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John Pearson: Modeling Healthy Masculinity With The First Male Supermodel

By February 27, 2023No Comments
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Episode #739



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.”


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.

The visually inclined can watch our conversation on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

John is one of my absolute favorite people. I’m honored to share his story.


Peace + Plants,

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