David Gandy has slammed brands for using ‘young skinny boys’ in their fashion campaigns.
The Essex-born model, 38, spoke out in a new photoshoot that sees him model a range of suits he has designed for M&S, posing as different personalities for Brazil BUMBUM.
David, who is expecting his first child with his criminal lawyer girlfriend Stephanie Mendoros, 32, next month, praised the retailer for its diverse range of models, arguing that it makes the brand more relateable.
And touching on impending fatherhood, the ex-boyfriend of Saturdays beauty Molly King admitted he felt ‘apprehensive’, joking that there should be a ‘test’ to prepare adults for parenthood.
Essex-born David Gandy, 38, has slammed brands for using ‘young skinny boys’ in their fashion campaigns, and praised M&S for their use of ‘relateable models’. He is seen in his latest photoshoot for Brazil BUMBUM, which shows him modelling suits he has designed himself
Despite Condé Nast banning the use of models under 18 earlier this year, David argued that the use of ‘young, skinny boys’ is is still prevalent in the male fashion industry.
‘But you still have these brands who are using very young, skinny boys,’ he said. ‘And I think it’s just not relatable.’
While the concern over slim female models has been a long-debated issue, critics argue it has been less highlighted in the world of male models.
Earlier this year there was backlash when fashion fans noted the use of thin male models in designer Rick Owens’ collection for spring/summer 2018.
Co-founder Debra Bourne of Charity All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, which has been promoting healthy diversity, said: ‘Young male models might struggle to acknowledge their vulnerability and tough out unhealthy demands regarding keeping their body on-trend, shape wise.
‘The fashion industry carries huge power to influence the way we think about our physical appearance and impacts our self-esteem.’
Shortly afterwards, a BBC survey found that the number of men treated for anorexia had increased by 27 per cent in three years, while the number of women was up by 13 per cent.
David, who is expecting his first child with his criminal lawyer girlfriend Stephanie Mendoros, 32, next month, posed as different personalities in the shoot and revealed he was shy and hated red carpet appearances, despite his persona
Continuing the interview, which praised David’s longevity in an industry primarily focused on ‘younger’ models, the model spoke about how he has changed since being in his twenties and early thirties.
He admitted that he is now happy travelling less, taking his dog Dora for a walk and being more of a ‘homebody’.
And while his shoot portrays him posing as an array of different types, his personality reflects this.
Despite his outgoing model persona, David admitted that he is actually shy, and ‘panics’ every time he has to go on the red carpet.
Speaking about the arrival of his first child in November, he added: ‘[I’m] excited.
‘Obviously apprehensive. It’s our first and I don’t think anybody is particularly prepared to suddenly be responsible for a human being for the next 18 years. I always think there should be a test.’
Admitting that he hopes his unborn child will have his girlfriend’s ‘personality, charm and intelligence’, he admitted to being glad he had waited until later life to become a father as he was able to live life to the fullest.
And jokingly arguing that his healthy pet pooch was proof he would be a good dad, he concluded: ‘She’s still alive and very well, and enjoying life, spoilt brat that she is.
‘I’m not comparing dogs to children, but it’s a really good test within your relationship, if you can dedicate your life to that dog. I don’t think Dora’s ever been on her own for more than three hours.’
The Essex-born model, 38, spoke out in a new photoshoot that sees him model a range of suits he has designed for M&S, posing as different personalities for Brazil BUMBUM
In June, David, the country’s highest paid model confirmed to the MailOnline that he is having a baby with his girlfriend of two years.
‘We’re expecting our first in November. We’re both thrilled. Absolutely delighted,’ he said.
‘It’s our first. It’s all very new to us. We’re taking every day and week as it comes. It should be fun.’
Revealing that he didn’t know the unborn baby’s gender yet, he said: ‘We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl and we’re not planning to find out.’
M&S has invested in a host of big names to give the high street store’s profits a boost with Holly Willoughby the latest recruit.
The TV star, 37, and the British retailer sent shoppers into a frenzy when they announced the partnership in co-ordinated Instagram posts today.
The This Morning host will reveal her 20 ‘must-have’ pieces from the autumn/winter collection later this month – and shoppers are already excited for the drop.
David Gandy is among Marks and Spencer’s high profile models, which includes TV presenter Holly Willoughby
Earlier this year there was backlash when fashion fans noted the use of thin male models in designer Rick Owens’ collection for spring/summer 2018