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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