Meet The Finalists: Zach

Meet The Finalists: Zach

MANY ENTERED, ONE WILL WIN. INIMITABLE PHOTOGRAPHER STEVEN KLEIN HAS NOW SHOT THE SIX VMAN/FORD MODEL SEARCH FINALISTS.  WHO WILL TAKE THE TOP PRIZE? YOU’LL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE SEPTEMBER 17 RELEASE OF VMAN 34 TO FIND OUT. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, GET TO KNOW THE MEN WHO HOPE TO TAKE THE MODELING WORLD BY STORM 

MANY ENTERED, ONE WILL WIN. INIMITABLE PHOTOGRAPHER STEVEN KLEIN HAS NOW SHOT THE SIX VMAN/FORD MODEL SEARCH FINALISTS.  WHO WILL TAKE THE TOP PRIZE? YOU’LL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE SEPTEMBER 17 RELEASE OF VMAN 34 TO FIND OUT. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, GET TO KNOW THE MEN WHO HOPE TO TAKE THE MODELING WORLD BY STORM 

Text: Katharine K. Zarrella

CONTENDER #3: ZACH

California native Zach spends most of his time hanging out on the beach and playing and coaching lacrosse. But he's willing to abandon his professional sport star dreams for a life in front of the lens. Here, the hopeful talks his love of milk and cookies, making new friends, and the similarities between LAX and modeling.

Why do you want to be a model?

Z That's a good question. I have a buddy at home who's a photographer. He was doing a test shoot out in the desert with a model and he needed a guy, kind of to just be there for the photos. He said, "Hey, Zach, why don't you go? You're tall, you could probably do it." I'm like, 'Ok, yeah sure.' I wasn't doing anything, so I went off with him and I did the shoot. It was really fun, and I wasn't as nervous on-camera as I thought I would be. I got the pictures back, and my buddy was saying, "These are really good, you should try to see if maybe you can get into modeling." So I put the pictures in a portfolio, and fast forward a couple of weeks, and here I am!

What do you do now?

Z I've always been the lacrosse player. I was playing professional lacrosse, and I coach lacrosse, so I'm outside 90% of the day.

Are there any similarities between lacrosse and modeling?

Z If you think about it, they're both kind of about handling yourself under pressure. You know, like, there's the pressure of trying to do what the photographer is trying to tell you to do. Similarly, there's the pressure of trying to deal with the coach of the team or the other players. And they're both kind of like, manipulating your body in different types of ways. And the competitive nature of it! I'm sitting here with, you know, five other really good-looking guys. They're all really, really nice, just like all my lacrosse teammates are, but I guess we're competing against each other in a way, for that final cover spot.

What would be your ideal modeling job?

Z Well, of course the cover of VMAN!

Good answer. What was it like being shot by Steven Klein?

Z He just seems like a really down to earth, good guy. He has his hair and makeup team, everyone's been super nice. And I just look in his eyes and I can see him looking at me, and I can tell that he sees something else. Like, he sees the final product already in his head. I'm interested to see what that looks like. I trust him. He looks like he knows what he's doing.

What would you sacrifice to be a top male model?

Z I'm a big cookies and milk guy, and that's hard for me to give up! I like dessert! But I'm of the body type where I can't eat stuff like that anymore. I'd also give up chasing my professional lacrosse dream. I would be a top male model over being a top lacrosse player. I never thought I would be saying that, but here I am saying it.

What's the biggest draw of the modeling life?

Z Travel is a big draw. I mean, I'm in New York and meeting all these cool people. So far on set, I think I've made friends. I don't know if they're just being nice to me because they have to, but everyone seems to be pushing towards the same thing: making a cool product.

ZACH WEARING GIVENCHY PHOTOGRAPHY VMAN

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