From his own funeral ("mourners are the ultimate likes") to becoming a #normcore icon, the VFiles casting agent counts down his favourite episodes
As part of our new summer US project States of Independence, we've invited our favourite 30 American curators, magazines, creatives and institutions to take over Dazed for a day. Today, as part of our State of Fashion week, the radical New York-based brand, store and online phenomenon VFiles is curating our content – from the debut of new show Intern Files, where hopefuls battle it out for a coveted position, to their very own dA-Zed.
You know Preston Chaunsumlit as the long-haired VFiles casting agent and star of Model Files, the hyperreal online reality show which gives a satirical insider take on the fashion world. On the show, Preston can be found getting advice from his twelve-year-old life coach (“the fashion industry works like junior high anyway”), casting his own doppelgängers and working on philanthropic efforts, like establishing a model rehab program (“don’t let them take selfies. At the first sign of any pose, give me a call, ok?”). As part of our VFiles takeover day, Preston rounds up his top ten Model Files films.
"It was the kombucha-vodka cocktail talking. Until I get sponsored to go to Coachella, FUCK COACHELLA!"
"Soo Joo Park will forever be my All American blonde. I liked my Asiancy presentation to the Asian Illuminati; let's be honest, someone had to do it."
"It was very important to address some of these issues with my fans and my trolls."
"I gained a sense of a greater responsibility after being named a #normcore icon. It was important to discuss the plight of the male model."
"This is was a bittersweet episode. My life was changing for the better without R.J. Seasons were definitely changing."
"To go from editorial to commercial in under a second is an impressive feat for any model (regardless if she is plus or minus sized)."
"Vfiles' debut episode of Model Files introduced me and the nature of a cult-like brand, such as Hollister. I am very happy Bradley Soileau got the job, but I still think he harbours some resentment towards me."
"I have to say that my mentor, Ben, has always been supportive and encouraging of my career. His tough love really knocked some sense in to me. At that point in my life, I was professionally lost. Thank God for that m'art show."
"I learned my lesson. Just be sure to look both ways before crossing the street when refreshing your Instagram."
"A very painful episode to watch. It was the beginning of a very sad season ahead. In retrospect, I am glad I have since left the darkness and toxic energy surrounding me in this episode."