In an industry where female models command the real money and job opportunities, male models have been rather slow coming into their own. But thanks to more editorial work, runway shows and massive social media exposure, we are starting to see more male models get their due attention.
You may not know these male models by their first names, but you’ve likely seen them in various ad campaigns, music videos and commercials.
Check out our roundup of the world’s top male models:
1. Francisco Lachowski
The current top male model voted on by models.com is this Brazilian superstar (also pictured at top). Having worked on high-profile campaigns like Balmain and Tommy Hilfiger, this beauty has shown us true versatility as a male model. Even with his “boy next door” look, Lachowski can turn up the heat with his “blue steel” stare.
2. Lucky Blue Smith
A social media darling, it’s hard not to notice this blond, blue-eyed cutie. With a strong Instagram following of 2.8 million, this handsome American successfully crossed over to the fashion industry and landed several coveted covers, from GQ to V magazine.
3. Sang Woo Kim
This British-born South Korean star is easily recognizable by those high cheekbones. Always exuding a cool vibe, Kim has walked high-fashion shows from Burberry to Dolce Gabbana and is a solid fixture during men’s fashion weeks worldwide.
4-5. Armando and Fernando Cabral
Great genes obviously run in this family. Both Armando and Fernando — hailing from Lisbon, Portugal — have conquered the fashion world. Already a successful shoe designer, Armando has rocked both runways and editorial pages with a suave elegance. You can spot him in H&M campaigns. Fernando, following in his brother’s footsteps, has strutted the runway for Rick Owens and Givenchy. And like his brother, Fernando has an impressive portfolio, including editorials for GQ and Lacoste ad campaigns.
6. Cameron Dallas
Another Instagram sensation, this American entertainer also successfully crossed over and has left an impact on the fashion world. Another model with “boy next door” charm, Dallas has been featured on the cover of Portugal’s GQ and has walked in Dolce & Gabbana shows. Follow him on Insta and check out his colorful gallery of photos.
7. Kit Butler
The breakout face of 2015, Butler has walked a total of 19 shows for the fall/winter 2017 season. With his collegiate look, this Brit has become a favorite for many top designers. He’s been the face of ad campaigns for Emporio Armani and Polo Ralph Lauren, and Butler has us smitten with his natural charm.
8. Hao Yun Xiang
With his striking features, this 6’2″ Chinese stunner has left a real impression on the fashion world. A favorite editorial model, Hao Yun has a portfolio of clients ranging from Bloomingdale’s to Elle China. A regular model for Giorgio Armani fashions, Xiang has walked in the designer’s runway shows since 2012.
9. Shaun Ross
Hailing from Brooklyn and discovered in a YouTube video, Ross is the first “African Albino model” to walk for top designers. With his unique look, he not only won over the fashion industry but used his celebrity status to launch campaigns like “In My Skin I Win” to empower individuals to learn self-acceptance. No longer single, this proudly out model also appeared in several videos for stars like Beyoncé and Katy Perry.
10. Sean O’Pry
You have seen this guy in Viktor & Rolf cologne ads, and you saw him play Taylor Swift’s love interest in the “Blank Space” video. O’Pry, an industry icon, has set himself apart as one of the world’s leading male models. With his rugged American look, he has appeared in more magazines than we can count, including GQ, and has walked in runways for the world’s top designers.
11. Paolo Roldan
Discovered by the House of Givenchy, this Canadian-born Filipino burst onto the scene brandishing a raw sexuality. Dark and exotic, Roldan has been busy modeling for editorial pieces and is a regular at Giorgio Armani runway shows.
12. Rob Evans
You know him as a judge on America’s Next Top Model, but before he mentored aspiring models, Evans was an accomplished male model working for fashion houses spanning Givenchy to Moschino. With his muscular physique and athletic build, this British-born stunner was chosen as one of People magazine’s sexiest men alive.
Feature Image from Versace S/S 2017 via models.commagazines