Sam Way (born in 1987 in Devon, England) is a male model. He is signed with Models 1 (London). He has done work for Diesel, B*Boy, Topman, Pull & Bear, Abercrombie & Fitch and Dolce & Gabanna. He is a British model best known for his television advert for Diesel’s “Only the Brave” fragrance. In 2010, he appears in a commercial for the fragrance Black XS by Paco Rabanne. [source: Wikipedia]
He first garnered international acclaim when he was photographed alongside Kate Moss by photographer Bruce Weber for Vogue Hommes.
INTERVIEW ( in 2009)
Sam Way was just 22 years old when the interview was done and its hard to believe that his career began almost 7 years ago. At the age of 17 he had already landed a Topman campaign and been photographed by Bruce Weber alongside Kate Moss.
Sam has also got lots of charisma, charm and breaks every stereotype about male models. Hailing from a town with a population of less than 7000 people, Sam has gone on to become one of the UK’s most prominent face in fashion. Below is his interview.
Tell us a little about yourself – (where you grew up, your life – anything you wish to tell)
Okay! so…… I grew up in a small town called Crediton in Devon. The most exciting thing that ever happened there was the alleged birth of “St Boniface” the man who is accredited partly for the integration of the famed Christmas tree into our festive celebrations. So a pretty dull environment to grow up in on reflection
How did you start modelling?
I went through school as standard, got into rugby, began playing for the county and then, on a trip up to London with my mum, got spotted by Models1 in the Oxford St, Topshop. I was 15 at the time, and didn’t know what to think of it. My mate Myles, who was there with me began spreading the gospel through school that I was now officially a model for TOPMAN.
Eventually M1 organised a test shoot and took me onto their books. The first few jobs were for girls magazines. My mum made the trip up to London every time and made sure I was suitably embarrassed for the duration of the shoot. The first big job I got was ironically for TOPMAN. From then on, I tried to balance school with modelling, sometimes un-equally, and decided after I’d finished my A levels, that I would do it full time for a while.
You starred in two major commercials last year (Paco Rabanne and Diesel). Have you ever thought about going into acting?
Diesel and Paco were great fun. But I still haven’t made my mind up yet about acting. I think its hard, a lot harder than people think, and not everyone can do it. The last thing you want to do is become some horrible model turned actor cliche’ and then absolutely prove to people through your lack of talent that you should of stayed being ‘just a pretty face’. But I never shut doors. If someone were to approach me and offer me an audition/script/part. I would always give it the best I could.
If you weren’t a model what would you like to do instead?
I’d quite like to be a ninja. But like Max (Rogers)…I’m a writer (In fact I’m pretty sure we said we would give each other feedback on some stuff we’ve both written. I’m going to message him now) But I’m all into Socialism, and think the world is in a pretty messed up way. So I wouldn’t mind venturing into Politics or Social Science if I felt I could make a difference. When I was little I wanted to be a Marine Biologist, I guess that’s still on the cards too…………
Do people recognize you on the street?
Nope….I’m an enigma (Thats pretty hard to believe considering that his videos on a youtube have received over a 100000 views. and hes got several facebook fan pages and message boards dedicated to him)
What has been the memorable point of your career?
The most memorable point of my career has to be working with Kate Moss. I was 17 at the time and there I was in speedos lying next to the most photographed woman of all time……things like that just don’t happen to a boy from the shire.
What kind of jobs would you like to do in the future?
I’m easy as far a jobs go. I’d love to work with Bruce again. He really supported me when I was starting out in this industry. But I’d also love to shoot a campaign where I’m allowed to smile and not have to look like I want to hit someone.
Whats the craziest thing you have ever done?
If somebody has no secrets they become less enchanting. The crazy stuff stays with me.
Tell us something about yourself that most people would be surprised to know.
I think people would be surprised to know that…..I’m just a regular guy….one who’s been incredibly lucky….(dare I say blessed). But if that’s far too humble an answer and not surprising enough I can also pull a sick back-flip off a wall, do magic tricks, am writing a book, love cooking, I’m a porridge fanatic and was on the BBC news when I was about 5 for having a rare condition called Henoch-Schonlein Purpura which nearly killed me.
In your job you get to travel a lot. Where is your favourite place that you have been to?
By far the best place I have been to is Marrakesh. It’s like nowhere else I’ve been to, and literally blew my mind. I urge anyone who’s reading this (Hi by the way, and thanks for taking the time to read this) to just go..as soon as possible.
Two popular commercials staring Sam Way:
Only the Brave – for DIESEL Fragrance
Black XS 2009 – for Paco Rabanne