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.
"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."