‘There’s something very feminine about a woman’s fresh natural fragrance!’
From Billericay to male supermodel, David Gandy proves that being a top model isn’t only a job for the ladies. Stylish and debonair, this Essex native began his career winning a daytime TV model search competition organised by non other than Richard and Judy! Now represented by Select Model Management and the face of Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue, Gandy is the star of an advertising campaign that has received over 11 million hits. Who can forget the 50 foot high poster of Gandy that took pride of place in Times Square, New York?
With appearances for brands including Banana Republic, Zara, 7 for all Mankind and Ermengildo Zegna, David is known for his immaculate grooming and precise personal style. What you may not know is that this year he became the first ambassador for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Stubble with a soft side….what more do you need!?
Always looking in shape must be hard, what’s your secret ?
Unfortunately it’s just a lot of training at the gym. I wish there was another way, but it’s a combination of the right training, right exercises and hard work. I’ve learnt a lot over the past 10 years, through training with some of the world’s best personal trainers and trial and error, so in June I’m launching my own fitness app so I can share what I’ve learnt with other people who are interested in keeping in shape. www.davidgandyfitness.com
How long do you spend on grooming everyday?
Not long at all, let’s just say minutes rather than hours!
Has your grooming routine changed since you started modelling?
No, I’ve always kept it very simple and continue to use the same routine.
If you had to recommend a product to any man, what would it be?
Find a good fragrance! My signature scent is Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue.
What are your other favourite products?
I like to keep it simple so it’s a just a good moisturiser and some hair product. I have very wavy hair, so it can be difficult. My hairdresser, Larry King at Daniel Hersheson, cuts it brilliantly.
English guys are world famous for being pasty, how do you maintain your tan?
I have an olive skin complexion so I guess I’m just lucky and I also travel a lot with work and tan very easily which helps.
We’ve heard you’re a fan of Kiehls?
Yes I can’t get enough of their Coriander Bath & Shower Liquid Body Cleanser….
What’s the best piece of grooming advice you’ve ever received?
Use a skin exfoliator scrub once a month and then a good moisturiser. I also know from experience that that the condition of your hair and skin relates heavily to what we eat and drink.
Lastly how do you like the women in your life to smell?
Iv’e always felt that there is something very feminine about a woman’s natural, fresh fragrance.
With thanks to Select Model Management
Interview by Charlotte Clarke
Additional Research Amanda Blake
1. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme EDT £56 for 125ml at House Of Fraser
2. Kiehl's Coriander Bath & Shower Liquid Body Cleanser £23.50 for 500ml at John
3. Daniel Hersheson Salon at Harvey Nichols
4. David Gandy Headshot
5. Biotherm Homme Facial Exfoliator about £30 for 150ml at leading pharmacies
6. Adidas Adijrw01 Unisex Leather Skipping Rope - Brown, 270 Inch £15 at Millets Sports
7. Kiehl's Facial Fuel moisturiser £29.00 for 125ml at Selfridges
8. David Gandy Exercising