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Friday 15 December 2017

Rosanna and Georgia would be huge in US, says supermodel David

SUPERMODEL David Gandy has advised Ireland's top models Georgia Salpa and Rosanna Davison to move to the US for their careers.

The 32-year-old told the Herald that the beauties would be a hit on the American fashion scene because the locals would love their accent.

The Essex-born hunk, who currently features in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign, said: "The Irish are a very friendly people and the Americans love the Irish, so of course they'd do even better in New York and places like that -- probably more than English [models]."

While he said he's heard of former Miss World Rosanna and Celebrity Big Brother star Georgia, David stressed that he doesn't socialise with others in the industry.

"I know of [Rosanna and Georgia], I've heard the names, but the thing is -- people think I'm hanging out with models all the time. I only have a couple of model friends," he said, speaking at the launch of Marks & Spencer's Collezione summer collection in Dublin yesterday.

One of the most in-demand men in the business, David admitted that it was embarrassing to talk about being a male model when he started out a decade ago.

"When ... the whole male model thing started, people didn't speak out about it at all. They were embarrassed saying they were a male model.

"I wasn't exactly embarrassed, but at the same time, you'd say you were in advertising or something.

"There are stereotypical views of male models, the only access people have to it are things ... like Zoolander. No one wants to be associated with that," he added.

But David, who previously dated The Saturdays singer Mollie King and has been previously linked to MTV presenter Laura Whitmore, said that it's getting better and better for male models.

"We're now progressing all the time, we'll never get anywhere near the likes of Gisele, but we're getting closer.

"I very much respect female supermodels. I've taken so much from them ... Irish model James Dornan has been very successful, it's great to see him doing so well."

And he insisted that he'd love to see Ireland's fashion designers also step up and come to the forefront more often.

"I can't say I know a huge amount about Irish designers, which is sad because I'm in the fashion industry ... I think it's only coming out about how much talent there is. Someone needs to shout about them a bit more."

Used to stripping down to pose for the cameras, David hones a trim, muscled body for his job.

But it doesn't come without a lot of hard training.

"Unfortunately it takes a lot of hard work. There's no cheat. I have no big secrets. I work out four or five times a week, I fit that into my schedule.

"It could be at nine in the morning or at 11 o'clock at night. It's just part of my daily routine and fitting it into a lifestyle."

Hopefuls looking to get a physique as toned as David can get his top tips on his new fitness app, due in July.

While he enjoyed a pint of Guinness on his arrival in the capital, it was a short stay for the hunk, who jetted back to the UK last night.

labutler@herald.ie

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