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MALE MODEL SUPERSTAR LUCKY BLUE SMITH STRIKES A POSE AND OPENS UP ABOUT HIS UNORDINARY LIFE, ICELAND AND FAMILY TO TIM CHAN
Male model superstar Lucky Blue Smith strikes a pose and opens up about his unordinary life, Iceland and family. Photographs by Mitchell Nguyen McCormack
All started with the name. Then came the hair. And before you knew it, you couldn’t walk down the street or flip through Instagram without seeing a photo of Lucky Blue Smith.
At just 17 years of age, the sixfoot-two, Utah-native has already fronted more than a dozen campaigns, including memorable turns for Tom Ford, Philipp Plein and Moncler. He was voted “Model of the Year” in 2015 and finished as the runner-up in a “Most Stylish Man” poll, right behind the one and only Kanye West.
But Smith’s success has had more to do with his serious work ethic and laidback demeanor rather than on plain luck. He’s not only setting trends with his All-American style and ever- changing hairdos, but also setting the standard for what it means to be a top male model in today’s fashion industry. In short: Work hard, own your look and be nice to your fans.
Tim Chan: For those who don’t know, what’s the story behind your name?
Lucky Blue Smith: Well, my parents said they were lucky to have a boy after having three girls before me— especially my dad! So, that’s how I got my name.
TC: What have been the highlights in your career so far?
LBS: It’s been crazy, but my career highlights have to be traveling to Iceland for the Moncler campaign, being on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and being in a Tom Ford campaign.
TC: How did it feel when you learned that you were up against Kanye as a finalist in that one “Most Stylish Man” poll?
LBS: It was really crazy. I mean, I was surprised to even be in the contest in the first place, let alone going up against Kanye in the final round.
TC: Speaking of notable names, Hedi Slimane photographed you when you were just 12. What do you remember about that experience?
LBS: Honestly, I had no clue how rad it was at the time. I mean, I was 12; so all I cared about was running around, going to the beach and doing all the usual 12-year- old things. Back then, I didn’t realize Hedi was a big deal in the fashion world, so thinking back about that experience with him, it’s really insane.
TC: What do you enjoy most from modeling? What things do you dislike?
LBS: I love the traveling part of modeling, and getting to meet such amazing people. There’s really not much at all that bugs me about it. I’m really blessed to be able to do this and be in this industry.
TC: What is the best destination you’ve ever visited for work?
LBS: Iceland was so rad! Everyone needs to go there.
TC: You’re very active on social media. What do you think about the influence of social media on models and their careers these days? What do you think about privacy issues?
LBS: I think it’s definitely helped models to be active on social media, but it’s also helped designers as well. Being on social media doesn’t always have to mean losing your privacy: Just because you’re on it, it doesn’t mean you have to let everyone know everything about you.
TC: How often do you check your social media accounts? Do you read all the comments?
LBS: I check it a bunch throughout the day. I mean there’s a lot to check up on. I don’t really read the comments that much, though. Sometimes there can be some pretty gnarly comments on there!
TC: Your siblings also work in the modeling industry. Does this benefit you in one way or another?
LBS: Yes, I am very, very close to my siblings, and being in this industry with them helps a lot.
TC: You play drums in The Atomics band. Can you give us a taste of what is coming up, music-wise?
LBS: There is so much about to come out this month. I can’t give you guys any dates, but just be ready for some killer music.
TC: Tell us about your film role in “Love Everlasting”? Is acting something you want to actively pursue?
LBS: “Love Everlasting” was my first experience being in a movie, and I was lucky enough to be given the lead role. I was really attracted to the story: It’s about true love and inner beauty, which I’m really drawn to. As for acting, I would love to be in a movie like “The Breakfast Club.”
TC: What’s the most important thing you have learned so far?
LBS: The most important thing I’ve learned is to be yourself and own it; you’re going to get turned down a lot, and you can’t let that faze you.
TC: Is there anyone in industry that you consider a role model or inspiration?
LBS: Not really in the fashion world, but I’ve always looked up to my dad.
TC: You’ve already accomplished so much at your age. What would be your dream project for the future?
LBS: Honestly, I’m not sure. I’m going to have to put some thought into that.
“THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I’VE LEARNED IS TO BE YOURSELF AND OWN IT”