January 11, 2013
Sean O’Pry: From Kennesaw to the World’s Top Catwalks
How This Georgia Native Became the World’s Top Male Model
By Nancy Staab
Discovered via prom photos posted to his MySpace page, high schooler Sean O’Pry (now 23) made the leap from Kennesaw football team to the world’s top catwalks. Quite a heady ride for this down-to-earth lad, who now has top fashion houses like Armani, Versace, Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein and more vying for his handsome mug. Most recently, Ferragamo made O’Pry the male face for their spring 2013 campaign. Here’s a look at some of O’Pry’s best model moments.
You just have to look at those razor-sharp cheekbones, that chiseled face, those feline-like, hooded eyes, lush (for a man) lips, and that trademark dark pompadour (hello, Elvis) to see the model potential in Kenesaw native Sean O’Pry’s face. He did not have designs on a model contract when he innocently posted his high school prom photos to MySpace, but an America’s Top Model judge spotted his mug and the rest is history. The 17-year-old Kennesaw, Georgia, native and former high school football player was suddenly catapulted to the world’s top catwalks and glossies. You can barely flick a magazine page without staring at his visage in the Victor & Rolf Spicebomb fragrance campaigns or posing for high fashion houses like Versace, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Bottega Veneta, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Fendi etc. plus editorial spreads in Details, GQ, Interview, Numero Homme, and Vmagazine. He even has a requisite Madonna video, “Girls Gone Wild” on his CV. Given his range, it’s not surprising that a Forbes.com survey of the most successful male models in the world, ranked O’Pry number one in 2009, just two years after he launched his modeling career with VNY Model Management. In 2011 models.com seconded O’Pry’s number-one ranking on their list of top international male models.
Just glance at his portfolio and it’s evident why O’Pry is so sought after. The versatile and strong poser can channel his dark looks in a number of chameleon ways. He can a play moody and rugged modern-day Gary Cooper; he can play cig-smoking James Dean-style rebel with that pompadour hair; he can slick it back and look like an Old Hollywood matinee idol a la Valentino; he can play sweet Georgia choir boy or grunge guy; metrosexual dandy or stubble-laden man’s man; he can even go convincingly arty and alternative with nose-ring and a man-skirt! (Off screen he prefers to rock jeans, t-shirts, boots, and an Atlanta Braves cap.) Given his visual range, is it any wonder that O’Pry cites acting as his next career ambition?
We can’t wait to see O’Pry up there on the sliver screen, but in the meantime, you can enjoy his male pulchritude in this overview of some of his key fashion spreads to date (see slideshow below). O’Pry may have traveled the globe (13 cities last June, alone) and he may have added a veneer of big-city sophistication to his character, but he’s still a Georgia boy at heart, who misses his family and craves sweet tea and Chick-Fil-A when on the road. He dreams of eventually settling down in the Georgia mountains with a wife and kids, and, as he shared with DA Man magazine, also “a couple dogs, classic cars, golf and lots of fishing trips.” Until then, we will enjoy his work in the rarefied high fashion arena where he rules the runway.
SEE SLIDESHOW SURVY OF SEAN O’PRY’S MODELING WORK BELOW.
ZARA FALL/WINTER 2012-2013 AD CAMPAIGN VIDEO FEATURING SEAN O’PRY AND JON KORTJARENA: