Andrey Zakharov is Probably the Most Zen Male Top Model Ever

DA MAN: How did you first get started in modeling?
Andrey Zakharov: Eight years ago I was working in a clothing store. One day a stranger told me that I could be a model and stop working in the store. I didn’t understand him right away and, of course, that time in such a small provincial city in Russia, no one knew about male modeling. [Laughs] Still, I somehow started to explore that idea of becoming a model. In those days I didn’t look like a model at all. I was playing bass guitar in an emo-core rock band and, of course, I looked like an emo boy with black hair, smoky eyes and black nails, wearing super-skinny yellow jeans and piercings on my lips and ears. I decided to kick-start my career and get out of that small town and open myself to new directions. I was watching all famous fashion shows, and I was practicing my walking and posing in front of a big mirror in my room. Somehow I made my first photo shoot with my friend, who was just a beginner in photography, and I used those first pictures in my book. I realized this dream in one year’s time as I was already in Paris and Milan for the fashion week.

DA MAN: What are some of the most notable brands that you’ve walked or done photo shoots for so far?
Andrey Zakharov: For seven years of my career, I’ve done a lot. In terms of fashion shows, I’ve done Tom Ford, Viktor & Rolf, John Galliano, Dolce & GabbanaGiorgio Armani, Bottega VenettaVivienne Westwood, Z Zegna, Philipp Plein, Ermanno Scervino, TrussardiDirk Bikkembergs, Dsquared2 … can’t remember them all. [Laughs] Also, I had a chance to work with many famous and talented people in the fashion industry, such as Tom Ford, Mariano Vivanco, Milan Vukmirovic and Nicola Formichetti.


Andrey Zakharov for DA MAN STYLE FW16 in Outfit by Louis Vuitton
Outfit by Louis Vuitton


DA MAN: What do you usually do during your down time?
Andrey Zakharov: I still make music, play guitar, sing and produce electronic beats. I’m also a big fan of vinyl records, and I deejay as well and spin my vinyl. [Laughs] For seven years of free time beside modeling, I already tried working as a fashion designer for a year, and as an art director for a fashion magazine. Also, I published my styling guide for a few magazines. I have a good connection to the universe, and that’s why I can download information from higher dimensions straight to my brain. I practice meditation and work with my energy and with crystals. I understand that people need my personal inner exclusive energy, and that’s why I started to work with my energy level and consciousness. Modeling raises your ego, so that’s why I must reduce that influence. I love spending time observing artworks. In all cities I travel to, I always go to art galleries and museums. Of course, I love sports and working out, learning how all our muscles work and how to stay healthy. I love national parks, beaches and nature. I love to understand that we are just part of the whole lovely universe. It helps me relax and stay focused with my inner voice and soul.


Andrey Zakharov for DA MAN STYLE FW16 in Outfit and shoes by Alexander McQueen
Outfit and shoes by Alexander McQueen

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