Think “Male British Model” and the stereotypes trump other images. No matter what country models comes from, they’re usually flat to the observer. Maybe we buy the clothes they show off, but never because of the model. We might follow gossip about what they do, it’s never about their work. But Billy Huxley’s own, genuine individuality forces the observer’s mind to open. British fashion has a new hero-and the Germans like him, too.
Huxley is his work. He’s a sociological chameleon. His every pose plays with social images and makes them new again, and his aura changes each time he changes his clothes. Is he more an artist than a model? Yes. Who could believe that a male model could actually makes modelling interesting to straight men? Huxley pulls this off as easily as he pulls off any outfit. How else could he do Adidas and suits?
Huxley captures an image and then creates one that builds the scene around him. He doesn’t command attention away from scene he creates in your mind. He blends into the idea and then makes the idea himself. He could pass for an American rapper with is tattoos, but put him in a white tank and jeans, and he’s that anonymous working guy whose image taunts the executive woman strolling by to say to herself: “I feel like being bad today….” You fill in the rest.
Put him in a suit, and he becomes it-an old-school suit makes you think “tea time” while his eyes say: “Mock me and I’ll kick your ass”. Put him in a black tie and he convinces you he’s the king-and that maybe you could be, too.
What guy won’t envy him at least a little bit? Wouldn’t we all love to pull this off for whatever it is worth in our world?
He says he takes in the music of whatever band he’s listening to and lets it become part of the image he’s making. We all like certain types of music because they get us pumped-they make us feel real, whole and alive. If only we could feel as perfect as we do when we’re alone at home and jamming to great song-this guy does it every time a camera sees him. If these were the days of silent movies, directors would kill to sign him. Silent films went away 90 years ago, but this guy makes the idea happen all over again-it looks totally for-real.
All photos taken from here.