Sunday, August 30, 2009
Scans /Russh Magazine via Emma from Ragpony (thanks!)
I have mixed feelings about interviews with models. They're not actors or politicians or musicians, they're people who were born looking a certain way. Yes they assist in selling billions of dollars worth of products and in the creation of art, but it's generally an aesthetic thing, and doesn't necessarily bear any relation to who they are as people. (Classic example - Clement Chabernaud said recently that if he wasn't a model he'd be a manual labourer.) That said, most models would have pretty interesting experiences - being flown around from country to country, working with top photographers etc, but still, I'm unsold.
But every now and again a model like Ash Stymest comes along and captures the zeitgeist with a combination of looks and personality. And I find that very interesting. Everybody who comes into contact with Ash Stymest has a story to tell of his antics - his legend isn't one simply based on looks. So when Emma Gleason from Ragpony told me that he'd been interviewed in the latest Russh Magazine, I couldn't wait to read what he had to say for himself.
On why he's captured people's attention:
"I'm a bit lou lou... and I guess it's because I haven't and won't conform."
On male models:
"You don't expect bitchiness between men, but it does exist, believe you me!"
On his personal style:
"Style? I look like everyone in London! You only have to walk through Camden to see hundreds of better versions of my style."
On what's next:
"I have met with a couple of directors recently with discussions about some film projects, but I don't want to say too much yet."
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