For male models, breaking into the fashion business is never a piece of cake. They have to gain the respect of photographers, fashion editors, designers, and even casting directors, before they can even make a name for themselves in the industry.
While a great number of male print and runway models have made it to the top, there are those of them who retired from modeling to pursue better opportunities like acting in movies. Nevertheless, these men had their fair share of the modeling super-stardom before they eve began to venture into the world of show business.
Below is our list of the sexiest male models of all time, some of whom have already transitioned into the acting world, while others are still going strong in modeling or juggling both:
Actor and male models Kellan Lutz was born in Dickinson, North Dakota. He is best known for playing Emmett Cullen in the blockbuster film series, The Twilight Saga.
While in high school, he had an opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic for one semester. There, he studied the country’s culture and learned how to speak Spanish.
As a teenager, Lutz had picked up several modeling jobs. In 2006, he appeared in the commercial of Hilary Duff’s fragrance, With Love. Also, he was featured in Hinder’s music video, Without You.
Lutz has acted on a variety of TV shows, which includes his recurring roles on Model Citizens, and smaller roles in C.S.I: NY, Six Feet Under, Heroes and The Bold and the Beautiful.
He is currently signed with FORD Models. He is among the models featured in Calvin Klein’s 2010 underwear campaign.
male models Drew Van Acker is best known for playing Jason DiLaurentis on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. He was born in Philadelphia, but was raised in Medford, New Jersey, his whole life.
During his childhood, the American model practiced almost all sorts of sport, including wrestling, basketball, soccer and lacrosse. However, his true passion was acting. He was inspired by Robert De Niro’s films as well as the Star Wars trilogy.
Because of his soccer abilities, he was granted a soccer scholarship at Towson University. Here, he took various theater courses to hone his acting skills. In 2005, he met a talent scout, who made him decide to move to New York City.
He then started doing modeling work in the city. But, most of the time, he worked as an underwear model. He has worked for major underwear labels, including Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, and International Jock.
male models Sean O’Pry, a model from Kennesaw, Georgia, served as the face of the fashion house, Calvin Klein, for several seasons. He was also GQ’s Man of the Season in 2007.
Bert Hamilton was the first photographer, who suggested that he pursue a modeling career. However, it wasn’t until 2006 that he was discovered by a talent scout after his prom photos were shared on MySpace by a fashion-icon, Nole Marin.
Since then, he has been featured in a number of ad campaigns and editorials. Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, H&M, Fendi, American Eagle, Arena, Diesel, Lacoste, Marc Jacobs, Gianfranco Ferre, Bottega Vaneta, L’Officiel and Arena are among the fashion labels he has worked with.
Besides that, he has graced the runway for Yves Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Givency, Moschino, Trussardi. He has also modeled for designers like Louis Vuitton, Channel, Hermes, and Michael Kors.
In 2008, he was named as the world’s eighth most successful model by Forbes. The succeeding year, he was hailed as the world’s most successful model by the same publication.
Born in Santa Catarina, Brazil, Marlon Teixeira started his modeling career after he was introduced by his grandmother to the owner of Way Model Management.
Teixeira has since walked the runways for many major fashion labels, including Emporio Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, and DSquared. He has also been featured on magazine covers, such as Essential Homme, Fiasco, Hercules, Client and Made in Brazil.
Among his most impressive ad campaigns include those that he did for some of the biggest fashion brands like Dior Homme, Sergio K, Diesel Underwear, Emporio Armani, Iceberg and American Eagle.
In 2011, the Brazilian model was hailed the best male model by Client Magazine, Hola!, and Made in Brazil magazine. Currently, he holds the 7th spot on Models.com’s list of Top 50 international male models.
The American model Noah Mills was born in Ontario, Canada, but was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He already began his modeling career, while he was attending a university in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2003.
At the age of twenty, he was at the peak of his career, working with various fashion agencies, including Wilhelmina Models. Eventually, he debuted as a runway model for Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. He modeled their collections in an event in Paris and Milan.
Mills has been featured in other fashion modeling events as well. He has opened the shows for Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, and Versace. He has also worked with a number of established models, the likes of Naomi Campbell, Tyson Ballou and Claudia Schiffer.
In 2012, he ranked number three in Models.com’s list called, “The Money Guys.” The following year, he ranked number five.
Born in Curitiba, Brazil, Francisco Lachowski started his modeling career after winning FORD Models’ Supermodel of the World competition held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a reward, he was signed with FORD Models.
The contest has opened more opportunities for the Brazilian model. With his charisma, professionalism, looks, and glowing youth, plenty of agents and clients were dying to work with him. He rapidly rose to fame and eventually, he was chosen to do a campaign for Dior.
His first runway shows were in Milan and Paris, where he walked for designers, such as Dior Homme and Gucci. As he progressed with his career, he began working for other major fashion labels, like DSquared2, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Mugler, and Roberto Cavalli.
Lachowski has been featured on the covers of several magazines as well. These include Carbon Copy, Homme Essential, Chaos and Made in Brazil. Aside from that, he has been featured in high-fashion editorials for FHM, Vogue, V Magazine, and GQ.
David Gandy, born in Billericay, Essex, always wanted to be a veterinarian, but his grades weren’t high enough to meet the standards of the program. So, he decided to take up Multimedia Computing instead at the University of Gloucestershire.
Before he graduated from the University, his housemate entered him into a modeling competition without his knowledge. He won the competition and received a contract with one of the most prestigious modeling agencies in London, Select Model Management Agency. He then turned to the successful model he never thought he’d become.
In 2002, he began modeling. He spent his first five years in the fashion realm, doing endless catwalk shows. In the succeeding years of his career, he worked for numerous companies, including Zara, Hugo Boss, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Gant U.S.A., and 7 for all Mankind.
The English model has been featured on a total of sixteen magazine covers. Also, he has posed for the fashion editorials of El Palacio de Hierro, Marks & Spencer, Banana Republic, and Lucky Brand Jeans. He was chosen as Johnnie Walker Blue Label Whiskey’s new brand ambassador as well.
Gandy has received nominations and awards as a model. In 2008, he was named as the Most Beautiful International Male Face by Spanish Glamour Magazine. Also, Forbes listed him as the world’s third most successful male model.
His impeccable style was given recognition in the fashion industry. He was listed by British GQ as the 17th best dressed men of 2012. In 2014, he was at number 10.
Channing Tatum, who starred in films like Dear John, Step Up, and 21 Jump Street, started appearing in front of the camera as a fashion model.
Tatum grew up as an athlete playing a variety of sports like soccer, baseball, football, and martial arts. Most of his teenage years were spent in Tampa area, where he attended Tampa Catholic High School. Later on, he was granted a football scholarship at Glenville State College, but dropped out.
He then started working odd jobs. He went to an audition in Orlando, Florida, and was cast as a dancer in Ricky Martin’s She Bangs music video. Because he had experience working in the fashion industry, he began working for notable clients, including Abercrombie & Fitch and Armani.
Soon after, he made appearances in the campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, American Eagle Outfitters, Emporio Armani, and Abercrombie & Fitch. In 2001, Tear Sheet Magazine included him in their list of 50 Most Beautiful Faces.
Alex Pettyfer began his career as a child fashion model. At the age of six, he did his first commercial and did advertisements for various yogurt brands. He has also worked for Ralph Lauren, Burberry, and Gap.
In 2005, the English model made his professional acting debut, playing the lead role, Tom Brown, in a British TV production, Schooldays. He was then cast in more prominent roles, including the teenage spy Alex Rider in Stormbreaker. His performance received positive reviews.
He next appeared in Wild Child, where he met Emma Roberts. He also starred in a film based on Alex Finn’s novel, Beastly. In 2011, he played the title role in the film I Am Number Four.
In 2009, Pettyfer was listed in a British women’s magazine, Company. He was voted number 35 on their list of the top 50 most eligible bachelors. In the same year, he ranked number 21 on Glamour Magazine’s list of the sexiest men on the planet.
Born in Leytonstone, East London, England, David Beckham is among Britain’s most iconic athletes. He became the captain of the English national team from 1998 to 2009.
For years, he has been a good scorer for the team. Because of his consistent ability on the field, he became a major attraction for the public. He eventually became a fashion icon, together with his wife Victoria, a former member of the singing group, Spice Girls.
Fashion magazines, health and fitness specialists, hair stylists, clothing designers, and perform and cosmetics manufacturers were very interested in working with him. In fact, a fragrance line was named after him. It was called David Beckham Instinct.
Beckham’s endorsement deals established him as one of the most recognizable athletes all over the world. He has signed contracts with major companies, including Adidas, Pepsi Co., Samsung, Burger King, Diet Coke and Armani.
Recently, Beckham has designed a number of male underwear for H&M.
Some of the men listed here are already legends in their own rights, while others continue to dominate the fashion world as supermodels. These male models may differ in some other aspects, but they do have things in common and these include the fact that they are drop-dead gorgeous and part of the fashion industry’s history.