Chris Moore: “I´ll never forget working with Gisele Bundchen. The entire shoot was fun, but very surreal at the same time.”

19 mar, 2013

Hey! I was born in Richmond, Virginia, but I grew up mostly in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In highschool I wrestled and played football. I’m interested in basically any outdoor activity. I surf, longboard, backpack, kayak, and I love taking my truck mudding.

One of my biggest personal interests is being a pilot though.Last year I attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Riddle is a merge of a college and a flight school! While attending I took standard classes, but then actually had flight lessons in between. My goalis to make enough from modeling to pay for all of my tuition and flight lessons.

Modeling: how did all begin

When I was 15, a few years ago,  I was at the mall Christmas shopping with my mom and sister.Before we left the mall, I decided to grab a milkshake from Chic-Fil-A (one of my favorite restaurants).While I was heading back to my seat a tall man approached me and explained that he was a scout for Abercrombie and agencies in New York. He told me his name was Early Williams and asked if I was interested in the idea of doing a free test shoot to send to agencies in New York.

After one big gulp of the shake I told him, “Sure!”. After the holidays, my mom and I met up with Early on the UNC Chapel Hill campus to work on my first test shoot. I just brought some of my favorite outfits that I would wear to school, and one suit. We shot around on Franklin Street which is the most popular spot on the campus. I was only in high school at the time, so shooting in front of a bunch of curious college students made me pretty uncomfortable. We got the shots we needed though.

Early sent the shots up to NYC, and immediately agencies like Wilhelmina, DNA, and VNY showed interest. That spring I went up to New York to visit each agency. I ended up choosing Wilhelmina because they seemed to be the most eager to work with me. From that point, I went back and forth to New York to do castings, but I didn’t really commit until I was 18 and out of highschool. Immediately after I graduated from highschool, I booked my first for Givenchy in Paris.

So far the best part of modeling for me is the traveling and networking. I have gotten the chance to make genuine friends in places all around the world. I didn’t have much interest in leaving the country before I started working as a model. My career has helped me appreciate other cultures, and overall become more open minded. The world also feels a lot smaller now because of the way that I’ve had to travel back and forth to Europe. The idea of knowing that I can go so far from home and still have friends around is very comforting.

Working with photographers, jet lag and snakes!

I always like it when the photographer has a specific story that they want to tell through the pictures that they take of me. Trying to play into the role they have set makes the shoot more dimensional and even more fun. Ive never really had any routine preparation for shoots, other than this jaw exercise that Gisele taught me in order to relax my face haha. Good music on set helps too.

When I did shoots in Paris I was always known for falling asleep because of jet lag. People at Givenchy even nicknamed me the “sleeping star”. When I was shooting an editorial for Dazed and Confused I had to work with these huge snakes! Wearing and playing with the snakes made me a little paranoid. So when I would take one of my infamous naps on set, Ricardo Tisci would actually come up behind me and make creepy hissing noises to scare me awake.

The Givenchy campaign with Gisele Bündchen

Shooting with Gisele was fun! She was really easy to talk to and work with. It was interesting to actually see a model take control of the set. Doing the SS 12 show helped me get selected for the ad. I actually got to open and close the show, and then later in the summer I shot a couple of editorials for Givenchy. While shooting one of the editorials in Paris, Ricardo told me that he wanted me and Simone to do the campaign.

The backstages experiences: having fun with his buddies

Im always impressed with how much work goes into the shows I do. I think people would find how models behave and what we discuss backstage pretty funny because of how serious we look just a moment later on the runway. For instance, Michael Bastian casted a lot of cool looking rugged models. So most people wouldn’t have imagined that we all were sharing the worst “Dead Baby” and “Knock Knock” jokes that we could think of literally seconds before we hit the runway.

I also got to work with a lot of my friends when I walked for the AMFAR Gala show which was bitter sweet. Working with my friends was good because it made hanging out backstage comfortable, but bad because we all tried to make each other crack a smile when we passed on the runway. So far I have worked for Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Gap, and Michael Bastian.

The fashion industry for male and female models

I don’t know much about the women’s industry, but I think they have a stronger short term presence in the industry. They seem to start younger and work more frequently than the guys. I think the guys definitely have a slightly weaker presence, but definitely a long term one.

Chris´ style

A fashionista?

I don’t think I’m a “fashionista” in anyway, but I’m pretty confident with my taste. When I choose an outfit I keep most of it pretty simple, but then I have something that makes it pop or that makes a statement. For example, I have a hat with a bright turquoise gummy bear logo on it. I also like to have everything fit well. I mix skater with rockstar.

Imagine u a famous model surrounded by a huge crowd!

I would stay calm, and try to rack up some numbers if there’s pretty girls haha

The fashion industry and the show business

I think the fashion industry is based off of impulsiveness. Sometimes I see that as a good thing because it allows me to have a more flexible schedule, but at the same time it makes it harder for me to be reliable when I’m trying to make long term plans .

Dating X Loving

Adventurous, fun

Sports

Competitive, consistent

Atracting someone´s attention

Make them laugh, even sing to them if I have to

Having fun, enjoying ife

My way to have fun is usually going out to different clubs and trying to get everyone around me to have the best time they can, no matter what music is playing. But I’m truly the happiest when I’m on some sort of adventure with my best friends. We still like to explore things like were little kids

Craziest (nastiest?) thing in a summer time season

Jumping off the roof of a house in the Hampton’s. The whole weekend was reckless and impulsive. After the club one night, me and my best friend just hopped in a van full of model girls that we didn’t even know, and we rode off to the Hampton’s at 3 in the morning with no idea of who’s house we were heading to, or what are plans were for the weekend. Someone just told us,” Jet skis and girls”.

Fav body part and why

BOOTY! Its like the icing on the cake for a women’s body. Also, I need something to grip..jk

Fav underwear for daily activities and for those coooool sexy moments:)

Briefs work for any moment haha.

In his Ipod

All that Ive really been listening to lately is A$AP Rocky. My other favorite artist is The Weeknd. Their music can immediately put me into a better mood. Overall, I have big range of music on my ipod. If you put it on shuffle you’ll hear anything from neo-soul to house music. Im very open minded when it comes to music.

Fav food

Burritos and Guacamole. These two foods motivate my life! I also have an obsession for chocolate milk (ovaltine to be specific)

Guilty pleasure

Drawing people’s attention by revving my truck engine haha

If you weren´t a model you´d be…

I would be working on becoming an officer for the Airforce or NAVY, and hoping to eventually fly fighter jets.

An unforgettable moment

I´ll never forget working with Gisele Bundchen. The entire shoot was fun, but very surreal at the same time.

The Projects

I have a pretty cool editorial for GQ British Style. I got to shoot it with Joan Smalls and my boys John Marquez and Dominique Hollington. A LOT of work went into the shoot. They’re were intricate temporary tattoos, gold nails, and impossible poses involved.

Motto

I can do all things through Christ.

And when you´ll come to my world bud?

Hopefully soon! I just linked up with Joy in Rio so the idea seems promising. 

 Full name: Christopher S.P. Moore Age:19

Mother agency: Wilhelmina NY http://www.wilhelmina.com/

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