Batman Ben In NYC

7 May 2013

Boys by Girls has a little treat for our readers! It's the one and only Ben Lark at DNA Models from all the way in New York City. Photographer Rebecca Naen captured the dashing young man in the Big Apple exclusively for a Boys by Girls portrait series and you lucky readers can view this right here!

Ben, with his relaxed and funny attitude, was such a pleasure to interview. Moving from a small town to the big city, he talks to us about the changes his life has faced since moving away from home, and how many doors have opened since. Thanks to Ben's dad for submitting his photos to agencies, he is now signed with DNA and living the model life. From stories of having to jump off a roof for a shoot, and other Ben Lark antics, this interview reveals quite a bit, so make sure to check it out.

We also can't wait for him to take us out for awesome food when we next go to New York. You promised Ben!

First of all, where did you get your batman underwear from?
Well last year for Christmas, I jokingly told my mom I wanted Batman underwear, and being the jokester that she is she actually went and bought me a pair! You could say that they are now my lucky underwear.
Now serious, how are you enjoying modelling so far?
Modeling is a lot of fun! I love getting to meet all of the crazy, creative minds in the business.

Image by the lovely Rebecca Naen.

Tell us a bit about how you went from playing Soccer to modelling?
In my senior year of high school I had an amazing season and was lucky enough to be offered some soccer scholarships. I signed to play soccer for a university and little did I know, my dad had some wild modelling plans in store for me instead. A couple of weeks before I graduated, my dad told me that he had submitted some pictures to modeling agencies and before I knew it, I was in NY and signed with DNA models.
You're from a small town, how are you finding New York compared to where you grew up?
The biggest difference is the amount of opportunities that are in NYC. You can move here and leave everything behind you, start a new life, and be whatever you desire to be.
What has the highlight of your modelling journey been so far?
The highlight of my modeling journey has to be the SS 13 Uniqlo campaign.
What's the craziest shoot you've done so far?
I did a shoot recently where it was supposed to look like i was jumping off of a roof. The photographer was below me and I had to jump from this really high platform and land on this non forgiving towel. I felt like a redneck Tom Cruise.
If you could shoot anywhere in the world, where would you be jetted off to?
Probably Antarctica, where I'm riding a polar bear in like an all white fur outfit. Oh, and it would be for Coca-cola.
What's your favourite thing to do in New York?
My favorite thing to do in the city has to be hanging out with cute girls.
If Boys by Girls came back to New York, where would you take us to eat awesome food?
For the beautiful women of Boys by Girls...I really dont know. This is a lot of pressure all at once. Let me know when you're coming and we can arrange something.
What's on the to do list for 2013?
Make lots of dollar bills, go to Europe, and grow closer to God.
Where do you want to be in 5 years time?
In 5 years time, I want to be living comfortably and feeling content on the path that I am making my way through.
If you could work with anyone who would it be?
Steven Meisel would be great to shoot with, and I would really like to do something for Burberry.

Any words of wisdom for your fans across the pond?
"From small acorns grow large oak trees". My mom told me that before I left the house and also gave me a tiny silver acorn to keep in my pocket. Every time I see it, it reminds me that even though I am a young, small town boy, I can still do great things and also have a big effect on the world around me.

Thanks for the interview Ben!

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