The only model representing the recent Calvin Klein menswear advertising campaign, he has been working with some interesting photographers yet. David is a real breakout
No one can imagine the excitement I had to contain when I received the Ok to interview my first guy for New Faces. You can't, because it was "a coup." I was determined to introduce upcoming male models that I am inspired by and I knew right away who I had in mind for the first, it was going to be David Agbodji.
He has accomplished what seems like an impossible feat. The only model representing the recent Calvin Klein menswear advertising campaign. Not one season, but now the second season as well. I give the designer, Italo Zucchelli, a lot of credit, making a real statement. So nice they are doing it twice and by fame photographer Steven Klein. It was brilliant the first time in black and white.
I cannot wait to see the new ad. No doubt I am very proud. Diversity, diversity... I met David when I had the opportunity to cast him in theSean John10th anniversary menswear fashion show. All the male models were black and they were great. I was in heaven casting that show. It's nice to see 3 years later that David has a career in modeling (for now).
Born in Paris, his parents are from Togo, but he was raised mostly in Moscow, Russia (I know, that's real different). He has spent the last 10 years in New York, so he has this "little bit of this, a little bit of that, accent." David has been working with some interesting photographers from Klein to Terry Richardson, and in the pages of Interview Mag., French Vogue, German GQ, Surface, etc. and designer shows, Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens, and being exclusive for Calvin Klein...appearing as the first and last exit.
For those who don't know, that is major. In a climate of international fashion that is monopolized by nondescript white boys, David is a breakout. He may not look like Tyson Beckford, but the journey is familiar and he has the same charisma and charm. I am never one to predict a model's career, I just get behind them when I believe in what I see. Check David out in the latestJ.Crewcatalog.
He is channeling someone, and looking wonderful, photographed by Matthew Brooks. I do think the CK menswear designer, Italo, connects to David the way Ralph Lauren connected to Tyson. Still no predictions here just an observation, from someone that still has an eye for model talent.
"Start an art foundation."
"More modeling, photography and painting."
Personal style "Effortless."
"I don't wear jewelry."
"Don't try too hard. Once it becomes obvious much effort was put in dressing it loses."
"None. Listen to the most random stuff."
"A good crêpe with Nutella."
"Orange juice. I drink it all day long."
Favorite movie Training day by Antoine Fuqua.
Favorite book La Fille aux yeux d'or, by Honoré de Balzac.
Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Diesel.
Top 10 male models to follow by vogue.fr (with the help of google translate)
Age: 23 years
Its advantage: photographer before becoming a model
Distinctive feature: a tattoo on the inside of his left arm
Its beginnings: on the podium in Milan Calvin Klein
We saw this scroll for Calvin Klein, Rick Owens
Egeria from Calvin Klein
We loved the show: in Vogue Paris in April 2010, photographed by Terry Richardson
Agency: Re: Quest Model Management