By Marina Liao
We can throw out the names of the top female supermodels in our sleep, but who are the equivalents of Gisele Bündchen and Naomi Campbell in the men's modeling world? That would be the likes of Sean O'Pry and David Gandy, who once humbly dismissed his supermodel title, saying, "I would sort of just rather be called at the top of the game." Our list of hot male models doesn't stop there, though. There are plenty of men out there, of all ages, that have achieved the highly coveted status as a top model. From their faces to chiseled abs on the runway, we just can't seem to look away. Get acquainted with the most famous male models to date, ahead.
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Beckford shot to fame after being discovered by an editor of hip-hop magazine The Source back in 1991. He went on to land a modeling gig with Ralph Lauren's Polo Sport fragrance campaign, thereby kicking off his runway career and he achieved the same level of fame as the '90s female supermodels. He has since diversified his portfolio to include acting/hosting and maintains an active Instagram presence, which you can follow here.
Lucky Blue Smith
He was scouted at the age of 10 and signed to a modeling agency by 12 years old. The Cut, in 2015, notably dubbed him "the One Direction of male models." Lucky Blue Smith, who is now 21, has walked in runways for Chanel, Fendi, Jeremy Scott, and Tom Ford to name a few. He has also appeared in ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Moncler, L'Oreal, and more. Currently, the model has 2.9 million followers on Instagram alone, is dad to a daughter named Gravity Blue Smith, and married fellow model Nara Pellman in 2020.
Brad and Hudson Kroenig
The model is best known for being Karl Lagerfeld's muse and maintaining a super-close relationship with the designer until his death. The New York Times once wrote, "As the most senior and prominent member of a group of male models often referred to as Karl's Boys, Brad not only works for Chanel and Fendi...but also accompanies [Lagerfeld] on yearly vacations to St. Tropez and work trips and to parties worldwide." The two have such a special bond that Lagerfeld was named godfather to Kroenig's son Hudson, the little boy who often appeared next to Lagerfeld during his runway bows.
The model was born in Guinea-Bissau, raised in Portugal, and is now based in New York. Cabral started modeling in 2001 and in 2006 was signed to IMG. He's walked in shows for Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme, Thierry Mugler, and has fronted campaigns for the likes of Balmain. Outside of the modeling world, Cabral launched his eponymous footwear brand, telling Forbes, "When I was modeling full-time I always said, 'If I ever have the opportunity, I would like to start my own brand.' I started developing the concept of my shoe brand in 2008." You can shop his fashion line here.
The British model was scouted from a televised model-search competition and went on to work as the lead male model for brands like Dolce & Gabbana. Here, Gandy is pictured shirtless (we're eyeing his bod and we're not afraid to admit it) while walking down D&G's winter/fall 2010 runway. Aside from modeling, he has contributed as a writer to British Vogue and British GQ in addition to becoming a brand ambassador and investor in Savile Row Gin.
O'Pry was discovered in 2006 through his MySpace prom photos when he was 17 years old by Nolé Marin. He has appeared in numerous campaigns from Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren to Versace and Bottega Veneta, and opened shows for Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Aside from walking the runways, the model has appeared in music videos such as Madonna's "Girl Gone Wild" and Taylor Swift's "Blank Space," where he played her love interest.
He kicked off his modeling career in the '90s, winning the "Top Chinese Male Model" title in 1991 and, later, became the first Chinese male model to walk the international fashion runway. He's worked with fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Valentino before transitioning to acting where he starred in a series called Love Talks. Fun fact: Hu Bing was a former member of the Chinese National Rowing Team.
The model's mentor is none other than Tom Ford. "Before I started working with Tom, I was thinking about quitting modeling," said Kortajarena in a 2018 interview. "He saw in me what nobody else saw before. He taught me about how the industry works, what people expect from a model, what masculinity means." Kortajarena has been photographed by the likes of Steven Meisel and high fashion creds include walking for Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano, and Chanel.
Lauridsen is a Danish model who broke into the industry when he debuted at Marc by Marc Jacobs in New York and Miu Miu in Paris for the spring 2004 collections. Since then, his fashion résumé includes shooting with high-caliber photographers such as Steven Meisel, Karl Lagerfeld, and Patrick Demarchelier. In addition, Lauridsen has appeared in fashion campaigns for Prada, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry.
Schenkenberg is best known for modeling for Calvin Klein, where he shot mostly nude CK campaigns in the early nineties. This opened up a path for him to work with the likes of Giorgio Armani, Versace, and Donna Karan. He's also known for having dated celebrities Mariah Carey, Pamela Anderson, and Nicky Rothschild.
Sabbat was discovered when he was 15 by ReQuest Model Management. He's modeled for everyone from Calvin Klein to Dolce & Gabbana, acted in shows like Grown-ish, and is a street style star/social media influencer for the Gen Z crowd. Sabbat is close friends with model Kendall Jenner and was even rumored to have had a fling with Kourtney Kardashian.
Mills is both a model and actor. He started modeling in 2001 and made his runway debut for Gucci and Saint Laurent in 2004. Since then, he's appeared in everything, from a Dolce & Gabbana fragrance campaign to films such as Sex and the City 2 and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Named by Forbes as one of the world's most "successful male models," Soldati got his start when his mom signed him up for a Ford contest in his native Brazil. His modeling creds include working for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Valentino, and Guess. He was the main male model for Giorgio Armani ads in 2007 and Armani Jeans ads in 2008. You can follow Soldati on his adventures via his Instagram.
Huebl started his modeling career at the age of 17. He has been featured in campaigns for Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren in addition to collaborating with photographers like Peter Lindbergh. Huebl's even gifted behind the cameras, having shot covers for Elle Spain, Harper's Bazaar Mexico and Grazia Qatar. You can regularly spot the model rubbing elbows with fashion's elite at runway shows and talking a walk around NYC with his equally as fashionable wife, Olivia Palermo.
Born Edward Adam Senn, Senn has consistently served as a model for Dolce & Gabbana and has pursued acting at the same time. He's appeared in shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and was known for playing Zero, a bisexual basketball player, on VH1's Hit the Floor. He is currently signed withTwo Management (Los Angeles) IMG (NYC), Select Model Management (London) and Why Not Model Management (Milan). The model also co-owns a restaurant, Bocca di Bacco, in NYC.
A British model (he's appeared in campaigns and runway shows for Hermes, Moschino, Valentino, and more) and a chef (he runs the YouTube channel The Dirty Dishes and has written a book of the same name), Carew is a man of many talents. He's signed with Next Models and has an Instagram following of 568k, where he shares a ton of selfies and food pics. His famous ex is none other than singer Dua Lipa.
Cheshire was scouted by Select Model Management in 2003 and was referred to as the "next Leonardo DiCaprio." He made his debut in a Calvin Klein campaign at just 17 years old and went on to work with fashion houses such as Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Missoni, and Vivienne Westwood. Here, he's pictured walking the D&G menswear runway on January 2017.
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