I remember the day I saw Dylan's photos for the first time. There was something magnetic in his look. A killer combination of masculinity and femininity. The body of a man, and a female softness. And those hypnotic eyes. Even now, after a year from that moment I still find him interesting, cause his every picture is a piece of art. My friend said once: I am sure Pussycat Dolls wrote "Don't cha" after seeing him in the club. Hard to disagree with that.
Fetish: This has to be the first question! How a person such beautiful, extremely perfect can be shy? I thought I will jump off my pants when you told me so...
Dylan Monroe: You know, it's funny because you get me in front of a camera or on a walk and Iwon't hesitate to strip down or work but that's work. It's something really comfortable and normal for me. I go out with my friends and I'm really outgoing and lewd and stupid but get me alone and I freeze up. Put me in a room with just me and someone else or just me and a random group of people and I'm frozen. I definitely have my comfort zones and get me out of my elliment and I'm completely useless which I know is why the majority of the people I am friends with Imeet through what I do. Because it's me doing what I do and they just happen to be there. Kind of an ironic handicap.
Let's stay in the topic for awhile. Your pictures are sensual, sexual, u're successful - a lot of people would change into self-confident monsters. What about you?
I'm a complete monster. All of my friends are beautiful, I party hard and catch myself looking for reflections in dull surfaces. Though I'm a very self aware person, I need to constantly be taken away from what I do.... Not just because it would become painfully boring but also because the industry is really not who I am... It's just the field I work in and it's something I love doing but I'm not one of these people. I'm not one to follow it. I like to peace-out after a job, grab some McDonalds and hang out with my friends and not talk about what I did all day. People get really into it and really self absorbed... Truthfully... I just can't be bothered.
How long are you modelling?
I've been modeling for just about 2.5 years now. Maybe a little more. Closer to 3. It's all kind of a blur. Goes in waves where when I first started I had a few really random gapped spread out jobs so the official start is a little in the unknown zone (laughs)
Do you remember how did it started? If I were a fashion agent I would make you my number 1 top model in the agency.
Well, I have this friend (laughs). My best friend. I've known her since I was tiny. She's a few years older than I am and when we met when I was very young, I think I was about 10 years old and she was about 15 or 16, and she said to me "you don't even know it yet but when you grow up you are going to be a model!". She soon thereafter moved to New York city and traveled all through Europe modeling and stuff. We were reunited when I was just turning 16 and we've been in-seperable ever since. I got my first modeling job through one of her friends for their clothing line which then was made into an article in a magazine in LA. Then after that I just realized this is something I really enjoy doing and was really encouraged to do it. I'd have to say my sphere of influence really got me motivated to pursue it as a career and the fact it's something I love doesn't hurt either. The rest is history.
You remind me Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Dunno if it's lips or the look, there's something very magnetic about you. Camera loves you. Have you heard even one - that u're ugly?
5 things you love about yourself...
Well, to the general public: my parents are better than yours; my siblings are better than yours; my friends are better than yours; my pets are better than yours; and I'm modest. I am a really lucky person and truthfully I would never change a thing. The people I surround myself by are all the pieces that make me me and I love all of them and so as it goes...
Now a little bit harder - name 5 things you hate bout yourself.
I don't think I hate anything about anything (laughs). I find a lot of things to be endeering. If I was what everyone expected me to be I wouldn't want to be my friend (laughs). Hate is such a strong word. I always worry about if I do my best and I linger on the past and worry about what if I'd done things differently. I'm spread very thin over my friends and I invest myself completely in everyone close to me. It makes it easy to for people to assume my intentions or feelings aren't genuine with hurts them which in-turn hurts me. Blah blah blah. I love to much but when it's time to love someone I'm incapable. All those things are pretty sucky. I have depth. I think that's the one thing I most dislike about myself and many times so do the people around me. I remember once a friend of mine sayin to me "Why are you talking to that person?" and Ireplied "I'm just being nice" to which they replied "Dylan your not nice!" and maybe that's a sign people don't know me very well or want me to be that way that onlookers see me to be. All I know is I'm glad I'm not that person...
How would you describe your style? It's very avangarde, what's your fav designers? Do you have any fav pieces in your wardrobe?
My style is disgusting. I'm the least fashionable person I know. People are always thrown off by it because in winter it's always all black with black shredded pants and black tights with black spiked boots with black lace and fur and hair and all this crazy shit so I look like a black abominable snowman on stilts but then in summer I'll seriously be naked and don't wear any black and everything's see through and short and no matter what I look like I stepped out of a 70's porno flick minus the body hair. I'm pretty all over the place. I don't really have a favorite designer because I change every day and with each day I can relate more to different styles than the one prior.
U're like a chameleon - every photo shoot the new look. Plus I would love to know what's up with you and your hair? Is it a hair fetish? Can you count how many times have you changed the cut or color? And what's your haircut now?
*Hairflip* my fetishes go far far beyond my hair (laughs) I was born with platinum blonde hair which sustained until about second grade. Then there after my hair turned almost black it is such a dark brown. In fourth grade I started bleaching my hair because I wanted to be blonde, then in sixth started dying it black all through middle school. In high school let it grow brown. Had 5 "steps" in my hair going entirely all the way around my head. Now because of work I'm a little more limited but I have always been one to be up for a quick change. I have en entire book of me with just blonde hair and an entire book of me with dark hair. It's good for if I change it up on a whim because there's no room for my agents to get angry with me and I can still work. Right now I have hard hair again with an a-symetricle low extreme undercut. The length is always changing. I think it's fun to be able to switch it up and important to have a little control but right now basically if I'm shot from one side of my head I have really short hair and from the other side really log hair. Is that a fetish?
What were the biggest things u've done as a model?
I don't know. I've worked with a billion different people and I love all of them. I've had a lot of amazing experiences and I could never pinpoint just one person or one shoot or one designer. Some of my favorite work I've done was in New York City though. Some of the most amazing designers and stylists and photographers I've had the honor of working with were there. I'll play that one safe i think.
Do you think that fashion tries to feminise men? Someone of my friend said "Dylan is handsome because he looks like man and a woman".
(laughs) I think I look like me. I'm the same person I am in my photos. Every between shot of me cracking up because the hairstylist cracks a joke off camera is me. I think maybe now societys just changing and the ideals of a man are just changing. I mean... this isn't the 90's... but I guess everything goes full circle. Maybe one day I'll get really buff and dumb and my dreams of being on new-school baywatch will finally become a reality but for now I think generally we're in a clean healthy in-between. The line between masculinity and femininity is always teetering and I think as sexuality continues to become more corrupt in mainstreem society and people become more and more exposed to... Things that today even maybe considered "over the top" or "in-apropriate" fashion will continue to push these fine lines. Or so i hope...
It is said that fashion industry is all about sex and drugs and everybody hates everybody. What's your opinion about that? Have you met with such people? Any unpleasant moments?
As far as I'm concerned everything you hear about the fashion industry is true. Everything you hear about me is true. Everyone's horrible. I'm horrible. It's like any other industry. It's driven by money but fortunately there's a huge space left and motivated my art and creation which I really appreciate. Really there's no good way to go about it. People work hard and they play hard and assume that puts them above other people and people get mean and nasty. It's all true. It will never change, but it's just like anything else. It's a very competitive industry. It's been the pre-conception about the industry for decades. As far as unpleasent moments... People get jealous and nasty sometimes. The worst things are the things you here for people. People assume the worst of you before they meet you and that is kind of a bother...
Do u have someone u admire?
I admire my best friends... That's pretty much it. Most of them are in this industry. A lot of them do as well the same things as I do. I think it's really hard to meet real true friends while doing this but I have been so lucky and I know that's a big contributing factor to why I do this. Because I'm always in good company and I'm always being pushed and encouraged to do my best and I am always having fun.
Have you ever been dumped? I will die if you tell me so...
I've never put myself in the situation where I could. I'm honestly not really the relationship type. I'm the intimate friends type which I suppose hurts more... but people come and go. I've pushed people away and tried to regain friendships. People like to think you are either together or apart. I like to keep things smooth and keep people close to me close to me. Keep things from getting messy...
If u could be someone else for a one day - who would you pick?
I would want to be my identical twin brother who has the exact same life as me.
Anna Wintour or Carine Roitfeld?
You live in US - how the fashion looks like in your country? It is said it's boring and that London became the capital of fashion.
(laughs) Fashions only as boring as you make it. I haven't been in the US for a few months but it's pretty fucking generic. But like anything it has it's waves. Everywhere takes from other places. I don't know about you but I do what I want...
The last question: every little boy had a dream. What was your dream? And... had Dylan Monroe made his dream come true?
Ha! As a little boy my dream was to grow up and look like one of the guys from 90210 (laughs). I think I got the better end of that stick (laughs). I still dream. I day dream. I always will until Iam dead. I always look forward to the things to come and dream of what may happen tomorrow... It usually does.
Photos: Dylan's archives (Thank you!)