the camera the stories they have to share. This brings me to photographer Abdul Kircher. I just discovered his work a few weeks ago and just began delving more into his own story.
He was born in Berlin and is now based in New York City. His photographs have a raw quality in capturing the pulse of the streets and a personal depth much in the vein of Nan Goldin. Abdul himself has an interesting look as well. In a recent article I read that his eyes began to change colors when he was young, thus giving him one blue and brown. Makes for an interesting gaze toward the camera lens. Lately, he’s become a subject in front of the camera, as he’s now represented by Re:quest models in NY for special commissions.
Here are some photos of his interesting and multi layered style, which is definitely reminiscent of the early 90s style that I’ve come to find in almost every area of new generation.
photos via tumblr
Check out more of his work:
Tumblr | Instagram | Twitter
It seems that the skateboarder-model hybrid is reaching its pinnacle in the world of fashion these days. Much like the musician-model or actor-model days of the 80s and 90s. Since living in California I’ve been more influenced by skateboarders as models. Not models in the traditional sense of an editorial way but more of a muse and inspirational figure that inspires photographers.
Ben Nordberg is a British born skateboarder for Flip Skateboards. He grew up in Bath, England and started skating at age eleven. Now he’s based in Los Angeles, one of the skating meccas and doing some shoots along the way. Not only do I love his ‘off duty’ style, but his editorial work is pretty dope too.
photos via tumblr | pinterest
German born model Kai Hillebrand is just one of new faces that is hitting the ground this year in the fashion industry. In a recent interview for Bite Magazine he mentions his love of skating since he was 13 and his need for just bacon, eggs, cheese, and coffee for breakfast. Oh, and not to forget the cigarette. Lensed by Katie McCurdy these simple and easy portraits give a quick window into one of my season favorites on the mens side.
Photography Katie McCurdy
Styling Courtney Raniszewski
Grooming Dana Boyer
Model Kai Hillebrand (Q Management)
Location New York
photos via bite-zine.com
I was reading an interview with Australian model & photographer, Grace Small in Oyster Mag a few months ago and it was one of the best ever. Mainly because we have many of the same influences like Kim Gordon and the ubiquitous “Dirty Girls” clip from YouTube. Upon closer look she shares the hard edged sense of an indie 90s model, probably one of the many reasons why I find her so intriguing.
images via tumblr
One of my most recent discoveries is 20 year old Danish model, Sylvester Ulv Henriksen. He’s represented all over Europe but his mother agency is Unique Models in Denmark. A true chameleon in every sense of the word, he was discovered online by a scout when he was 15. Since then he’s modeled in Balenciaga campaigns and appeared in editorials photographed by some of the top industry leaders in the fashion world. This only further cements my desire to do more traveling and shooting in Scandinavia.
photos via models.com
British model and actress, Ella Jazz has an aura of just an all around cool chick. Often photographed by Victor Vauthier, her carefree style and tomboy charm shines through in any given surrounding. Time to cure that humpday blues with a peek into the world of Ella Jazz.
photos via tumblr | victorvauthier
24 year old model Ali Michael is one of my recent favorites when scouring the internet for new model muses. Her disheveled yet dewy morning glow is her signature and for good reason. She’s just got the best fresh approach to the girl next door with edge. Not so surprisingly her bf is fellow model, Marcel Castenmiller who is also quite a photographer as well. Model couples really are just so fascinating. In the latest CKone video ad, she stars alonside Marcel in a campaign that could only be Calvin Klein.
photos via pinterest
Finding a new model is like striking gold in my eyes. This British model is one of the best in the art of transformation. Here’s a look at why she’s seriously killing it right now.
photos via pinterest
Namibian model Behati Prinsloo has one of the best off duty styles around. Usually found in worn Dr. Martens and a 90s flair, Behati owns this “grown-up Angela Chase” vibe she’s got going on. Now she seems to be more famous for being engaged to Adam Levine, but I just think her style is so fly.
photos via tftm