“Male models who are at the top of their field in the industry manage to keep their egos in check, and remain the most regular guys you’ll ever meet.” – Myles Crosby
There’s a lot more to modeling than meets the eye. And there’s a hell of a lot more to the models themselves than just fit figures and perfect hair. Welcome to Face Time. DFW Style Daily’s exclusive series explores the personalities behind some of Dallas’ most recognizable faces.
So far, we’ve taken a very risky trip to the country with Cameron Phan, and relived with Carlotta Lennox the unparalleled experience of Yves Saint Laurent sketching his haute couture collection from her very form. And that’s not even the half of it.
Today, Myles Crosby takes the plunge. His national ads for Calvin Klein are unbelievably hot, but Myles keeps his cool with his music and strong family ties. And the occasional bowl of Fruity Pebbles.
Name: Myles Crosby
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Agency: Kim Dawson Agency
Notable Clients: FD Luxe, Calvin Klein Fragrance, Eyewear & Apparel
DFW Style Daily: At what age did you begin modeling? Tell us about your first job.
Myles Crosby: “I was 16 when I signed with the Kim Dawson Agency, and my first job was a local product placement ad for a popular sports drink. When I arrived at the photo shoot, I realized that I was cast as part of Duncanville’s high school basketball team, which was, in fact, a big rival of my high school in Colleyville at the time.”
What do you think is the biggest misconception about the modeling industry?
“Many people think that male models are ‘divas.’ All of the male models I have worked with are actually down-to-earth people. Most male models have a great work ethic, and are typically disciplined athletes. Tyson Ballou, Matthew Terry, and Sean O’Pry are great friends of mine. These men, who are at the top of their field in the industry, manage to keep their egos in check and remain the most regular guys you’ll ever meet.”
Care to tell us about a particularly memorable assignment?
“When I was 16, I got a job to do a shoot in a very romantic setting with a female model in her thirties. I guess you could say I got to live every young teenage boy’s dream.”
Are there any “deal breakers” for you when it comes to job requirements?
“My litmus test is if I would be uncomfortable showing something to my family or friends. If so, I won’t do it. That pretty much covers it.”
What is your dream assignment, or who would be your dream client?
“I spent some time with beautiful Candice Swanepoel during a casting for Calvin Klein in New York. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to work with her.”
Do you have a personal role model? What have you learned from his or her example?
“I don’t have just one specific role model. I have been influenced by the friends and family members I’ve chosen to place around myself. But, if we are speaking about modeling specifically, I’d say my mother. She traveled with me on planes almost every day for my business and shoots when I was underage. During those few years, we shared a lot with each other.”
How do you prepare for an assignment?
“I am a very low maintenance guy. When I get a call for an assignment, it’s easy to pack – some clothing, my music and go. It’s that simple. I’m in sweat pants and a beanie most of the time. Please don’t ask me what face cream I use – I don’t!”
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
“I had five pieces of French toast, chocolate milk, sausage, eggs, and a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Really!”
When you’re not working, how might you spend a free afternoon or evening in Dallas?
“I really enjoy working out and training for the upcoming football season, as well as making music with my friends. Music is a passion of mine. Deion Sanders, Jr., Ajee Montes, and I have a record label called Well Off Records. Some samples of my music are on soundcloud.com (Search: mirkocrosby). I also have a music video that you can find on YouTube, mirko-Cinderella.”
All photos courtesy of Myles Crosby and Vera Crosby Photography.