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pho­tog­ra­phy mitchell Nguyen mccor­mack

styling alexa Ran­groummith Green

The length of the av­er­age model­ing ca­reer is five years. It seems that no­body both­ered to tell that to Tony Ward, who en­tered the in­dus­try way back in 1983 and never left. Now, on the one hand, a lot of peo­ple might know him mostly as Madonna’s boyfriend in the early ‘90s who ap­peared in the rather in­fa­mous “Jus­tify My Love” mu­sic video and in the book “Sex,” which was even more con­tro­ver­sial (while still reign­ing supreme as one of the most sought-af­ter out-of-print cof­fee ta­ble book in the world). On the other hand, he is one heck of a model. Ward made his de­but his de­but in a Calvin Klein’s un­der­wear cam­paign shot by Herb Ritts, and went on to work with the likes of Karl Lager­feld and Terry Richard­son for Dolce & Gab­bana, Diesel, Hugo Boss and many more.

If any­thing, his body of work has only grown over the years. To­day he acts in movies and mu­sic videos; he has cre­ated his own fash­ion brand; and he dab­bles in var­i­ous forms of art. Nat­u­rally, pick­ing the brain of this vet­eran artist turned out to be a re­mark­ably en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence. DA MAN: Hi Tony, how are you do­ing and how’s 2016 shap­ing up for you so far? Tony Ward: I am do­ing just fine! Life is great and I’m now back in Los An­ge­les, which is home for me. And 2016 seems to be still far out. DA: Are there any big model­ing, movie or art projects that you’ll be busy work­ing on this year? TW: I just fin­ished shoot­ing a short film. And then there’s my cloth­ing line, Six In The Face, which I cre­ated eight years ago. It was sit­ting in my stor­age col­lect­ing dust, but it was picked up just be­fore the end of 2015 by the owner of Church Bou­tique. What a bless­ing. I thought they would never see

the cre­ated light one-of-a-kindof day or find de­stroyedtheir way to punk any­body’s gla­di­a­tor-in­spired­back­side. I T-shirts and hood­ies. Be sure to check them out!

I will also be work­ing on new paint­ings this year with my friend Daniel Ri­vas. It’s a new gi­gan­tic se­ries of paint­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions—it’s go­ing to be very ex­cit­ing. And there will also be col­lab­o­ra­tions with other artists in film and art projects, and I will also fi­nally take up gui­tar lessons again. Mu­sic may be another medium I’m go­ing to be­gin in as well. So, 2016 is shap­ing up very nice. DA: It’s pretty amaz­ing that you’ve been in the in­dus­try for more than three decades. How is model­ing to­day com­pared to what it was in the ’80s and ’90s? TW: Well, it’s very dif­fer­ent. These days, too many peo­ple can pro­vide in­put, in­clud­ing most, if not all, of the clients. They need to stay out and keep their opin­ions to them­selves. In the good old days, the art and imagery were left to the artists—the pho­tog­ra­phers. Clients weren’t even al­lowed on set. Pho­tog­ra­phers were trusted and beloved for their ta­lent and vi­sion. Too many taste­less cor­po­rate types have their stinky fin­gers in the pie to­day. And that’s all I have to say about that. It’s my fourth decade and I’m still go­ing strong. DA: Your ca­reer has long been as­so­ci­ated with many big names and celebri­ties. Among all of the peo­ple you’ve worked with, who were the ones that re­ally cat­a­pulted your ca­reer?

TW: Me, my­self and I. My agents did a pretty damn good job for me as well. But I don’t think that my ca­reer has ever been “cat­a­pulted” by some­body else. I stayed on course through­out it all; I never give up on some­thing that works for me. I’ve lived in hotels while trav­el­ing and meet­ing new peo­ple, but the money is not bad. I’ve done other types of work as well over the years, but model­ing is a bless­ing and I’m for­tu­nate that I get to do it to this day. As long as peo­ple want to work with me, I will do the work.

“No, there’s No

Com­pe­ti­tion. there’s No­body

like me”

“too Many taste­less cor­po­rate types have their Stinky

Fin­gers In the [ Fash­ion] pie to­day”

DA: your Of past course, re­la­tion­shipwe have withto ask her about im­pact Madonna.your mod­el­ingHow did work?TW: Hon­estly,And whatI end­ed­was it up ac­tu­al­ly­los­ing likea lot backof jobs then? be­cause of it. Peo­ple re­la­tion­ship. judged Un­for­tu­nately,her—they al­ways the have—and­fans didn’t my­self in­clude due clientsto this who work-wise. would [ hire Laughs] me; oth­er­wise, I may have done a lot bet­ter, DA: Is there a lot of com­pe­ti­tion among male mod­els? If so, what’s your se­cret for stay­ing on top of the game? TW: No, there’s no com­pe­ti­tion. There’s no­body like me— just as there is no­body like all the rest. I don’t think that way; it’s not healthy. DA: For male mod­els, which is a more im­por­tant as­set: face or physique? TW: Both. DA: Speak­ing of which, what’s your se­cret to look­ing young and ath­letic? TW: Youth in spirit is all that is needed. DA: You’ve never been trained as a model. So, do you think of model­ing as some­thing that can be picked up through learn­ing or do you need to have a nat­u­ral knack for it? Or is it a mat­ter of luck?

TW: No, it isn’t about luck at all. It’s just like act­ing: You have to be in touch with your in­sides and not be judg­men­tal about your­self. You also need to have fun, study act­ing and danc­ing, and get over the idea that it’s your looks that count. DA: If an as­pir­ing model asks you, “Is model­ing an easy job?” what would you say to him? TW: Yes, it is very easy. If you’re made for it, that is. It must be some­thing you en­joy for your­self, or else don’t even try.

DA: What’s the best piece of ad­vice you can give to a bud­ding model try­ing to make it in the biz?

TW: Like I said be­fore, but there’s more: Read lots of books of dif­fer­ent kinds; fill your mind with the po­etry of your own hu­man­ity. Be­lieve in your pure soul and that you are per­fect just as you are. Learn to play mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, build a mo­tor­cy­cle, travel to parts of the world you never thought you would, play with chil­dren, do yoga. Prac­tice box­ing. Help peo­ple not as for­tu­nate as your­self—al­ways. Med­i­tate on a higher state of be­ing; pic­ture your­self striv­ing for—but never achiev­ing—per­fec­tion and you will be good. DA: In sev­eral in­ter­views, you’ve men­tioned that be­ing a fa­ther has been a big change. How do you talk about your work to your chil­dren? TW: Just say it’s a good way to make a liv­ing. DA: Do any of them want to fol­low in your foot­steps and have plans to be­come mod­els too? How would you re­spond if that turns out to be the case? TW: When they are pre­pared for it and they choose to take that path, I can help them. DA: By the way, how many tat­toos do you have now? What’s the lat­est one? TW: About thirty, but the map has not been com­pleted yet. Maybe I will have “The End” tat­tooed on me as I die qui­etly and peace­fully in the fi­nale. DA: If you had not gone into the model­ing/fash­ion in­dus­try or show­biz, what do you think would you have done back then? TW: I’d like to say that I would have wan­dered the Earth with my an­i­mal broth­ers; foraging, swim­ming in lakes, oceans and seas around the world as a sage traveler pass­ing and at­tain­ing wis­dom.

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