What does it mean to be a good man?
Furthermore, how do we combat toxic masculinity? Teach young men that emotion is not emasculating? And how do we find purpose in aging?
Today we explore these topics and more with the world’s first male supermodel, John Pearson.
The only man to consistently appear in GQ Magazine for three decades, John pioneered the male modeling profession. He was the most sought-after male model through the 1990s, the face for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Valentino, Burberry, Levi’s, and Gap.
Not to mention, he starred in George Michael’s iconic Freedom music video directed by a young David Fincher.
“The closer you are to being genuinely true to yourself, the better your experience of life and the better value you are to those you love.”
– JOHN PEARSON
But John is here today not so much because of his past—although it’s incredibly fascinating—but because of the very unique life he lives today.
We discuss his wild career and the ways it has impacted his perspective on art, culture, the power of an image, and the modern world of influence. We also dive into his philosophy on parenting, mental health, and modeling healthy masculinity—themes that underscore his very cool lifestyle and self-improvement digital magazine, Mr. Feel Good.
John is one of my absolute favorite people. I’m honored to share his story.
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect with John: Website | Instagram
- Vogue: The First Male Supermodel Interviews His Fellow ’90s Stars for the Launch of His Lifestyle Site
- Vogue: The Original Male Supermodel Has a Few Words of Advice for the New Generation
- Fashion Week Daily: John Pearson, The Og Male Model, Launches Men’s Lifestyle Website
- New York Post: Meet the world’s first male supermodel
- People: First Male Supermodel John Pearson Launches Digital Magazine with Help from Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford
- Mr. Feelgood: Who the F*** Is John Pearson?
- Mr. Feelgood: Freedom! 2020
- Premier Model Management: Vogue 40 Years Of Male Models: John Pearson
- YouTube: George Michael – Freedom! ’90 (Official Video)
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