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For­mer Gold Coast school­boy Jor­dan Bar­rett has been voted the world’s top male model. As for those un­easy about his abil­ity to han­dle fame – he tells Stel­lar he’s got it un­der con­trol.

Jor­dan Bar­rett is a hu­man doo­dle pad; his body is cov­ered with small, ran­dom tat­toos. Most were in­spired by his friends, and some he got free with tacos. There’s a car­dio­gram on his torso, plot­ting the (per­fectly healthy) heart­beat of his friend, model Tah­nee Atkin­son. “PSYCHO” is writ­ten across his left arm, a ref­er­ence to the band Psycho Gypsy. The words “Mon­ica Lewin­ski” (sic) are scrawled across Bar­rett’s pelvis, yet they have noth­ing to do with the for­mer White House in­tern and pres­i­den­tial paramour of the same name.

“‘Mon­ica Lewin­ski’ was [writ­ten] on a paint­ing I liked, a re­ally nice, weird paint­ing that my friend Jai did,” he says. One of Bar­rett’s wrists bears the phrase “0% IN­TER­EST”, which was copied from a tat­too sported by his New York agent. “She shakes peo­ple’s hands and it’s there,” he ex­plains. “Zero per cent in­ter­est – not in­ter­ested.

“Some days I wake up and I look at [the tat­toos] and think maybe I shouldn’t have them. And then…” he shows me an­other tat­too. It says “WHY NOT”.

It’s a strik­ingly ca­sual at­ti­tude to his body, one that doesn’t stop at tat­toos. He has to force him­self to go to the gym (“I hate work­ing out”), he cuts his own hair on the plane when he’s bored, and ru­mours abound about his love of par­ty­ing. It must make his agents and ac­coun­tants ner­vous, be­cause that body is worth mil­lions.

In the world of in­ter­na­tional mod­el­ling, Aus­tralian lad Jor­dan Bar­rett is an It boy. Since he ar­rived in New York in 2015, he has been shot by the world’s top pho­tog­ra­phers, walked in shows for the most sought-af­ter de­sign­ers, and last year was voted Male Model of the Year at the Mod­els.com In­dus­try Awards. His in­stant suc­cess, his jet­set­ting life­style and his bevy of celebrity girl­friends have also turned him into click­bait; Bar­rett’s pho­to­graph is just as likely to ap­pear on gos­sip web­sites as fash­ion mag­a­zines.

To­day, dur­ing a whirl­wind trip home, he’s pos­ing for Stel­lar where he proves to be a stylist’s dream – po­lite, bid­dable and with the abil­ity to turn ev­ery stitch of cloth­ing into a work of art. In shots, he lounges across pieces of fur­ni­ture, look­ing in­sou­ciantly at the cam­era; be­tween shots, he does the same thing, play­ing with his phone.

To the naked eye, Bar­rett is, of course, beau­ti­ful. He looks like a cross be­tween a young Leonardo Dicaprio and the

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