Boys by Girls talk to the lovely Ed Hartley at Supa Models for an exclusive editorial with our photographer Georgie Wileman. This charming, chatty, country boy talks to us about his passion for music, modelling and being a successful part time DJ as well as studying at university.
Ed wishes to have his own record out within the next five years (we wish him the best of luck!) He reveals that he is a bit of a shopoholic - especially when it comes to vinyls for his record collection, and he also shares with us that he would love to travel to Japan in the future to explore the culture, architecture and lifestyles out there.
Ed was complimented for his ‘beautiful British face’ when he was shot by photographer and current Saint Laurent creative director, Hedi Slimane, and we couldn't agree more! He leaves BBG with some very inspirational words of wisdom to our readers - listen up guys, he knows what he's talking about.
Hey Ed, we'd love to learn a bit more about who Ed is.
I’m 21 and I was born in Clerkenwell but moved to Kent when I was quite young, so I grew up mostly in the countryside where my parents still live today. I’m nearing the end of my time at the University of Nottingham and am eager to move on and invest my time and energy in something new. I’m into music in a big way and cohost a radio show that specialises in underground House and Disco music. I used to DJ regularly at spots like Lightbox and the Horse & Groom in Shoreditch, and have supported at big venues like Ministry of Sound and Nottingham’s Stealth. You can currently catch me spinning at a party called Cirque Du Soul - we’ve been touring the main university cities, and have an end of season party coming up in London this August. So if you don’t know, get to know! I’m a bit of a shopaholic I have to confess, I spend most of my money on vinyls.
Where and when were you first scouted?
I first got into modelling with a lot of encouragement from my sister who works in the industry and helped me gain exposure. She then helped organise a meeting with Supa, and I was fortunate enough to be signed by them. It’s been pretty non-stop since, the team there are very good and I'm very happy there. A couple of jobs I had done before were simply from answering open-castings, and it was the good feedback from these that gave me the incentive to give it a shot, so I basically just got into it like that.
What was it like being shot by Hedi Slimane?
I actually wasn’t too clued up on Hedi at the time. I had been told that he was a very respected photographer, but I wasn’t aware that he was such an established and prestigious designer. It was a real honour being shot by him, and I could definitely feel a real presence when I stepped onto his set. Hedi complemented me on having a ‘beautiful British face’, so obviously I left wearing a big smile. That was back in 2011, and I have since learned that, as well as being creative director at Homme Dior, Hedi designed the robot outfits for Daft Punk, as well as countless stage costumes for the likes of David Bowie and the Stones.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
At the moment a lot of of my time is devoted to my university studies in addition to modelling. I'm reading a mixture of Medieval English and Venetian History, and it's pretty heavy going. I find it interesting enough, but I’m no born academic. You wouldn’t think it but I eat like a horse, so cooking is a big part of my life. I’d hate to fall into the student stereotype of eating junk food and living an unproductive lifestyle - so I’m always down to learn new things in the kitchen. Other than that what little free time I have is spent going out, seeing friends and looking after my health and body... Oh and a healthy dose of putting my feet up and chilling out to some premium quality television - I’ve developed a recent addiction to American auction shows on the history channel!
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
Japan is somewhere I’m fascinated with. I’ve studied its history at university and have been wanting to get out there ever since. The architecture, lifestyle and culture looks out of this world - definitely on my to do list. Other than that; I like anywhere that’s vibrant with good people and a lot going on, I’d always rather be somewhere hot!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
That’s a tough question. I don’t like to tempt fate. Obviously I’d like to see where the modelling takes me, but I have other aspirations as well; to have my own record out within the next 5 years would be a dream come true. Ultimately I hope I’m happy, I'm moving in a good direction and still in touch with the people I’m close to. I think that’s all anyone can hope for really.
What is your favourite thing in the world?
Our family’s labrador is very dear to me, but as he’s an animal and not a thing, so I would have to say it’s my record player. It’s a technic 1210 and I brought it off a guy a couple of months ago. It makes music sound so much better.
Any last words for Boys by Girls readers?
Never lose faith in a good outlook on life, and never shy away from opportunities. Live an active lifestyle. Always go out of your way to meet new people and take the time to talk to every person that you meet. You can never predict the story behind the face. Never be afraid to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, because before you know it you’ll end up in the right place at the right time. And keep reading Boys by Girls!
There you go kids, some beautiful wise words from Ed!