Supermodels & Icons: David Agbodji

David Agbodji
David Agbodji (@davidagbodji)

Some of the most beautiful things in the world were birth in Paris, France. Art, architecture, clothing, food, and even people associated with “The City of Lights” are all applauded for their elegance, opulence, and aesthetic wonders. International male model, David Agbodji, is definitely no exception to the rule.

David is known for his work with Calvin Klein, Philipp PleinBilly ReidVivienne WestwoodPublic School, and Dsquared2, just to name a few. Standing at 6’1, the Parisian born model exhibits effortless physical appeal. With a noticeable, but never overpowering face, he’s been photographed countless times; appearing in some of the world’s most notable fashion publications.

David Agbodji

David started modeling in 2008 after signing with Request Model Management in New York City. Almost immediately after he appeared in spring issue go GQ Style UK. Afterwards, he made his runway debut in 2009, opening and closing the Calvin Klein show in Milan. The show put his name on the map as one of the most sought after up-and-coming male models. The following year, he was asked to become the face of Calvin Klein.

2010 was a big year for David. He appeared in a V Magazine editorial shoot and a French Vogue editorial. On the runways, he walked for Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton‘s spring shows in Milan and Paris; and for New York Fashion Week’s spring shows he walked for Tommy Hilfiger. That fall, he walked for Dolce & Gabbana in Milan. David also renewed his contract with Calvin Klein.  Throughout the years, he’s continued to consistently book runway shows, shoot editorials, be featured in many advertisements.

Though he was born in Paris, David’s parents are originally from Togo. The family moved to Moscow, Russia for 10 years before relocating to New York City. When he first started modeling he was a student at New York University. Now he’s added the title of photographer to his resume, creating his own artistic shoots. He also plans to start a foundation one day, that revolves around art.

David Agbodji

David’s popularity is not slowing down anytime soon. He’s the model who’s always a sure thing, no matter if he’s wearing casual ready-to-wear, high-fashion pieces or even avant-garde. And with the issues of a noticeable lack of African American models on the runways, it’s nice to see a male African American in such high demand. It will be interesting to see where his career will take him next.

Martel Sharpe

Martel is a writer in Atlanta, who's cooler than a polar bear's toenail. He loves reading, writing, and brunch. Reach out to Martel through email, martel.kontrolhomme@gmail.com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @markopolowe.

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