Model David Gandy reveals he ‘wasn’t far off minging’ as a teen

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 31: David Gandy attends the photocall for
David Gandy says he used to be really really not good-looking. (Getty Images For Montblanc)

He's Britain's highest-paid male model and his chiselled, muscular frame has made him world famous, but David Gandy has admitted he wasn't always the best-looking man in the room.

The model reckoned he'd been through awkward teenage years just like everyone else and wasn't exactly fighting off offers of dates in his earlier years.

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Speaking to comedian Alan Carr for his Life's A Beach podcast, Gandy, 42, corrected Carr's assumption that he was popular with the girls as a teen.

He said: "They were not my good years. I think you have a different impression, I grew out and then up so I wasn’t in my best fighting fit form."

Model David Gandy walks the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana show during Milan Menswear Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010 on June 20, 2009 in Milan, Italy.
David Gandy became famous for wearing a tiny pair of Dolce & Gabbana pants. (Getty)

Carr couldn't believe it as he asked: "You were minging?"

Gandy replied: "Not far off!"

In the Noughties, Gandy became famous for a Dolce & Gabbana campaign for the fragrance Light Blue, which saw him lounging in a boat wearing just a tiny pair of white pants.

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The advert even graced a 50-foot billboard in New York's Times Square, but Gandy said: "I never saw the bloody thing...everyone was taking pictures of it but I never got to see it."

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: David Gandy attends PAUL & JOE at The Charter House during London Fashion Week February 2022 on February 21, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)
The model claims he didn't always look this way. (Getty Images)

He became dubbed "The World's First Male Supermodel" and has had a hugely successful career, but recently told the Daily Mail that he didn't feel he was looking so good these days.

Gandy said: "I’m not particularly happy with the way I’m looking at the moment. I’m not at my fighting weight, as I call it…

"The two things that scare me is that apparently your ears and nose carry on growing."

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  David Gandy (L) and Stephanie Mendoros attend a private dinner hosted by Cartier to celebrate the opening of the British Polo Season at Casa Cruz on May 24, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
David Gandy with partner Stephanie Mendoros. (Getty Images)

The model from Billericay in Essex has two children with barrister partner Stephanie Mendoros - three-year-old Matilda and Tabitha, four months.

Gandy and Mendoros have been together for five years and he has previously dated Saturdays singer Mollie King.

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