Joseph Sayers was born in Jamestown, NY, up in the Great Lakes region, as the youngest son in a four kids family. Within one year since his discovery on Modellaunch.com, Joseph Sayers became one of the hottest male models of the United States. Despite his height of 5'6", Joseph has experienced great success in a business where the average man measures 5'11". Because Joseph is a fighter. Although mostly known for his poses in the Abercrombie and Fitch quarterly catalogs, that included the celebrated Bruce Weber nude centerfold, Joseph has worked with numerous renowned photographers. One of them is New York based artist Joe Oppedisano, for most of you most likely also not an unknown name.
Joseph and Joe met each other for the first time for a shooting for a Loehmann’s catalog in central park, New York. It didn’t stay to that one project, as the photo’s underneath will proof.
Joseph, you must realize you have a huge amount of gay fans. How do you feel about being a gay icon?
Joseph: I do realize that I have a fairly large homosexual following. I really can't say that I feel anything. People will identify with whomever they feel that they can identify with. I would imagine that I feel about the same as a heterosexual icon. In all honesty, though, I don't feel any differently. I guess I just don't notice.
You, being a successful model, must have seen a lot of perfection, and imperfection, in your surroundings. What, according to you, should the ideal male model look like?
Joseph: I can't narrow it down to an exact mold that all male models should fill. I do believe that I'm growing tired of seeing all of these anorexic, skinny guys. I think that a man should have some meat on his bones. Also, fitness is attractive. Fitness is healthy. Fitness is very masculine. I believe that the LEAST a male model can do is put some time in at the gym and earn what they make. I will say that one of the biggest model influences is the Aqua Di Gio campaign featuring Larry Scott.
Can you tell us about the worst and best thing that happened to you in your career?
Joseph: The best would have to be the friends and relationships that have come from working with various people. The worst is being labeled as a "model".
The Beautiful/Joseph Sayers Interview continues coming Friday, April 21.