David Gandy Tells Us Why He Now Embraces Zoolander Comparisons and Blue Steel

09 January 2013 by

David Gandy with Victoria Pendleton at London Collections: Men

David Gandy with Victoria Pendleton at London Collections: Men

For years, hunky British model David Gandy tried to distance himself from the Ben Stiller comedy about male models; Zoolander - and refused to laugh at any jokes comparing him to the film’s clueless protagonist, Derek Zoolander. Now he’s had a change of heart and decided to embrace the joke and the comedy pouting at last.

David told Grazia Daily at an event at menswear fashion week, that he has seen the film approximately 20 times, and it still makes him laugh. When asked if he’d be up for a cameo in Zoolander II (should it be made) he replied ‘I love to. As far as I know, there are no plans to make a sequel, but if they do, I’d love to be involved. Just get me and Ben Stiller in a room together and I’m sure we could make this happen’.

Why has he changed his mind? It has something to do with his announcement yesterday that he is joining forces with the TV charity fundraisers, Comic Relief, heading up a committee of fashion people to raise money for the good causes supported by Red Nose Day.

The idea is tap into the world of fashion to hold events, stunts and auctions of unique designer goodies and one-off items, as another branch of the organisation, in the way that Sport Relief gets celebrities to achieve sporting feats to raise funds (remember David Walliams swimming the Thames cheered on by Lara Stone with a megaphone?)

The mooted fashion fundraising activities involve eBay auctions and the Blue Steel Appeal – where everyone will be invited to show off their most piercing pouts – and be photographed – to raise awareness and get the appeal off the ground.


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