You’ve probably seen his face before, whether it’s on campaigns for L’Oreal, Hugo Boss, Dior, or on the pages of Flaunt, GQ and Hunger Mag, top male model Harvey Newton-Haydon carved out quite a career for himself since his humble debut in 2009. But there’s much more to Harvey than what you see on the surface. During a break on the set of his shoot for our debut issue of PEPLVM, we had the chance to sit down for a chat with the charming English model with piercing blue eyes and talk about his current obsessions, hopes and what he would have loved being in another life.
So tell us, how did your modeling career start?
It was nearly 8 years ago, I was at university and had saved up a lot of money, I took a flight to New York where I booked a little holiday for a week. About 3 days in, I ended up getting scouted in a nightclub. I was given a business card and the next day I made a phone call and 8 years later, here I am.
Can you share with us one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had since you started modeling?
I think the most shocking one, especially at the time, was when I got booked to do L’Oreal. It was my first big job and funny enough I was in San Francisco when all of a sudden I got told that I needed to get on a flight to LA. I was there for 6 hours and met a French director, we had a chat and that was that. After, I was told that I was confirmed for a shoot for L’Oreal and it felt so crazy I didn’t really know what to make of it. I doubted myself a little and thought it was going to be really small, but it ended up being a huge campaign for Studio Line. It was 3 days of shooting in LA and we went out to the desert and Venice beach, it was so much fun. Since then I still consider myself very fortunate to be modeling. Every job I turn up on is a new experience in itself so even if I’m doing a test shoot or a massive campaign; you always get what you give. So if you put in 100%, you’ll always get a profitable experience out of it.
Describe your own personal style. Are you inspired by what you wear on photoshoots?
I’m not going to lie; I don’t really draw that much inspiration from what I wear on photoshoots. A lot of the time I’m just wearing tracksuits. When I’m at home I literally roll around the house in tracksuits because it’s comfortable. But when I have to leave the house, it’s always jeans and a shirt. I tend to dress casual, but I do find that like the Mountaineering Chic look (laughs), I’m always wearing boots which are practical for biking, something heavy duty like Timberlands or Red Wings. I live in London too so I’m always ready for winter.
If you weren’t a model, what do you think you would like to be?
I’d like to be an awesome fashion designer that has a great label, the creative director of a brand and bring as much of my personal style in it as possible. In a different life, I would have loved to be a cowboy or a rancher. Like a Marlboro man that would be amazing, I actually can ride a horse so I’d just need to move to Arizona, get a really cool Stetson, learn how to chew tobacco, and get an internship at a ranch (laughs). But realistically, if I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be doing what I used to do, being a sales assistant, I worked at Gucci and Evisu as well, the Japanese denim brand. I definitely wouldn’t be a barman again because I was the worst barman that bartending had ever seen. I’d just make drinks either way too strong or way too weak. 9 times out of 10 it was way too strong. People would say, “Yeah I asked for a single and this is a quadruple”. I loved a bit of free pouring, I thought I was Tom Cruise in Cocktail but in reality not really (laughs).
By Charin Chong
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