Name: Craig McGinlay
What made you want to be a model?
I was working as a Sports Scientist, Strength & Conditioning Coach and sports Massage Therapist for the Commonwealth Games when I was asked if I could be the weightlifter in the Games Advert along with various other athletes. It was my first paid ‘acting’ or ‘modelling’ job and was excited as it came out of no where. I didnt really expect things to kick off the way they have and change my career pather. However since doing the ad I have gained representation for modelling in Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, London and Milan as well as actiong represenation in Scotland and England. I have worked alongside the likes of David Beckhamd on a campaign, being directed by Guy Ritchie and cast by William Boyd in L.A. The experience gained has given me a real taste for acting and modeling and I really want to see how far I can take it.
What is fashion to you ?
To me fashion can be about percepion. An opportunity to deliver your personality without uttering a word.
Who is your fashion icon?
David Beckham and David Gandy. Both possess a classic and timeless look and having met them both (Becks on a campaign and Gandy at London Collections Men Fashion Week LCM) I can say they are both absolute gents.
Describe you style in a few words.
Dapper, luxury, quality, gent, manly athletic
What is your wardrobe must have and basics?
I love a good knitted tie and a double breasted blazer. However, I am a keen gym goer so a pair of Nike trainers for the gym, AirMax, hoody and even a beenie hat. If I am going smart casual a slim black coat ,black leather jacket with a slim black or grey jumper or even polo neck or t-shirt. Black jeans or trousers, a good belt and a pair of distressed brown boots or black shoes are some of my favourite casual outfits.
Stylist Mark Van Daal has been massively helpful for me over the last year in helping me change my fashion sense from wearing gym wear in a gym working with athletes all day to that of a ‘Style icon’.
Do you think the modelling industry for men is growing ?
I would say so. I haven’t been in the world of modelling long enough to give the best opinion. However, from speaking to various high profile celebrities who have been coming to fashion week for years said that London Collections Men was the biggest it’s ever been this year and seems to grow. I have to say I really enjoyed my self at LCM this summer. There was a fantastic buzz about London, the show were amazing and I was honoured to have been invited to sit in the front row of so many fantastic shows.
As your a fitness man and a model, its best to as some advice for those future male models. What advice do you have for those guys who want to start modelling ?
Drink lots of water, moisturise, join a gym , eat healthy and be pro active as well as getting plenty of sleep.
I can see this man all over UK and Europe in the next few years… his dapper look seems to be seen on most men today.