For the general public, when talk veers to the subject of male models, ZOOLANDERís Blue Steel inevitably comes to mind.
But while great genes donít hurt, in the case of Cory Bond, personality and a sense of humor go a long way. Over a career spanning more than a decade, the Major agency model has mugged for Dolce & Gabbana and Gant and posed for the pages of V and Arena Homme+. FULL FRONTAL FASHION chatted with the charming Tennessee native about his take on the male modeling world and his advice for those new to the big city.
First off, it seems models are always from lesser-known places. Where are you from?
I am from a tiny town near Nashville called Bethpage.
What was it like growing up there? It seems there might not be a lot of things to do.
Growing up there in the countryside there was lots to do! We liked to go camping and fishing. We always lived near water and had a boat. I learned to water-ski at 7 years old! We also have had horses most of my life, and I love to ride them. They have such a great spirit.
Sounds beautiful but worlds away from New York City! Being a transplant to the city, what would you tell someone who is brand-new to the city?
Donít feel like you have to go out every single night just because itís NYC. You will only wear yourself out ó that is, you will look old way too soon.
When did you start modeling?
I started modeling in 1998. I was scouted at ProScout.
I would say thatís quite the career. The modeling world isnít necessarily known for offering much longevity. What has gotten you through the tough days?
Mostly just having a good family base. I have great parents and a wonderful brother. They have given me great advice and sometimes money [laughs] when I needed it, which I really appreciated considering the fact that I know that they really didn't have it to give. They have also given me an amazing head start by giving me the perfect last name, Bond. Thanks, Dad! That helps!
We always hear about models jetting off to exotic locales. Is that one of the perks of the job?
I have been very lucky to have seen many amazing places, places that I would have never seen had I not had this amazing job. One of the most incredible places was near Panama. It is where the Kuna Indians live, on this series of about 300 small islands on the Pacific side of Panama. We flew out by private plane to a small island airstrip for three days in a row. We shot on several of the islands, and we had two huge yachts and two helicopters there. One helicopter flew over us filming a party scene there on an island. It was a huge production!
Wow, not exactly your usual 9-to-5. Worst part about the job?
Waiting to hear about jobs and not being able to plan things more than a week out. The best way to get a big job is to make plans with all your friends, pay for the hotel and airfare, and pack your bags. You can bet that you will be offered the best modeling job of your career that way. It never fails.
Ha! That said, during the waiting, what do you do to stay in shape? Do you watch what you eat or drink before a big shoot day?
I like to go and do Bikram yoga the day before body shoots. Or drink a lot of alcohol ó both are very dehydrating and make you look ripped! [laughs] No, no, Bikram is your best bet if you want to still look great and not have a hangover. I go Bikram!
We hear of models often dabbling in photography or acting at some point in their careers. Do either of those pique your interest?
I like photography. I think I may become a photography rep. I love acting and have done some, but Iíd most likely just become the best waiter youíve ever had if I go that route. We will see.
Sure youíre genetically blessed, but was there ever a moment when your looks worked against you?
When I was trying to go to London for the third time in a month saying that I was a tourist. The immigration agent wasnít buying it. Iím a legal beagle now.