Sunday 23rd September, 12:30



See the Life as a Male Model talk in the Talks Gallery on Sunday 23rd September

Brian Whittaker, Eric Underwood, Richard Biedul & Ty Ogunkoya discuss what it’s like being a male model in 2018.


About Brian Whittaker:

Instagram sensation turned model who has earned a following of more than 850,000. He was signed by Select Model Management.  He started modelling after being scouted on Instagram after a fellow model recommended him to his agent.


About Eric Underwood:

American dancer Eric Underwood is a former Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2006 as a First Artist and was promoted to Soloist in 2008. He left The Royal Ballet in August 2017. In his first Season with the Company he created roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à grande vitesseand Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. He went on to create roles for Wheeldon in AeternumElectric Counterpoint and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (the Caterpillar), and for McGregor in ChromaInfraAcis and GalateaLive Fire ExerciseRaven GirlTetractysWoolf WorksObsidian Tear and Multiverse.


Underwood was born in Washington D.C. and aged 14 began training locally with Barbara Marks. At the end of his first year he joined the School of American Ballet, New York, later winning the school’s Philip Morris Foundation Scholarship. He graduated into the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2000 and was promoted to soloist at the end of the season, before moving to American Ballet Theatre in 2003. His repertory there included Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), High Brahmin (La Bayadère), Officer (Cinderella), Gaoler and Gentleman (Manon), Apollo (Sylvia) and roles in The Four TemperamentsAgonWork Within Work and In the Upper Room.


About Richard Biedul:

Richard Biedul, born in London, was signed as a model in the summer of 2013 whilst still practising as solicitor at a leading City law firm.


Richard made an immediate impact in London, Paris, Milan and New York. Walking for and shooting with some of the world’s leading fashion brands including Armani, Canali, Davidoff, Dunhill, Etro, Hackett, J Crew, La Perla, M&S, Oliver Spencer, Paul Smith. In addition to this Richard has also graced the pages of many of the world’s leading publications and worked with some of the industry’s top photographers.


Richard was the first male face of the newly launched La Perla menswear range and, featured alongside supermodels; Lui Wen, Maria Carla Boscono and Naomi Campbell during his year long tenure. Richard has also secured a contract with Richard James as the face of their classic Saville Row fragrance.


Since Richard’s first season, he has become well known for his impeccable personal style, a staunch advocate of British design and tailoring he regularly appears on best-dressed lists and street style blogs around the globe. More recently Richard has branched out into production, Art and Style Direction as well as turning his has to fashion journalism.


In 2016 Richard was ranked by as one of the industry’s top earners and remains as such.


In 2017 Richard was voted 47th best dressed man in the world by British GQ and has been similarly ranked by GQ Spain, Russia and China in 2018.


In 2018 Richard launched his first collection of British heritage inspired workwear with London based King & Tuckfield. Season two premiered at London Fashion Week Men’s in June with a third instalment scheduled for January 2019.


Finally Richard has recently signed up to host a five-part documentary series on design with British GQ and Wired.


About Ty Ogunkoya:

Ty Ogunkoya is signed with MIKAs Stockholm, Spin Model Management Hamburg, View Management Barcelona, Why Not Model Management Milan, Premium Models Paris and New York Model Management New York. His mother agency is Premier Model Management in London.


In 2008 Ty Ogunkoya signed with New York Model Management, he walked the fall show as an exclusive for Dior Homme in Paris, he was photographed for Benetton, he walked the spring shows for Versace, Belstaff, Costume National, Etro and Hermes in Paris and Milan and he walked the spring shows for DKNY and 3.1 Phillip Lim in New York.


In 2009 he was in an ad campaign for DKNY and was in editorials for GQ Style Italy and Own Magazine.


In 2010 he was in the spring issue of Vogue Hommes International, he appeared in ad campaigns for Firetrap and House of Fraser, he was in the spring issue of Dansk and he walked the spring show for Lacoste in New York.


In 2011 he was in an ad campaign for Kenneth Cole and he was in an editorial for Collection by Diego Merino for Collezione Uomo Russia.


In 2012 he walked for Paul Smith, Kenzo, John Galliano, Lacoste, General Idea and Tommy Hilfiger and appeared in an ad campaign for John Galliano.


In 2013 he was in ad campaigns for Paul Smith, Diesel, Primark and Gap, he was in editorials for Open Lab Magazine, Portrait, Harrods, Numero Homme China and GQ Germany, he was on the cover of Open Lab Magazine and walked for Lacoste, General Idea, Rag & Bone and Vivienne Westwood.


In 2014 he walked for Margaret Howell, Berluti, Dries Van Noten and Issey Miyake, he was on the cover of Rivista Studio, he was in editorials for L’Officiel Hommes Germany, Paper Magazine and Bon Magazine and was in an ad campaign for Galeries Lafayette.


More recently in 2015 Ty Ogunkoya walked for Sandro, Hermes, Issey Miyake, Haider Ackermann, Hardy Amies, Paul Smith, Rick Owens and Christophe Lemaire.


His look books include the 2013 look book for Hermes and the 2015 look book for OAMC.