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Perhaps you know little of the male modeling industry except for what you saw in Zoolander (2001), which starred Ben Stiller as an easily manipulated, self-centered male model. The film had audiences everywhere practicing their “Blue Steel” look, while stereotyping male models with every shallow affectation in the book.

But not all male models are created equal, and most can be credited with more than just being really, ridiculously good looking. Some are sports heroes, scholars, others have become stars of the big screen. And as you’ll come to learn, being pretty isn’t always easy!

Apart from good looks, the models we are featuring in this story have the strength and talent to take them to the tippy top of fashion stardom. Even supermodel Tyra Banks herself learned to appreciate the opposite sex in her career field; cycle 20 of ANTM (America’s Next Top Model) featured both guys and girls competing for the first time, which aired in August of 2013. And just as with the girls, it’s time to acknowledge and appreciate the many achievements of America’s top male models!

Top Male Models Ever
You may not know the names, but you have surely seen the faces. Vogue has made an impressive list of the top 25 male models ever, and the entire list is definitely worth review. Here are just a few of the studly standouts.....

Hoyt Richards20. Hoyt Richards | Storm Models
Now 46, Richards has been modeling since he was 21. The blonde, blue-eyed, 6’1” American model is regarded by many to be the first male supermodel. He’s an all-American boy, having played football and studied Economics at Princeton University. After a football injury forced him to stop playing, he was spotted by a casting director in New York and the rest is history. He has since appeared in over 25 issues of GQ, and has been in hundreds of advertising campaigns and commercials, some of which include fashion designers Gianni Versace, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Cartier and Donna Karen.


Jason Lewis6. Jason Lewis
After attending school in San Diego where he also waited tables at a restaurant, Lewis saved every penny so he could afford to go to Europe. He took a trip to Paris at the suggestion of a model scout, and the rest is history. It wasn’t long before the American hottie was walking in shows in Milan, and then landed campaigns with GUESS?, Tommy Hilfiger, Boss and Ray Ban. Lewis, now 42, was nominated for Male Model of the Year at the VH1 Fashion Music Awards in 1996. While his modeling career soared, he began taking private acting lessons, which lead to his landing the role as Samantha Jones’s boyfriend, Smith Jarrod, in the Sex and the City series and films.

Jeff Aquilon5. Jeff Aquilon
For some reason, Aquilon’s name is often overlooked when the top male models are mentioned. It’s a shame, considering that the 6’2” American model helped propel male modes to a respectable level, as something more than just props, or dates for female supermodels of the time. Thanks to him, the guys have finally taken their rightful place beside the girls! In 1977, Aquilon was Captain of the Water Polo team at Pepperdine University in Malibu, where he first met famed photographer Bruce Weber. After Weber shot a now legendary photo of Aquilon’s ripped, athletic chest, male models started to be used as a focal point, instead of a background image. As Vogue stated, “Aquilon is to the male model world what the world wide web is to the internet."

And now, for the number one male model of all time! We give you... drumroll, please...

Mark Vanderloo

1. Mark Vanderloo | Wilhemina Models NY
Vanderloo is an example of one of those cases where someone beautiful just sort of falls into the world of modeling, and becomes a superstar pretty much overnight. After accompanying his model girlfriend to a shoot for the “Got Milk?” ad campaigin in Holland, the photographer decided he liked the look of the two together, and asked Vanderloo to jump in front of the camera. Soon afterwards, Vanderloo got a call from a local modeling agency offering not only to sign him, but to pay him, a very appealing offer to a broke college student. He moved to Manhattan in 1994 and soon became the face of Calvin Klein’s Obsession campaign. He was quickly dubbed one of the “FAB 4”,  who in 1996 became the first men to be featured on the cover of popular women’s magazine Marie Claire. The 6’2” Dutch legend, now 45, has starred in Hugo Boss’s black-and-white print and billboard ads since 2005. At one time, Vanderloo landed three major campaigns within 12 weeks, including DKNY, Hugo Boss, and Calvin Klein.

You can check out the full list of Vogue’s Top 25 Male Models Ever here:

David GandyHonorable Mention  | David Gandy
Super-male-model David Gandy has been credited with changing the look of the male model in the early 2000’s. He got his start in the industry when Dior dictated the look to have for guys; it was a skinny, androgynous look, the polar opposite of sexy Gandy. In 2006, Dolce & Gabbana took notice of Gandy and took a chance. The now legendary photo of Gandy lounging in a white speedo on a boat, was posted on a 50-ft-high billboard in NYC’s Times Square to promote the Light Blue men’s fragrance. Those washboard abs and chiseled jawline made him stand out in a big way, and launched his career to heights he never imagined.

Top Male Models Today
Now that you’ve had a chance to review some of the top models of all time, let’s continue with fresh eye candy. The top male models today are young, foreign, and fashion forward. Here are some of the top male models today:

Baptiste RadulfeBaptiste Radufe | VNY Model Management
Some of this Frenchie’s latest work includes Fall 2014 campaigns with Kenneth Cole and AG Adriano Goldschmied, as well as walking the runway for Michael Kors, Hermes, Lacoste, and more. He became a major star after his 2012 campaign with Yves St. Laurent.

Benjamin Eidem Benjamin Eidem | Request Model Management NY
The young Swedish star has recently appeared in the Fall campaigns for Lavin Sport, Zara Man, and Michael Kors, and Spring campaigns for Emporio Armani and H&M Men.

Clement Chabernaud Clement Chabernaud | IMG (NY)
Chabernaud, a native of Paris, has graced the Fall 2014 campaigns for Gucci, H&M, and H.E. by Mango, and the Spring 2014 campaigns for Theory, Sisley, and De Fursac, just to name a few. Not too shabby for a young man of 25!

Simon Nessman Simon Nessman | Storm Model Management (London)
The baby-faced Canadian was recently featured in the Fall  campaigns for Aldo, Armani Exchange, and Sisley, and the Spring 2014 campaign for Michael Kors.

And today’s top dog is..............................





Sean O'pry Sean O’Pry | VNY Model Management
A native of Kennesaw, GA, this Georgia peach was recently featured in the Fall 2014 campaigns for Porsche Design, Jimmy Choo, Sarar, and Brioni, as well as Spring 2014 campaigns for Colcci, Salvatorre Ferragamo, and Hermes.




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