We got a chance to interview one of my favorite models DW Chase. We hope you enjoy it as well
Why did you want to get into modeling?
Assuming that means “why” did I get into modeling? Out of boredom honestly. I was a country boy from the backwoods of NC and started posting on Myspace before I started getting serious and getting legitimate offers to do professional photoshoots.
Why underwear/swimwear underwear/swimwear?
Being short, not particularly having a great face, I decided to focus more on my body and then my body hair, which lent itself to less clothing. I became very interested in wearing and promoting swimwear since I moved to an island after college. American’s seem to terrified of men wearing “speedos” or smaller, more comfortable swimwear, so I wanted to be apart of helping educate and making that more of a normal concept.
What do you think sets you apart from other models in the industry?
That I have never been with an agency. My degree is in mass communication and I’ve never understood why most models, or these Instagram stars, sign with agencies when they could book their own shoots and get their own stuff published online. It just takes the incentive to do so. I try to keep my work very updated, and always strive to push forward where a lot of these models you will see them get popular for a small period of time and then disappear.
What shoots have you done so far?(Which brands/photogs have you worked with?
At the moment of this interview, I have completed 112 shoots. I have been lucky and blessed enough to work with talented photographers from all over the globe. Ev Dylan, Calvin Brockington, David Wagner, those photographers really helped shape my image and modeling work early on. Recent photographers like Tyson Vick, Carlos Trey Salazar and Jeffery Beasley have helped push me into new territories of male modeling. I have worked with so many great brands like CA-RIO-CA, Manus, LASC, Mertailor, Marcuse, CharliebyMZ, Salem Alba, Mahjii, the list of swimwear goes on and on.
Underwear has many styles from boxer briefs to thongs. Do you have any pairs you don’t want to wear on a shoot?
I have worn some pretty outrageous stuff over the years, so no, I’ll model anything if the concept, vision, and circumstance is good.
We have seen you in a lot of swimwear shoots, why do you tend to do more swim shoots?
Because I live on an island, I am always in the sun, at the beach. My interest in travel is always somewhere with an ocean or body of water, so I always try to schedule or set up a photoshoot when I travel. Brands are always sending me items to include on photoshoots. It’s just where my interest is.
Are there any underwear/swimwear brands you’d love to work with? Why?
So many great ones I haven’t worn or modeled for yet. Aronik interests me, Ildes have great designs, but honestly, I love discovering new brands that maybe have not hit the mainstream yet. I am always looking to turn someone on to a new brand.
Which photographers would you love to work with on a project?
I want to work with Jorge Rivas again, I have reached out to photographer Menelik Puryear (HardCiderNY) numerous times, he is one of my favorite artists. I would also love the change to work with Paul Freeman and Hayden Su before I call it quits.
You are always posting pics of you in swim briefs on the beach. Have you ever been the only guy in them on the beach when everyone else was in shorts? If so how did you feel?
I find myself the ONLY guy on the beach many times, ha ha. I typically seek out secluded beaches where other people don’t frequent. I am not one for crowds. However, yes, many times, I am the only one in briefs. I wear them because they look better, fit better, are more comfortable, dry quicker and create a much better tan line.
Outside of modeling and working out what do you do in your down time? What are your hobbies and interests?
I have 5 jobs, I rarely have down town outside of work, modeling and fitness training. Whenever I do have free time I like to travel, skateboard, bike and just chill on the beach. I cook a lot too, prepare most of my meals.
What type of fitness regime do you do to keep in shape, and does it change when you do a shoot?
I maintain the same regime all year long, including diet. You won’t ever hear me saying “getting my body back”. I believe in consistency, I’m always ready for a shoot. I don’t take a break from healthy eating or regular workouts.
Models can’t always eat great what is your favorite guilty pleasure in food?
Sure they can, most just choose not to. The only pleasure food I allow myself is sweet tea. I forbid all other bad things from my diet and have for years. I prefer abs over food.
We are an underwear blog so what makes up your underwear drawer? (what percentage of briefs, boxer briefs, jocks, thongs do you have?)
My closet is all briefs. One of my favorite underwear brands right now is Skull & Bones, I did a shoot for them last year, and they are super comfortable.
What is one word that describes you?
If you were stranded on a deserted island what is one thing you must have with you?
Logically a knife
What is your favorite color
What is a fact about you that would surprise our readers? (are you shy? Love disco? Know all the words to Star Wars?)
That my “DW Chase” persona is nothing like me. I don’t party, I don’t go out, I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t curse, and I am not sexually active.
Quick Fire Questions: Answer with one or two words
- Thong or jock? Jock
- What was the last movie you saw? 13 Hours (German film about man who almost assassinated Hitler)
- Swim Brief or Trunk for the beach? Brief
- What is your favorite movie? The Lord of the Rings trilogy
- Do you work out in the morning, afternoon or night? Whenever I have a chance
- Would you ever wear a swim thong? Sure!
- What color swim do you look best in? Purple
- Favorite beach in the world? Waipio Valley Black Sand Beach – Big Island Hawaii
- Dream trip you’ve always wanted to take? New Zealand
- Fav style of underwear? (Brief, bikini, thong, jock, etc) Brief
- Cats or dogs? Cats
Where can our readers find you on the net and social media?