|tom bull by justin chung|
Andrej Pejic is the undisputed king of Australian mens’ modelling right now – even if he’s rocking womenswear half of the time. Although yet to make the big dollars, in terms of profile, it’s impossible to ignore Pejic, with global news stories about him rolling out on almost a daily basis. He is currently the only Australian to make the models.com Top 50 Men list (#18). Others to catch the attention of the international fashion industry of late include Jordan Coulter, Jethro Cave, Frankie Eliss-Galatti, Broed Dillewaard and Jack Vanderhart - with indigenous Australian Jake Gordon recently popping up at a few New York Fashion Week shows. So far no other Australian men have matched the track record of Heath Townsend, now in his 30s and a David Jones ambassador, but an erstwhile advertising face of Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch. But Tom Bull is making a pretty good start.
Scouted at 17 while playing football for Claremont in the West Australian Football League, the now 22 year-old Perth native, who holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, headed to New York earlier this year to pursue modelling fulltime.
In the interim he has shot a Christmas 2011 holiday campaign for Banana Republic with Carter Smith; the Spring/Summer 2012 Perry Ellis campaign with Rocco Laspata (opening and closing the SS12 Perry Ellis show at New York Fashion Week) and just last Friday, the SS12 Ralph Lauren Purple Label campaign with Sheila Metzner. Having his own New York Fashion Week video diary on The New York Times' The Moment, shot by New Zealand blogger mate Isaac Hindin Miller, probably didn't hurt his profile.
Bull's rugged looks are of course the absolute antithesis of Pejic's feminine features (which we hear ruffled the feathers of one big name female model on a recent photoshoot in New York. Pejic, who was styled up in matching womenswear, made her "look fat" she claimed). Check Bull's portfolio at The Agency Models for a better look at his pretty incredible physique. Good to see that fashion has room for both.