UNB Model Profile featuring Justin Leonard
Underwear News Briefs had the privilege to chat with successful model Justin Leonard on his modeling career, what’s in his underwear drawer, and those moments that he remembers most from his best shoots.
UNB Kyle: What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?
Justin: My first modeling job was for Underwear Nation right when I signed with The Matthew Agency. My Agent at the time, Jerad Matthews, who is also the co owner of Underwear Nation asked me to do a shoot for them.
Kyle: What made you want to pursue modeling?
Justin: Honestly it was something I never thought I would be doing. My ex girlfriend did some modeling and I went along with her on some shoots and photographers told me I should get into it. I finally reached a point where enough people told me I should do it so I went for it. One of my friends did a shoot for underwear nation and told me I should do it so i told him I was interested. so he sent in some photos of me to Matthew Agency and long story short I went in for a test shoot and ended up signing with them and I immediately fell in love with it.
Kyle: We would like to thank all of those involved in getting Justin into modeling! Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?
Justin: I would say my break through shoot was when I was asked to be on the cover of DNA magazine. I think they were some of my best photos and got me a lot of attention as well as getting my name out there. The next shoot that I think was crucial in my career was when I worked with Chicago based photographer Joem Bayawa. He contacted me and helped me update my portfolio which got me signed with Ford Modeling agency (Chicago branch). That was recently, so I’m hoping on big things through them.
Kyle: Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?
Justin: I think favorite shoot was with Joem Bayawa in Chicago because it wasn’t just a shoot, he helped me develop my look, as well as well as coach me on expressions, body language etc… but honestly I have fun on all my shoots. I have been lucky enough to work with some awesome photographers and people so far and haven’t really had a bad experience yet. I have met some awesome people which is one of the things I love most about this job.
Kyle: It’s good that you have these takeaways and contacts that can help you go far. Which shoot has been your most challenging? Why?
Justin: I haven’t really had a bad experience with any of my shoots. I guess if there was a shoot that came to mind that was challenging would be a shoot I did For Merrell. We did a shoot for a winter campaign they did. It was the hottest day of the summer and they had us bundled up in winter clothing gathered around a fire lol but honestly, it was still fun and a great experience and we all had a blast doing it.
Justin: I wouldn’t say I was embarrassed but it was a shoot where we imitated a shot Adam Levine did where the girl was covering me with her hands. Haha it was difficult at first to stay focused if you know what I mean.
Kyle: You know I had to put that in here. Clearly an iconic shot and you did a copycat version very well. Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?
Justin: Honestly my dream would be to model for Calvin Klein, Nike, be on the cover of Men’s Health, or GQ. I like to dream big. As far as photographers go, I have had the privilege of working with some amazing photographers and hope to keep doing so.
Kyle: I don’t think those dreams are too big for you to grab. What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?
Justin: hmm… I might do better with some specific questions on this one. Is there any questions people want to know about me? lol I’m bad with this
Kyle: Well a few for the Underwear News Briefs readers, looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.
Justin: My underwear is comprised of briefs and boxer briefs.
Kyle: We need to get you some more variety! So apart from that drawer, what is the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?
Justin: Haha I would say the craziest pair I wore was a Jockstrap for the Akira Fall fashion Show in Chicago.
Kyle: Somebody must have felt a little exposed during that fashion show. As we can see from your portfolio, you wear them well. What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?
Justin: I’m always working out. When I’m getting ready for a shoot, it’s usually a couple weeks and so I start doing two-a-days. These workouts are a mix and variation of my own design that incorporates Crossfit, High Intensity Interval Training, Traditional lifting, and different wrestling workouts from my college wrestling days. For my Diet I eat 4 to 6 smaller meals a day and a day or two before the shoot I cut down on my water intake.
Kyle: And we know you have one, so what is your favorite cheat meal?
Justin: I would say my favorite cheat meal would be Chicago style pizza or a sushi buffet.
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