In recent seasons, the male-modeling industry has become overrun with whippet-thin boys with gauges in their ears and tattoo sleeves. But Russian model Vladimir Ivanov is anything but, proving the industry still craves male models who look like men instead of angst-filled teens. This 20-year-old stud signed with Wilhelmina Models in 2008 and got work immediately, booking a spread in Numéro Homme’s fall issue. In his debut runway season for fall 2009, Ivanov snagged spots in Bottega Veneta and D&G. But his most impressive work to date in our book is the Calvin Klein Jeans commercial shot by Steven Meisel, in which he appears shirtless and gyrating with some sweaty topless lady models on a basement couch. So all those emaciated male models might want to hit the gym soon. Vladimir could be at the forefront of a new wave of manlies.
Model Profile: Vladimir Ivanov
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