The former One Direction star—now with a No. 1 album—has signed with Wilhelmina Models.
Niall Horan—formerly known as “The Blonde One,” or perhaps “The Irish One,” in extremely popular boy-band One Direction—is now a genuine star in his own right. Even as several of his previous bandmates have pursued a more traditionally “pop” sound with their solo endeavors following the group’s breakup, Horan, 24, has traveled in a more folksy direction, his songs more Mumford & Sons or John Mayer in vibe than might have been expected.
And audiences seem to be liking what they are hearing from Horan. Two singles from his first album—“Slow Hands” and “This Town”—hit the top 20 on the U.S. charts, and his album, Flicker, debuted at No. 1 after its release on October 20. Horan—who will soon tour the record—is also enjoying other benefits of solo pop stardom: Wilhelmina Models has signed Horan as a client, adding the singer to their list of other artists who now double as models (including Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris, and more).
Vanity Fair spoke to Horan about the new demographic of his fan base, which celebrities he sees as his personal style icons, and how he handles the incessant gossip items written about him.
neil josten is a homeless teen who is pursuing a career in modeling
he gets signed with palmetto inc. because of his background. (palmetto is known for recruiting troubled models and are in need of getting their life back on track, and furthering their modeling careers. they’re seen as a disgrace to the modeling world, and thus are shunned.) he is a NaTuRaL and absolutely KILLS the modeling game by normalizing modeling with scars
their arch-rival modeling agency is the edgar allen elite, and riko moriyama is the extremely bitchy, yet extremely talented model that gets alllllll the attention and praise of fashion designers, even though his off-camera personality is as tolerable as olive garden attempting to pass off their cuisine as palatable and italian
andrew minyard is a model that PI signed when they saw him off the street (holy shit this kid is gorgeous), and he was like “sure, fuck it. it pays more than my current job”, and even though he has drug problems their manager david wymack gets him help so he can be weaned off of them
he also signs on andrew’s twin brother aaron and the twins have a blast messing with wymack by confusing him in a fred-and-george-esque way (“aaron! move your damn head, you look like an owl with a broken neck.” “this is andrew.” “wait wh— YOU MEAN WE’VE BEEN SHOOTING WITH THE WRONG TWIN. DAMMIT—” “chill, wymack, i’m just fucking with you. it’s aaron.” “—i’m gonna fucking murder you after this shoot is over.”)
palmetto managed to nab kevin day, former edgar allan model, but he had to quit after an accident that left him scarred (a nono on the EA contract, so he’s let go), and wymack brings him in, but kevin is too unfamiliar with modeling alone, since he had a joint contract with riko, whom he did all his shoots with, but until neil shows up, his photoshoots with anyone else in palmetto is sadly stilted and lacks any chemistry
and then neil comes along and manages to piss kevin off somehow, so their first shoot together included muttered threats through clenched teeth and glaring at each other, but that somehow translates to an extremely intriguing photoshoot that had photographers around the globe admiring their supposed chemistry and energy
the modeling team has veteran danielle wilds as their mentor and fellow model, who is romantically involved with the photographer, matt boyd, of the agency
nicky hemmick, one of the older models, loves to flirt with matt while he shoots, much to dan’s amusement and matt’s chagrin (“nicky, i need you to stop looking like you’re eyefucking the camera” “it’s not the camera that eye want to f—” “OH FOR GOD’S SAKE”)
renee walker and allison reynolds are a two-for-one deal, and they are glued to the hip, so wymack had to sign both of them. they’re formidable models, and their different personalities surprisingly complement each other, on- and off-camera.
all the modeling agencies meet once a year at model expo, where they model for up-and-coming designers at the catwalk on every night of the expo, attend workshops, and scope out the competition,
and of course they run into the edgar allan elite, who always walk in v-formation (seriously, what the fuck is up with that) and pose once they stop walking like a bunch of c-list hollywood tweens; the last part nicky purposely inadvertently said out loud
andrew would be the KING of snarky, totally cheesy, off the chain quips in answer to riko’s shitty remarks
“oh look, it’s the palghetto mannequins.”
“hey riko! y’all, it’s edgar allan poe with his edgar allan hoes.”
every year 20 agencies are chosen to participate in ENTM, which is a modeling competition sponsored by EXY, Extraordinary Youth, an organization looking for top models to recruit for top-end designers
the models are sponsored by designers: edgar allan would get the best sponsors, since they’ve won the past 12 cycles and designers are always thirsty for their work to be worn by the EA to get recognition, while palmetto had to barely scrape by with clothes they salvage from donations, and the clothes they make with the team’s tailor, abby
it’s the 20th cycle, and the 20th anniversary, of ENTM; in honor of the anniversary, the grand prize is $200,000 instead of the normal $100,000, so it’s a pretty big fucking deal
with neil filling in the spot in the required 10-man team, they can audition for ENTM and come back for the 20th cycle
so with neil as a rookie model, palmetto has a bit of a disadvantage which is made up for with his natural talent, and the media goes crazy in covering the continuing rivalry between palmetto and edgar allan during the whole 20th season of ENTM