Exclusive Feature: Ryan Burns

BURN NOTICE. Ryan Burns has been in the modeling game some time yet remains at the very top

Ryan Burns DA MAN Style (2)

Outfit by Calvin Klein Collection

Ryan Burns DA MAN Style (1)

Outfit by DKNY

Ermenegildo Zegna, Hugo Boss, Massimo Dutti and Banana Republic are just a few of the brands that have employed the captivating looks—and locks—of model Ryan Burns to take their international campaigns to the next level. Raised in California, USA, Burns has always led an active, outdoor-orientated lifestyle, and he revels in this aspect of his work, never taking it for granted. A professional with a lively sense of humor, he is still enjoying the rollercoaster lifestyle that his job affords him. What Burns offers in return is a class and sophisticated act, one that cannot be imitated but must earned through experience and nothing else.

DA MAN: Hi Ryan, how are you doing? When did you first get scouted?

Ryan Burns: I was actually scouted by my own mother. Back when I was 17, she took me by the hand and practically dragged me into Ford Models for an interview. I was very reluctant at the time, but in hindsight, I can’t thank her enough for opening that door.

Ryan Burns DA MAN Style (3)

Outfit by Lanvin

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Outfit by Tom Ford, shoes by Dolce & Gabbana

DA: What’s the best thing about your job?

RB: Simply having the freedom to travel the world and experience life outside of an office. When I first started, I immediately knew this was an opportunity that shouldn’t be squandered and this has driven me to work hard at it.

DA: Could you tell us who your favorite fashion designer is?

RB: I can’t name a favorite as I’ve worked with so many amazing designers over the years. However, it’s been particularly great to see my friend Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman garnering attention, as I’ve been a fan since day one.


“The beauty of this job is that you never know where it will take you”


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Outfit by Etro

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Suit and shirt by Dsquared², trousers by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

DA: What makes a successful model?

RB: Discipline. You have to spend every day training, eating healthily, and paying attention to your body. You also have to deal with a lot of rejection due the hugely competitive nature of the industry. When you become comfortable with yourself and forget about everything else, that’s when you’ll have an actual career in modeling. Longevity is also crucial, because in this line of work, it’s a race against time.

DA: Is there a particular photographer you enjoy working with?

RB: Again, another tricky question! I always enjoy working with the incredibly talented Mr. Steven Meisel. He gave me my first big break and launched a career spanning 18 years and counting. Without his help, I probably wouldn’t be giving this interview. Thanks Steven!

Ryan Burns DA MAN Style (7)

Outfit by Alexander McQueen

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Outfit by Dolce & Gabbana

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Outfit by BOSS by Hugo Boss

DA: Highlight of your career so far?

RB: Recently I travelled to Africa with Vogue Hommes International, where we did a photo shoot in an elephant sanctuary. And I have to say one this was one of the best experiences of my life.

DA: What’s coming up next for you?

RB: Honestly, I have no idea. The beauty of this job is that you never know where it will take you. I could be sliding down a glacier on my bare ass holding a pair of shoes or selling a necktie by this time tomorrow. I’m just waiting for the phone to ring! In fact, is that it going now? [Laughs]


“When you become comfortable with yourself and forget about everything else, that’s when you’ll have an actual career in modeling”


Ryan Burns DA MAN Style (10)

Suit by Ermenegildo Zegna, shirt by BOSS by Hugo Boss

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Outfit by Gucci

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Outfit by Dolce & Gabbana

DA: Who is your role model and why?

RB: One role model that comes to mind is an American architect by the name of John Lautner. I love architecture and just recently completed building a home of my own in Los Angeles, which is where most of Lautner’s works were done. His works are timeless even today, and he paved the way for architects and stretched the boundaries of the way things are built. If you get a chance, check out his work, it’s truly amazing given the era and limited technology he had.

DA: What are you hobbies?

RB: My nine month-old daughter. She’s a real handful.


Photographer Mitchell Nguyen McCormack

Stylist Alexa Rangroummith Green

Grooming Leah Rial @ Exclusive Artists using Kevyn Aucoin and T3 Tools

Model Ryan Burns/ Ford Models