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David Gandy Talks 'Fat' Past, Being The 'Big Guy' In Male Modeling

First Posted: 10/19/2010 3:44 pm Updated: 05/25/2011 6:05 pm

The Telegraph caught up with male model David Gandy (he of David Gandy's Style Guide For Men) who talked about body image and the male modeling industry. Gandy's muscles set him apart from the waif-like boys who are now going out of style. He said:

Very early on I went to a casting for Dior and they asked me to try on a suit. I couldn't even get one leg into the trousers, let alone put the jacket on. All the models were standing around going, 'Hey, who's the big guy?'
There was quite an unpleasant atmosphere there, quite intimidating. I remember thinking, 'Are these guys appealing?' They certainly weren't appealing to me.'

Gandy also revealed that when he was younger, "I got bullied quite a lot -- partly because I was quite fat for a while, and partly because of the way I sounded."

Nowadays, Gandy says he's "not confident with women," (yeah, right), adding, "I'm better than I was, but that's not saying much. As a child I was pretty shy, and I'm not sure you ever lose that. It's only in the past couple of years that I've been confident enough to go up and talk to a girl."

Gandy in May:

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