How Alton Mason Went from ‘Male Model of the Year’ to ‘Elvis’

Name: Alton Mason

Age: 24

Hometown: Phoenix

Now Lives: A resort room on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, though he’s normally touring. “I reside in Terminal 2 in Delta,” he stated, jokingly. “It’s simply me and my suitcase!”

Claim to Fame: Mr. Mason is an actor, filmmaker and mannequin identified for doing again flips and different acrobatic strikes down the runway for Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Versace, Valentino and different main labels. In addition to being named Model of the Year by for 4 years in a row, Mr. Mason was the primary Black male mannequin to stroll in a Chanel present. “Now, I signify so many individuals that will establish with my story, my imaginative and prescient, my tradition and me,” he stated. “It’s a privilege to have the ability to open doorways.”

Big Break: Mr. Mason was finding out performing on the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and interning for the choreographer Laurieann Gibson when he was found by a modeling agent on Instagram in 2015. He went to New York City for the primary time that yr and landed a significant present: Yeezy Season 3, held at Madison Square Garden. “This present felt transcendental,” he stated. “I left that present, bought a greenback slice of pizza, and flew again to L.A. with a clearer imaginative and prescient of ranges I may attain.”

Latest Project: In January, Mr. Mason walked in Virgil Abloh’s final collection for Louis Vuitton in Paris. “Virgil was like a brother to me on this business,” he stated. “He gave a platform for me to shine and believed in me, and being in that tribute actually hit dwelling.” Mr. Mason recalled how Mr. Abloh inspired him to carry out his signature runway transfer at a 2019 present in Paris. “Backstage, after I bought off the runway, he got here as much as me and stated, ‘I need you to go on the market and do one thing,’” Mr. Mason stated. Dressed in a purple silk go well with, he executed a series of again flips. “Virgil walked again in and stated, ‘You killed that!’”

Next Thing: Mr. Mason makes his performing debut within the Baz Luhrmann biopic “Elvis,” through which he performs Little Richard. Mr. Luhrmann met Mr. Mason at a 2019 GQ Australia awards present, the place Mr. Mason gave a speech that impressed the director. They struck up a dialog on the after-party and Mr. Mason was quickly forged within the film. “I’m paying tribute to such a legend, such an icon — somebody that I embody the essence of,” he stated.

Moves Like Michael Jackson: “I grew up with a bunch of Black cousins within the South and we’d at all times be in the lounge dancing and watching Michael Jackson,” he stated. “Quite a lot of the moments you see me transferring on the runway are actually spontaneous; it’s improvised, by no means choreographed. These are simply emotions that come to me and I let all of them free.”



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