Name: Dylan Williams
Agency: Elite (London & Amsterdam) / Nathalie (Paris) / Soul Artist Mgt (NYC)
Location: London, UK
Ethnicity: Black British / Ugandan / Rwandese
How were you discovered?
I was discovered on my way to work, by the styling director of GQ Style. I remember being like 30 minutes late, in a mood with my hood up and headphones in, but that day was a moment I doubt I’ll ever forget!
My first shoot was a fashion story for the Evening Standard with my good friend Chay Morris
Favourite modelling experience so far?
It has to be shooting the River Island SS13 Campaign in LA!
Most embarrassing modelling experience?
Erm, don’t think I have one!
You’re currently juggling modelling and university. Has this been difficult. How have you found time to do both?
Its been very difficult, I’ve missed lectures and group work which is frustrating as not everyone is as understanding - they just assume you’re at home chilling instead of coming into university. At first I kept it quiet and tried to see how far I could go, but then I had to explain my situation to my tutor which made everything a little easier.
If you weren’t a model, what would you be doing instead?
Erm maybe still working at River Island or another retail job whilst playing semi-pro football.
What would you like to do after your modelling career?
Within time I want to focus more on my music career, I think building my image first using modelling then putting out music after will put me in a better position
Models you’d most like to work with in the future?
I’ve never shot with my boy Harry Uzoka, so a story or campaign with him would be dope! Plus my Justanorm brothers. I’m not really bothered about the rest LOOL. Oh yeah and Jourdan Dunn (My girl gonna kill me!)
Designers you’d most like to work with in the future?
I’m not too sure I guess the normal ones such as Givenchy, Dior, Gucci would be dope!
Have you ever experienced any racism or prejudice as a black male model in the industry?
I haven’t which is a blessing but I’ve heard a few stories
Other female black models - Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls etc have been quite vocal about the racism they’ve faced, whereas male models tend to stay silent - why do you think that is?
I don’t know, I guess their industry is tougher than ours and is focused on more, so when one of them speak out all the attention is drawn to them whereas there isn’t as many black male supermodels who can come out and get the same attention, if that makes sense.
Random fact about you people don’t know
I’m a deep thinker LOOL
Do you have a skincare/workout routine?
Not at all, I just use dove and vaseline, BASIC!!
Nandos! That’s where myself and the Justanorm boys meet for meeting etc
One thing you can’t live without?
Best thing about being a model?
Not knowing what’s going to happen next. I could be down and stressed about personal issues, then find myself on set for a big job
Any advice to new or aspiring models?
Enjoy and embrace every moment of your career!