Towering at over 6 feet 1 inch tall, Finnlay Davis cuts a striking figure. Scouted not far from his home in Dalston by Elite's Joel Bough, he's gone on to be shot by Steven Meisel for Prada in New York and this season walked for the likes of Paul Smith, Louis Vuitton and Issey Miyake. We met up outside the main show space of London Collection's Men to chat about his experiences as a model and the lesson's he's learned 2 years into the game.
See part two of this interview on at EliteModelLook.com.
Where did you grow up? I was born in Southend-on-Sea. My parents were living with my Nan and Grandad then. I lived in Leicester and Essex throughout my childhood. I moved to Hackney two years ago.
What do you like about London? I would say the vibes that are all around London. The people also. There are very cool people in London. I think that what makes London - the vibes and the food!
Describe yourself in three words. Oh no! I don’t know, I would describe myself as dedicated, humble, if that’s not cheesy, maybe chilled.
What is your calling in life? I skateboard a lot. I am into my fashion, even before I was modelling. I'm also interested in graphic design and design in general. Even though I’m into fashion, at first when I was scouted, I didn’t know, I told them to fuck off to be honest with you. I should have just gone with it but I didn’t think anything of it until the scouting. I was interested in clothing, not so much modelling. But after I realised what I had gotten myself into I was pretty happy.
Where do you see yourself in ten years time? In ten years time, I see myself being 28! Not living at home in Dalston. Probably having a girlfriend. Just taking it easy.
What’s the best experience of modelling so far? My best experience was getting confirmed on a Prada campaign. That was definitely my best experience so far. It was shot in New York. I had to take my parents out there with me. That was just after my first season so it was probably 7 or 8 months into modelling. I did my first shoot in Milan, I did the show and then a couple of months later I went to New York to shoot the campaign. It was my first time shooting with Steven Meisel. It was an experience - more nerve-wracking than anything! I was shooting with Stephen, for one and then the fact that it was a Prada campaign.
Leave us with some words of wisdom. If you have to do something in front of a large group of people, like a speech or something, imagine everyone in the room is naked. That helps a lot!