Max The Chicken Wing King

2 September 2014

Recently we had the upmost pleasure of meeting the wonderful Max Streetley at D1 Models. Having just finished school and despite today being the ever nerve-wracking A-Level results day, he was as charming as ever. We spoke about everything from his passions, to festivals, his childhood, and life lessons. A chat we thoroughly enjoyed.

With his first job in his newfound profession being booked by Louis Vuitton for Paris Fashion Week (and being invited back for a second season) it was obvious form the beginning that there is something special about this boy.

As well as being an amazing model the below interview will reveal that Max is a lot more than just a pretty face. With talents spreading across a huge range of fields, from BMX biking, to DJ'ing, modelling, chicken wing eating and more, his days never gets boring.

Hey Max, introduce yourself!
Hi, I’m Max Streetley and I’m with D1 Models.

How did you get into modeling?
I went to Reading Festival last year and I got scouted there. I didn’t really think much of it, but later I followed it up and that was it really! I had never really thought about it before then.

Instant Analogue by Cecilie Harris. Special thanks to Impossible.

So modelling was never something that crossed your mind before?
No never, but it all just went from there.

What have been your highlights so far?
My highlights have probably been doing Louis Vuitton twice, two seasons in a row. I went to Paris with them and worked with them for two weeks.It was a pretty good experience, especially as it was the first thing I did.

Wow, that is not bad! And what has been the most challenging thing about modelling?
The most challenging thing up until now has been probably trying to mix 6th form and modelling.

Have you just finished school?
Yeah, I finished school 2 months ago.

Isn’t it results day today!?
Haha yes, but I haven’t looked yet, thought I would give it another day or two!

What are you thinking of doing after?
Hopefully I am taking a gap year, as well as going travelling and pursuing modelling full time. I’m possibly thinking about going to Canada, as I do BMX racing.

Is that a big thing in Canada?
Yeah, BMX biking, mountain biking and hockey are definitely their sports. I have never really been into football, these are much more my thing.

I overheard that you are into your music as well, who are your favourite artists and genres?
My favourite genres are probably electronic music, as well as drum and bass. I'm a bit of a festival goer as well. This year I went to Nas in Somerset, Boomtown in Winchester and High definition.

With your music, are you looking at making music as well as DJ'ing?
Yeah I do want to try and start doing that, I have been thinking about it for a while. In a month or two I’m going to buy some equipment to mix it. And my friends’ sisters’ boyfriend... wait have you heard of Jacob Plant? He’s like up and coming, and now he has become really famous, and he makes electronic music as well. So he is someone I look up to at the moment.

Did you always want to be in music when you were younger?
When I was younger I wanted to go into BMX racing and mountain biking, but music has become more of a big thing to me as I have become older, and now most of my life revolves around finding and listening to new music.

Can you describe yourself in three words?
Outgoing, energetic and I don’t really hold back with anything.

What is the best piece of advice that you have been given?
Just do what you want to do, don’t hold back. Just do it or you will regret it if you don’t do it now.

In addition to modelling what else are you looking to do in the future?
In addition to modelling I would also love to become a graphic designer. One of my uncles is a graphic designer and the other one is an architect, so in the summer I normally do quite a lot of work experience with them.

What kind of graphic design?
My uncle does all the graphic design for Glen Grant Whisky, so I worked with him for about 3 or 4 weeks last time. I learnt all about the softwear and stuff, and so he’s been quite a big inspiration in what I want to do. I have always done art since I was quite young.

So you're quite a creative person with music and art and everything.
Yeah and I did graphic design for A-Level and film production as well, so it all ties together really.

Do you have any random facts about yourself?
Yes, actually I have the record for the most chicken hot wings eaten in an hour at KFC.

Hahahah, when was this?
Like 2 years ago, I ate about like 37 wings in an hour.

Were they really spicy?
Yeah their spicy hot chicken legs.

That’s quiet impressive!
And what else, last year I was the first person to crowd surf at Reading for the whole weekend.

How did you get on stage?
It was the first act of the whole weekend and me and my friends had planned it, so I got the first crowd surf within 10 minutes of the whole thing and I was on TV.

Oh cool! What were you like as a 5 year old?
I think my parents used to say I was a little bit of a devil child, out of control and just wanted to do everything.

Where you mischievous?
Yeah. I always just wanted to do everything and got myself into trouble.

As a creative person what did you use to do as a child?
Because I have done BMX biking since I was about 6, we had this woodland at my house, and I would spend like every day down there. I would take a shovel with me and go down with my next door neighbour and we would build jumps. I like being outdoors and crashing around and getting muddy basically. I quite like just spending a whole day with someone doing something like that. That’s always what I have been into.

So you love spending your time outside?
Yeah I hate being inside, sitting around doing nothing. It makes me go a bit weird. If I’m not doing anything, I hate it. I have to be running around like a maniac.

What is the biggest lesson you have ever learnt?
I don’t really show affection to people, but I have had a few things in my life, which have made me think that maybe I should. Like big things that have happened, where I have thought maybe I should be a bit nicer, and show someone that I am bothered, and that I actually have feelings. Normally I’m quite busy with stuff and I don’t spend that much time with my family, but there has been a few things that have happened that have made me think about it, and made me slow down and remember not to forget every one.

That’s a good lesson, and I think that’s a nice way to end the interview. Thank you so much, it was great talking to you.

Interview and words by Clio Cooper.

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