Believe it or not I was researching another male to be this Model of the Week when I decided to take a quick look at model.com’s Top 50 Male Models of the Week. When I saw this guy’s face everyone else was put out of the running and I knew I had to choose him. I know it’s bad to think sexy thoughts when you’re trying to choose a Model of the Week (You’re supposed to admire them for their talent), but good Lord! Have you seen those lips? I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about chocolate and whipped cream when I looked into his eyes…..ahem, excuse me. This Model of the Week, the gorgeous and smart, Nate Gill.
Nate Gill at 21 years old is all-American. He was born April 3, 1989 in San Fransisco. During his freshman year of college, while working at Starbucks, Gill decided to attend in open casting call in his hometown. He was signed with City Models in San Fransisco. In an interview I found, Gill says that his first modeling gig was with the store Mervyn’s and he made $500….I think Mervyn’s definitely could’ve coughed up some more dough for those abs.
Beyoncé (center) Nate Gill far right
In 2008, Gill also signed with Major Model Management in New York City. His first job might’ve been sub par but his second and third jobs in the modeling industry are unheard of for a first time model. His second job was an advertisement campaign for Polo; and his third job was a spread in the November 2008 issue of V Magazine with Beyoncé shot by world-famous photographer Bruce Weber. Gill did such a good job on that spread that Weber hand selected the model to do a campaign that same year for Abercrombie & Fitch. Talk about a good start…
January 2009 was the first time the fashion world saw Nate Gill work it on the runway. I would say he did a pretty good job, considering that he debuted as an exclusive model for two major fashion brands; the Calvin Klein show in Milan and the Givenchy show in Paris. In a Best New Designers editorial piece for GQ magazine in the February 2009 issue, Gill is modeling the sportswear of a soon-to-be big name on the red carpets of the world, Yigal Azrouël. He got his second stint in a GQ editorial four months later in the June 2009 issue, shot by photographer Paola Kudacki.Gill also modeled for the spring issue of GQ Style that year. Then came the advertisement campaigns; Gill will be able to look back and say, “Remember when I did my first advertisement campaign spread for Ralph Lauren Rugby?” Yeah, real small time. In between the advertisements Gill walked the S/S’ runways in June for such brands as Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Versace, and Vivienne Westwood in Milan. At the end of 2009, Gill posed in the advertisement campaign that catapulted his career even further than before, for the F/W’ 2009 DKNY Jeans Collection.
Nate Gill F/W' 2009 DKNY Jeans
2010 started off extremely well for Gill, he became one of the faces of Tommy Hilfiger S/S’ 2010 clothing line. Considering the fact that Tommy Hilfiger has blatantly stated in the past that “I don’t design my clothes for urban people” (people of color), it’s nice to see that since the brand was sold in 2006 people of color are popping up on the runway and in the advertisement campaigns more often. Gill is definitely not a ritzy model, in an interview with Giant Magazine Gill talked about how the lines of color were definitely changing slowly but surely, and how he was happy to be a part of it. 2010 seems to be the year of two for Gill. He did two campaigns for Esprit (Summer, F/W’ 2010), he did two advertisement campaigns for Y-3 ( S/S’, F/W’ 2010), and he walked down the runway twice for Tommy Hilfiger. Not to mention his Vogue shoot, his MaxMara F/W’ 2010 shoot, and his editorial spreads for Flaunt and L’Optimum. Nate Gill definitely has arrived.
One of the things that attracted me the most to Gill was his intelligence and his need to keep his life humble. It was so refreshing to see a guy who continuously praises God for each and every one of the blessings that he has received through modeling; a guy who realizes that no success comes without a strong foundation. In my research for Gill, I found several articles where he talked about the importance of eating right,staying active, and having strong faith. Gill makes no point to hide that he is a christian, and he hopes that through his success from modeling he can become an advocate for christian youth.
I can say honestly, I am proud to be able to write a piece about Nate Gill for this blog. Gill is one of those guys that you know could literally do anything that they put their minds to. He is one of the top male models in the leauge and after reading so much about him, I would expect nothing less. It makes me proud to know that there are smart, intelligent black men for young black boys to look up to that have their heads on straight. Someone to show young colored boys, from the brightest of yellows to the darkest of browns, that you don’t have to automatically become a rapper and talk about tricks and whores (excuse let’s use the ebonics term, ‘ho) and all the dope you smoked growing up in the ‘hood. There are other paths that lead to success and Gill has taken his path to success and run on it. Yes, Gill is an amazing commercial model, but my favorite shots of him that I found were the Polaroids and the moments caught behind-the-scenes; in those photos you see such an innocence and light flowing from him that I hope won’t fade with the bourgeois demeanor of the fashion industry. Even though Gill’s supermodel rap sheet is a bit short right now, I definitely know it won’t be this short next year; this guy is way too talented and too damn good looking.