Gandy, 33, has long been a favorite face of Dolce & Gabbana. In the business since 2001, he has held contracts with Hugo Boss, Banana Republic and Massimo Dutti. Though he isn't No. 1 on this year's list, the industry veteran is one of the few men to reach supermodel status with work beyond the runway and catalogs. In addition to his role as brand ambassador for Johnnie Walker Blue and Whey Hey ice cream, a company in which he owns a stake, Gandy hawks his own training app and writes about fashion for British Vogue and GQ.(New York agency: Ford Models)
A date with David Gandy is just a bid away. Yes, really.
The animal-loving model has gamely put himself up for auction all in aid of Battersea Cats & Dogs Home, an organisation he has supported for years.
The highest bidder will win a dog walk in the park with Gandy and a cute canine Battersea resident. The auction will open on October 31, before which an array of other celebrities also offering dog walking dates will be announced - an A-list Hollywood actor, a recording artist, fashion designer and television hero are the only hints they are giving away so far.
"I can often be found at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with the rescue dogs, visiting and helping out. As their Ambassador, I like to support however I can and to share this experience with someone and raise much needed funds at the same time, is a pleasure," says Gandy. "Giving fans the chance to walk a Battersea dog with someone they would like to meet, is a great way to do this and lots of well known people have come together to make it happen."
The auction is part of the animal charity's annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball, which will this year take place on November 7 at Battersea Park's Evolution. It costs over £18 million to run Battersea Cats & Dogs Home each year, so the event is essential for fundraising.
It has an all-British cast, including M&S golden girl Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and male model of the moment David Gandy, alongside Oscar-winning actress Helena Bonham Carter, in her first ever appearance for the brand. The ad will be unveiled to the Press in a gala screening tomorrow night (yes, Christmas ads are now that important), and will be screened on prime-time ITV on November 6.
David Gandy attends the Vogue party during London Fashion Week SS14 at on September 15, 2013 in London, England. (September 14, 2013 - Source: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Europe)
David Gandy attends the Harpers Bazaar LFW Closing party at Annabels on September 17, 2013 in London, England. (September 16, 2013 - Source: Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images Europe)
David Gandy attends the Harpers Bazaar Fashion Party at Annabels in London. (September 17, 2013 - Source: PacificCoastNews.com)
David Gandy attends the annual Collars and Coats gala ball in aid of Battersea Dogs & Cats home at Battersea Evolution on November 7, 2013 in London, England. (November 6, 2013 - Source: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Europe)