Tuesday, June 9, 2009
All images /TFS
I'm no mathematician so I'm not going to try and work out a successful-model-per-capita statistic, but in my estimation, despite being a small country, New Zealand doesn't seem to churn out a whole bunch of international standard high fashion male models. Rugby players, yes, male models, no. I mean look at a country like Denmark - similar size population, almost entirely surrounded by water - and they've produced some of the biggest guys of the last couple of years - Matthias Lauridsen, Eddie Klint... It's like you'd trip over in Copenhagen and land on a pile of guys who could book a fragrance campaign. But not New Zealand.
Right now we've got Michael Whittaker working regularly, this guy Peter David (who I'd never heard of until the other day), and Vinnie Woolston - who, according to 62 Models, is "hopefully" going to Europe for the upcoming show season. So imagine my surprise when I found out yesterday (thanks to James) that Ford/V Man finalist Aiden Andrews comes from our very own little slice of paradise. Yes, I mean Auckland. The 20 year old was named one of models.com's top ten break out stars of the F/W 09/10 New York show season, where he walked for Richard Chai, Rag & Bone, Tim Hamilton, Band of Outsiders, and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
I've sent him an email to try and find out what his deal is, I'll update with more facts as they come in. Until then, you'll have to make do with a whole bunch of his pictures (below).
If you read very closely, you'll see it says 'Auckland, New Zealand' as his hometown.
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