pretty shades of blue


DA MAN - Style - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy Mitchell nguyen Mccor­mack Styling sean knight

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.


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