FOUR years ago I met Sarah Doukas, the owner of Storm model agency, in a record shop in Brighton, and she asked me if I wanted to be a model. I never thought much about my looks. I suppose I had more girlfriends than my friends, but it came as a shock to me. At first I wasn't really too sure about it, but you get more confident the longer you're in the business.
I've never had a picture taken of me in a compromising position. If I were the Prince of Wales I think I would be pretty pissed off. But his whole function is fame and media, so I think he's got less right than a normal, private citizen to be angry.
Before I started modelling, I didn't go to the gym. Now I go once or twice a week and lift a lot of light weights. I also play football three times a week. I have a sauna quite often, particularly if I've been drinking, because you sweat everything out. I don't have manicures or massages and I don't watch my diet at all. I'm the complete opposite to the Prince, I eat absolutely anything at any time. I eat a lot of curries and McDonald's, I'm ashamed to say, but I exercise a lot. I assume the Prince exercises, but if you think about it he must have a pretty rigorous lifestyle anyway - a lot of travelling. I go to Brixton Recreation Centre, but I've never seen him down there.
The best thing about the way I look is being able to make my living out of it - between pounds 50,000 and pounds 70,000 a year, which is a lot considering you don't need any qualifications to do the job and I'm only 26. Modelling is even more lucrative for girls - there are some making literally hundreds of thousands of pounds at 18 or 19. A big bonus is the phenomenal amount of travel. Before I started modelling I'd never been abroad, and within the first two months I'd been to Paris, Sri Lanka and Mexico.
Women appreciate a nice body. I hope I don't sound too big-headed, but I do get quite a lot of interest from women, more than other men I'd say. There have been numerous occasions when women have been very forward. Also, a couple of clients have asked me out after jobs. People find it strange when women do that, but I don't mind at all. I think women should know what …