1st August 2014

Finding someone who looks great in front of the camera is a bit like finding a penny on the pavement. You don't expect it and it makes you feel good all day. This gentleman came to see us for the first time, a few years ago. He had been spotted by a model agency. In the end they told to come back when he was older. 


As you can see below, it was good advice. The camera liked him but he needed to get a few more Magaluffs and Magners under his belt to add depth. He also needed to fill out a bit.

Models (and potential models) are curious things. Gifted by, what Cameron Russell, in her disarmingly brilliant TED talk ( ) calls 'winning the genetics lottery', it is easy to assume that the outside and the inside match. There is probably nothing more deceptive than good looks.

Everyone is willing to believe that an ugly or even plain person has a golden heart hidden under years of self-loathing (see 'Despicable Me').  Most people do not have the same approach to beauty. It is the forgivable sin. The desirable accident. It applies surprisingly equally to men and women. Pretty quick to make assumptions, we attribute stupidity, cupidity and brevity to their list of curses. Russell's argument was more to do with equality but the core of her impact was the elegance of her mind and the articulate thoughtfulness of her approach. 


One might easily quibble that cynicism and world-weariness are at the root of her observations - and so they should be. Cynicism is the last refuge of the intelligent; of the scarred believers. You cannot change reality but you can choose how you let it affect you. Staying young and open-minded is the unacknowledged benefit of a cynical shield.  

So, back to our friend here. A future as a model? Why not. In our freshly-minted and open-minded modern society in Western Europe we measure a man by what he does, not by what he ought to be. This is the single greatest achievement of a 20th centuary of social struggle. Carpe Diem.