Scouted: Josh Powers, The Fashionable Farmer In Fall's Best Looks

Scouted: Josh Powers, The Fashionable Farmer In Fall's Best Looks

Get your first glimpse of fall fashion on the most unconventional of models.

Get your first glimpse of fall fashion on the most unconventional of models.

Text: Christina Cacouris

It's no secret the modeling industry has undergone a massive change; the days of Kate Moss being chased in an airport by a modeling agent are long gone, and most who enter the industry have nary an interesting story of their "scouting" to tell, just someone who followed their Instagram before throwing a contract their way. But every once in a while, the old methods make their comeback. Enter Josh Powers, a farm boy from Portland, Maine who was chased down by photographer Boo George while he was working in the fields. George was so transfixed he insisted on shooting Powers, and V has captured the exclusive shoot—plus, an interview with the fledgling model himself, in conversation with Deborah Watson, who styled him. Read on to learn more about Powers and to get your first glimpse at fall's best fashion.

Deborah Watson: I have never done this before so I thought I would just throw out some words and you tell me the first thing that comes to mind—cool?

Josh Powers: Well I’ve never done this before either so… sure!

DW: I’ll start with a couple of easy questions… how old are you?

JP: 18.

DW: Ok, where are you from?

JP: Portland, Maine.

DW: Cool, ok let’s start... "Fashion."

JP: Can I come back to that one?

DW: Ha! Ok, how about Boo? How did you meet?

JP: Wel,l he jumped out of the car and started chasing me down the road—

DW: What?! Where were you?

JP: On a farm where I work.

DW: That’s hilarious—it must have been hard to understand him because his accent is so strong.

JP: Yeah, I kept asking him where he was from, and he kept saying “IRELAND!” over and over but I couldn’t understand him until finally he showed me a map, pointed to Ireland and I said "ohhh—Ireland!"

DW: Ok next one…"plane!" I heard coming to NY was your first time on one. How was that?

JP: Well, first they tried to scan my ticket on my [flip] phone and it didn’t work, then we went through a lightning storm and I asked the guy next to me if he wanted to watch the TV show I was watching on National Geographic about the worst plane crash disasters ever, and he told me to turn it off!

DW: Oh my god, were you freaking out? Because of the storm?

JP: No, I figured either we die or we make it.

DW: Ha! What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

JP: Tied myself to a kite to see if I could fly.

DW: How old where you?

JP: Like... 6.

DW: That’s so sweet. So what happened?

JP: It just kinda dragged me across a field.

DW: Life lessons. Let’s talk about Instagram and Snapchat. I heard when Boo asked you if you were on Instagram you said “What the fuck is Instagram? Isn’t that a place where you put pictures of your dog?” and you're not on Snapchat either—no social media, not even a laptop—this intrigues me. Tell me why.

JP: It’s not for me…I would rather someone just tell me about it, I don’t want to see a picture of a sunset that I’m lookin’ at too, I just wanna enjoy the sunset!  It’s just it’s like… read the book before you go see the movie because that's the original idea.

DW: I totally agree. Anything else you want to say?

JP: Anything you want to know will find you if you really want to know it.

DW: Wow, true. Who said that?

JP: I made it up.

JOSH POWERS PHOTOGRAPHED BY BOO GEORGE STYLED BY DEBORAH WATSON WEARING DRIES TURTLENECK EMPORIO ARMANI COAT CARHART PANTS ALBERTUS SWANEPOEL HAT
Credits: JOSH POWERS PHOTOGRAPHED BY BOO GEORGE STYLING DEBORAH WATSON FASHION ASSISTANT CAROLINE SHIN RETOUCH BOO GEORGE STUDIO

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