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Tommaso de Benedictis

Italian American Tommaso de Benedictis was scouted playing football on the streets of East London in the summer of 2013.

In June 2013 he took part in his debut fashion week walking for brands including Burberry Prorsum, Ermenegildo Zegna (opener), Neil Barrett, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Kris Van Assche, Valentino, Kenzo, Dior Homme and MORE!

Editorials for Bon, Wallpaper, L’Officiel Hommes Italia and Details followed along with landing the Gucci campaign for Spring/Summer 2014, a rare sight for such a fresh face! He also bagged the Cerruti 1881 accessories campaign for SS14.

Tommaso racked up even more catwalk shows in January 2014 and is certainly a star in the making!

Age: 27
Birthplace: New York, New York
Ethnic Origin: Italian
Nickname: Tommy, nothing too complicated
How were you scouted: We were playing football on the streets of Bethnal Green, East London, when Eva (director of TIAD) approached me and asked if I had ever modeled before. It was very surprising and out of the blue. I was in the right place and the right time, I guess.
What’s your best feature: Ive been told my most striking features are my cheekbones, though I really think its my personality.
Favourite grooming product: soap
Hobbies: Art, football and music – in that order
Fitness Regime: Beer, pizza and sometimes yoga
Favourite Movie: Saving Private Ryan
What was the last track you listened to on your iPod?: Universe by Aquarius Heaven
Do you have any Guilty Pleasures?: Snacking in between meals
What is your biggest fear?: Snakes on a plane
What is your dream country to visit?: Nepal
If you were not modeling, what would you be doing?: Probably doing an unpaid internship at a gallery in London
If you got to relive one day in your modeling career it would be…: Opening the SS14 Ermenegildo Zegna show in Milan. I had never felt so many emotions at once.
If you could be on the cover of any magazine, it would be: Esquire
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you on a shoot?: Run at the photographer as fast as I could
What’s your favorite fashion city and why?: New York, because its never stops moving
Who are your idols?: Maradona and Mandela
What was the last dream you remember?: Walking around ancient ruins in a tropical jungle. I’m pretty sure I was Indiana Jones.
One word to describe yourself: Easygoing
Instagram handle: tommasodeb
How much money would you need to shave your hair off? A beer and enough money to pay the barber

Height: 6′ | 184cm
Chest: 35″ | 90cm
Waist: 28″ | 70cm
Hips: 35″ | 89cm
Shoes: 9 UK | 44 EU
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown


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