niedziela, 21 listopada 2010

"The Barberian" is a smart-ass. Interview with Edward Barber.

He has the look of those guys from your dreams. When you're waking up sweaty at night and it's coming to you you had an orgasm during sleeping. When it came out in my last place of work that I know him personally two girls in the lift almost fainted and started writing text messages to me to sort some date or meeting with Ed and ask them to come. Is it the magic of the name? Like Edward Cullen? Naaaah, There's only one Barber like that and I am calling him The Barberian. Cuz he really is as sweet and down-to-earth guy as you can imagine.

Fetish: Straight to the point - do you consider yourself as beautiful?
Edward Barber: Tough one to answer. I was a chubby teenager so its sort of ingrained in my head that I'm still that guy. To be honest I don't think about it much, but I'd be lying if I said I hadn't used a cheeky grin on occasion to get what I want.

What is beauty for you?
Beauty for me is as corny as this sounds, innocence. A contrived person who has clearly sculpted their image and holds an arrogance with that is not beautiful. Don't get me wrong, we've all gotta work with what we've got, but an honest confidence or even underconfidence is certainly more beautiful.

Who's Mr Barber?
Well I don't wanna give all my cards away in one go now do I... guess you'd have to make up your own mind when talking to me. My guess is that I'm very, very boring. Models are, right?

Some of them for sure. Not all tho. How long are you a model?
Been a model for just over two years now. Was still at university for my first year modelling, which was tricky to juggle everything. Luckily I managed ok and graduated last summer so now it's a lot easier!

Fashion world is all about sex. Nowadays the photo sessions are very brave, sometimes they are all about the nudity. Is there anything you would never do in a photo shoot?
To be honest there really isn't. I've done a couple of fully nude shoots, quite enjoyed it if I'm honest. Though on one job (I won't name which) the photographer took nude pics for about 10 minutes and then goes 'actually I probably won't use any of these you can put some pants on' (laughs). The ones that can be difficult are interacting, particularly with girls as initially it's a bit odd and forced. In hamburg once I had to be up close with a girl kissing and my hand up her top on the street. People were watching and two cars must have not been watching the road because they crashed head on right next to us.

You have a great body. What's your training program? Do you work out very often? If the secret is pizza and "whatever I want" - I am gonna kill you.
I hate to be this guy, but I'm sorry, I literally do no form of training, gym or otherwise. I guess my daily life is active, and I love to party so I guess that accounts for it...otherwise...nope!

Back to the food - any diet?
Diet is... yeah, again eat what I like when I like. I have days at a time where all I do is binge, then days when I just don't really think about food so it just maintains a balance. I have a huge soft spot for ketchup and full fat mayo... go through a big pot of each per week.

You're aware of your sex appeal, you have to be! Is it easier in life being beautiful and have a great body? Or is it harder? I know many beautiful people that are single... and unhappy. Why?
I don't know, I guess a downside I've felt is being treated as 'a model' and getting a lot of comments sort of grouping me into that, pretty, no brain thing. I just play up to it though, it's more fun when people think they've got you figured out. Know your worth, but don't dwell on your own importance I say!

Okay, let's make the girls/boys wet. Share your secret - what should someone do to take you out for a date?
What you mean in order to ask me out and get me to say yes or what should the date be? For the latter I love just going and sitting on some grass with some trees and talking, smoking etc. For the former.... just get me trashed and 'Im anyone's.

Being in a fashion world you have a full access to many beautiful people - it is said that a lot of them are empty inside. Is it true that beauty always go with no brain?
I find there's a rule, a lot of guy models are pretty chilled pretty cool nice enough to jam with. You get some arrogant ones and you just avoid them. It's female models that are the weird ones. I mean I've met a few who have been lovely down to earth girls, but a lot of them are just: look down their nose at everyone, 'who do you think you are talking to me?' types. Yesterday on a job some girl sneered at me when I said I didn't know J.Lo had had a baby. She hastily told me 'god you're out of the loop, shes had two?.' Dick.

Do you remember your first shoot? How did your life changed till then?
Yeah my first shoot was for Italian GQ Style. We were shooting on a beach which was actually the beach on the south coast me and my family went to when I was little. Felt there was something slightly poetic about that.

What are you working on right now?
May spend a bit of time in Europe and New York, but otherwise Im just taking each day as it comes!

What is your biggest dream?
I'm quite keen to get into acting and perhaps pursue that. I'm a bit of an extrovert and like trying to get my head into different mindframes, exploring characters fascinates me. I think an actor has to be the most mentally abnormal profession in the world, surely. It's only because it goes on the big screen its ok. Random crackheads on the subway telling me they're Jesus are natures method actors right?! Dunno what that says about me, but I'd love to pursue it. See what happens.


środa, 3 listopada 2010

"Well, according to my agent I really need to monitor my chocolate consumption" - the interview with Miles Miller.

There's was a third man I interviewed for my editorial to polish "Glamour" magazine. The most unpopular one but in my eyes he was worth talking to. And I wasn't wrong. Sparkling diamond, that soon will be huge. Next door boy with a sparkling personality. You would never tell he can be a model when you're looking at him. But he's stealing every photo. His romance with the camera, with every shoot is amazing so I decided to share with his charm here. Cuz he's worth it. Miles Miller.

Fetish: How do you feel being a new wave model? You're handsome but skinny. Do you think that the time for very masculine models just ended? All famous models now (like you, Ash, Josh) are very boyish.
Miles Miller: I don't know if the time for masculine models has ended or is just temporairly out of season, but I am very proud to be a part of the new wave of models on the rise.

How did your adventure with modelling started?
I started modeling as a way to try to earn a little extra cash while I was in college. While I was there not much came of it but when I came near to graduation I interviewed with different agencies in New York and signed with Empire. I flew to New York one way three days after graduation.

We all heard all those stupid gossips bout models - that they're beautiful and stupid. But now you're in this industry too. Tell me how does it really look like. Is there a lot of jealousy?
I think that there is only jealousy when you as a model conduct your self in an inappropriate manner, when you believe that because of this or that you are better than your friends then they become jealous. When you make them a part of the success then they are happy for you and you for them when they suceede.

Do u remember your first campaign/editorial? Weren't u scared?
I do remember my first campaign, I was really just excited to be doing a shoot. I dont think that I really grasped what it was for untill later.

U become top model in a very short time. Do u know that you're an inspiration for many young people?
I am very proud to be a role model for many different people, I try every day to live my life as an example that is worth following. One of my greatest wishes is to be a role model for people who come from small towns like me, to show them that if they want to they can go anywhere in the world and do anything they want to do. That they are not limited to what is available to them in the small town.

What are the most fantastic memories from your work?
All of my greatest memories are from when I get to travel, I love to get to see the world and experience new cultures out side of the United States. My first trip to London and Milan definately stands out.

Are there any bad experiences in your work, too?
Everything is going to have a bad experience from time to time but i try to just let it pass and focus on the good things.

As I said, you're a fresh face. Do u wanna be a model for a long time or is it just a part-time job?
I would love to make a good long term career out of modeling, or at least as long term as you can get as a model.

Tell me sth bout yourself that people might not know...
(Laughs) Something that always "shocks" people is that growing up I lived with out electricity.

How does your day look like?
Well it is the middle of fashion week castings here in New York so I'll wake up tomorrow morning and probably go on between three and five castings. I will also try to find time to go to the gym and get a good workout in.

We all know that drugs is a problem in models's industry. What's your opinion bout it?
I think that it is very much a shame that the corrolation is always made between the two, but the problem definetely exists. All that I can hope is that the models who are successfull enough to be the role models for people like we mentioned before are smart enough to set a positive example and rise above stuff like drugs.

Do you have any bad habits?
Well according to my agent I really need to monitor my chocolate consumption. I think that may be too hard though (laughs).

What are your interest besides fashion?
I love anything outdoors, I grew up surrounded by woods for eighteen years so I love hiking, swimming, and just hanging out outside. I love to play sports, always played baseball as a kid. I also trained to be a pilot in college and enjoy flying a lot.

Who would you be if no one would discover you and asks you to be a model?
Right now I would be working as a flight instructor at some flight school building hours so that I could get hired to be a copilot for a small airline. It would be my first step on a long road to becoming a captian for a major airline.

The last question, for all female readers that are so into you. Do you have a girlfriend?
Well there is no girlfriend. I think it is just as well, this industry is very hard to break into so its taking all of my energy to become a great model. At this point in my life I am just more focused on my career.

Thank you and I would like to say I totally adore what you're doing.
I want to say thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this great story that you are doing, I feel very pirveleged. I also feel pirveleged that you have taken notice of my work. Thanks again for everything and I look foreword to meeting some day as well.

Interview was published in "Glamour" magazine, November 2009.
Photos: Miles's archive (Thank you!)