NYC BOY

Ath­lete, model, writer: Matt James is not your av­er­age over-achiev­ing Amer­i­can hunk! Pho­tog­ra­phy Jade Young.

DNA Magazine - - CONTENT #225 - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY JADE YOUNG JADEYPHOTO JADEJADEJADEY WWW.JADEPHOTOGRAPHY.NET MODEL MATT JAMES THEMATTJAMES THEMATTJAMESD MEDIUM.COM @THEMATTJAMESD

DNA: Con­grat­u­la­tion on the im­ages you’ve shot with Jade Young. They’re stun­ning! How did the col­lab­o­ra­tion come about?

Matt James: I hap­pened to find my way on to Jade’s In­sta­gram page and loved the work, so I clicked fol­low and from there we di­rect mes­saged back and forth. That lead to the first shots we saw on the DNA web­site and then a sec­ond shoot, spe­cially com­mis­sioned by DNA.

Yes! We have a great con­nec­tion and vibe, which ul­ti­mately lead to this shoot.

Are you the “all-Amer­i­can boy”?

Yes and no. There are el­e­ments of the all-Amer­ica boy that I em­body: the con­fi­dent jock… I grew up play­ing Amer­i­can foot­ball, hockey and lacrosse. That’s part of my DNA. How­ever, I don’t iden­tify with the idea of be­ing that all-Amer­i­can boy who is typ­i­cally ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive. I’m a big-city guy who is very open-minded and pas­sion­ate. I love fash­ion, well­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and cre­ative think­ing. Es­sen­tially, I’m the mod­ern, mod­i­fied ver­sion of the all-Amer­i­can boy. You’re in great shape. How much work do you put in weekly to look this good?

Thank you! It varies. Some­times from 5 to 7 days. That may seem like overkill but I like mix­ing up the train­ing so that I don’t fully ex­haust my body. Some days I may just do up­per body, lower body, pull ex­er­cises, push ex­er­cises, or throw in some wild card yoga.

How com­fort­able do you feel in the more re­veal­ing, sex­u­alised im­ages?

I am proud of my body and not afraid to show it. I am open to idea of be­ing “body pos­i­tive”.

You also look great with clothes on! Are you in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing more fash­ion shoots?

Ha ha! Thank you! Def­i­nitely in­ter­ested. I love clothes and styling them to make life­style shoots a bit more fun for me. I per­son­ally pick out pieces and as­sem­ble the look.

Tell us about your cross-train­ing phi­los­o­phy. We’re all fa­mil­iar with the cross-train­ing con­cept – but how can peo­ple make it work best for them?

Good ques­tion. The key to cross-train­ing is be­ing open-minded and will­ing to try new things whether it be ex­er­cises, set/rep train­ing switches, dif­fer­ent car­dio ma­chines, etc. I like pulling from all dif­fer­ent types of train­ings and fit­ness dis­ci­plines – car­dio, weights, yoga, Pi­lates. A good anal­ogy for this is go­ing to a buf­fet: you pick things that you like to eat but you must be will­ing to try new foods that you haven’t had be­fore. Be a lit­tle ad­ven­tur­ous and think out­side the box.

You de­scribe your­self as an as­pir­ing Per­for­mance Con­sul­tant and Fu­ture Cre­ative Direc­tor… what are your am­bi­tions?

I have a long list! For starters, I will con­tinue to grow my cur­rent per­for­mance/well­ness con­sul­tancy busi­ness and build up a one-to-one per­sonal con­sul­tant busi­ness along­side it. At the same time, I’ll ex­pand my The Pur­suit Of… ar­ti­cles on Medium.com, where I write about fash­ion, well­ness, per­for­mance, mu­sic and mo­ti­va­tion.

What’s great about liv­ing in New York now?

One word: op­por­tu­nity. I know it’s a cliché but I wouldn’t have had this op­por­tu­nity, to be in DNA, if it wasn’t for mov­ing to New York and div­ing head first into mod­el­ling.

MATT WEARS CALVIN KLEIN TANK TOP.

MATT WEARS LIT­TLE ROK SWIMWEAR BRIEF.

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