Fashion model David Gandy was one of the most popular male models in 2017. Will he be on the list of 2018?
The British David James Gandy, became a successful model after winning a television competition in 2001. In an industry dominated by extremely thin men, Gandy’s muscular build caught the eye of Italian fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana. For several years, the duo featured him in their campaigns and fashion shows, ultimately leading other designers to move to a more masculine standard. Gandy has been the face of D&G’s Light Blue fragrance since 2006, shooting multiple campaigns and touring internationally as the brand’s ambassador. The increase in his popularity and name recognition resulted in a broad portfolio of clients, magazine covers, editorial photo shoots, interviews, industry awards and television appearances.
Having gained a reputation for his personal style, Gandy began writing a blog for British Vogue and lifestyle articles for Telegraph Men. He also launched two mobile apps: one for physical fitness and the other for style tips. Soon thereafter, Gandy was appointed by the British Fashion Council to their committee for ‘London Collections: Men’ to be a representative of the British fashion industry. In 2014, he moved beyond modeling to designing his own range of underwear, lounge-wear, and swimwear for Marks & Spencer, which became one of the company’s top-selling clothing lines. Gandy was repeatedly included on British GQ‘s list of ‘Best Dressed Men’ and was named the ‘Most Stylish Man of the Year’ in 2015 at their Men of the Year awards gala.
Gandy started his own production company and has invested in small companies and film projects. He has also participated in numerous charity fundraisers, most prominently as the celebrity ambassador for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Style for Soldiers charity and the ‘Blue Steel Appeal’, his own non-profit foundation. A car enthusiast, Gandy started writing car reviews for GQ and Mayfair Timesand has made televised appearances on Classic Car Show. He obtained a racing license in 2012 and competed in the 2013 and 2015 Mille Miglia Italian endurance races as well as powerboat races with Martini Racing.