Modeling Spotlight: David Agbodji’s Spread In SPASHION Magazine
Leggings by JOQ
French-born model David Agbodji is feature in SPASHION magazine. He was styled by Ugo Mozie and Daver Campbell for this issue. For the spread, Agbodji styled in designer brands including JOQ, Kenzo, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Balenciaga. Since 2010, Agbodji has been taking the fashion world by storm. He landed a contract with Calvin Klein, where he opened and closed the fashion house’s show in Milan. Agbodji was also featured in editorials for GQ, V Man, Flaunt, Forget Them and Harper’s Bazaar UK magazines.
Inside, Agbodji talked to writer Abigail Everard about how he got his start in the modeling industry, his latest venture into photography, how he stay in shape, his favorite city and much more during his interview. Below are some excerpts:
What was your big break into modeling?
Opening and closing for Calvin Klein and getting a contract with them.
Obviously you’re doing really well in the world of modeling – was that what you always wanted to do or did you have other plans?
I was planning to become some kind of artist. Modeling was essentially to make some extra cash. I always go through different stages and media, so I wasn’t very clear on which kind of artist I would become at the end (still not sure). When modeling took off, I was getting into photography.
So, photography and art have always been passions of yours?
I grew up sketching and painting a lot but I honestly hated photography. I just didn’t really consider it as higher art; I felt like it was cheating even. I accidentally fell in love with it when I went through a period of making images of my girl. At first they were paintings and drawings, and then just to be quicker I started shooting her, but with intention of painting over it or something. Long story short, I got sucked in and got more curious. I especially got curious to figure out why it took photographers I worked with as a model so long to shoot a damn pic. I’m not very different from them now.
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Leggings by JOQ, Football pads by SportS Studio LA and Trainers by Balenciaga
How do you stay in shape?
I’ve got to confess I don’t put much thought into that. I haven’t worked out for over six years I think. I have to walk a lot I guess. I’ve started eating a bit healthier lately and I’m planning to start playing basketball regularly again.
How would you describe your style?
Effortless but very picky.
Where do you see men’s fashion in the future?
I’m not sure but I’ll find out six months before. Very experimental.
Where’s your favorite city and why?
New York, because it likes to keep moving, like I do.
Leggings by JOQ and Football Pads by Sports Studio LA
Read the full interview over at SPASHION.
Photos Credit: Cliff Watts via SPASHION Magazine