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British model Ben Waters was scouted two years ago while shopping at Dover Street Market. It seems an appropriate place for his career to begin, as only a year later he was walking in the Comme des Garçons Homme Plus show in Paris. “It’s always exciting to be part of Rei’s vision,” he tells us. Since then, he has opened for Raf Simons and walked for both Yohji Yamamoto and Alexander McQueen, but his humble beginnings have not been forgotten. “There was a certain cushiness to 90s youth,” he says. “Cartoons and the Spice Girls simplified everything. If anything, I’m now working against that feeling and looking for something more challenging.” There’s one piece of advice that he sometimes struggles with, acknowledging it’s both the best and worst there is: "YOLO!”
1993 POP QUIZ
Patricia Arquette or Demi Moore?
Patricia Arquette, because True Love is brilliant but I had to Google her.
Nirvana or Smashing Pumpkins?
Wu Tang or A Tribe Called Quest?
I never listened to that kind of music growing up.
Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton?
Edward Furlong or Christian Slater?
Poetic Justice or Menace II Society?
I've never heard of any of these.
Jurassic Park or Groundhog Day?
Trainspotting or The Virgin Suicides?
Beavis or Butthead?
Never seen it.
Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell?
Mortal Kombat or Super Mario Bros?
Young and beautiful or old and wise?
Young and beautiful.
Dalston or Peckham?
I would never go to Dalston or Peckham if I didn't have to.
Lollapalooza or LOLZ?
RuPaul or Ron Jeremy?
Retro or future?
A retro-flavored future.
Drunk or sober?
I'm drunk right now.
War or peace?
Night or day?
Party or bullshit?
Ben wears knit top by Wooyungmi; plaid pyjama set by Barcuta