Happy Male Model Monday SOCIALITE LIFE readers!
This week we got the chance to talk to the one, the only, Sterling Folkestad. Sterling has been modeling for a while now, but he recently got his big break modeling for the “Mad Men” Collection for Banana Republic where he stared in the world’s first in-flight fashion show.
Talking with Sterling made me realize how multi-talented he is. He somehow finds the time to model, travel all over the world, make time for his friends and family and all while having fun. Sterling is not only extremely good looking (if you don’t believe me, please spend a while drooling over all the photos of him on Tumblr) but his passion for modeling just shines through.
With all of Sterling’s success, we are confident that the young and charming, up-and-coming model will have a bright future in everything that he takes on.
How were you discovered?
I would have to say my mom really influenced me and she suggested that I meet with agents and she was really supportive. So I would have to say my mom influenced me. I also met with a local agency because I was living in Denver at the time and got signed and thats how everything kind of got started.
Was modeling something you always wanted to do, or did it just kinda happen?
You know it was never really anything I had planned on doing it was something that kind of just happened.
What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t modeling?
Thats a good question. I was working in framing construction and architecture before I did modeling so I might still be doing that but I really don’t know.
What would you consider you’re biggest break so far in your modeling career?
I would have to say my biggest break was making the move from New York to Los Angeles. I had new agencies on the west cost and I felt like I was mentally and physically ready so I went out there. Also, its definitely a different market on the west coast and I think thats when things started taking off.
What was your first reaction when you found out you landed the Banana Republic “Mad Men” Collection campaign?
Well in the beginning I was booked on a showroom job. Basically it was a presentation with other models so we didn’t really know exactly what the job entailed and as I found out that I booked something further with Banana Republic and I ended up finding out that it was the first in-flight fashion show to be done. So I was pretty honored to be apart of that but it wasn’t something that I found out right off the bat. Once I found out all of the details I definitely got really excited to be apart of it.
I actually just watched that! Was it really on an actual plane and everything?
Yeah! It was actually on a flight. It was really cool. It was really the first one to ever been done and it was so professional. Yeah, it was just a regular flight!
So Socialite viewers are interested in knowing…who is your celebrity crush?
Well I don’t know if you would consider her a celebrity yet, but I kind of have a crush on Emily Ratajwoski in the new Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines” music video. She’s stunning!
You’re obviously in very good shape. What is your typical workout/health routine?
I tend to try to eat healthy for the most part, but I like food so much so I’m not on that strict of a diet. I just try to stay active. I go to the gym but I prefer being with friends and going outside and hiking and snowboarding. The gym is great but sometimes it just gets boring after a while so its good to switch it up.
What is your favorite indulgence?
Oh its 100% candy! Anything from Sour Patch Kids to peach rings. That is definitely hits my sweet spot.
How do you have time for a personal life with all of the traveling that you do?
Its really hard to find time for a personal life but its really all about balance. I just try to make time. It is hard because I’m always all over the place but I have really supportive friends and family. Its just all about balance.
What is the biggest misconception about male models?
Well of course male models don’t always get the best rep and don’t get me wrong, I have definitely met my fair share of simple male models but on the other hand I have definitely met very intelligent male models who have traveled the world and they use modeling as a platform and they end up branching off to doing things that they are interested in. Those are the people I look up to and inspire me.
How would you describe your personal style? Who is your fashion hero?
Well I would say that my style is pretty simple but at the same time, when I travel I try to wear clothing from all over. Like whether its bracelets from Mexico or a shirt from Thailand. So I like to keep my style simple but unique at the same time. One designer that I do like is John Varrvatos because his clothing is just really timeless and I really like his jackets. Whenever I go in there, I always tend to see something that I like.
What has been your favorite shoot / campaign / work to date?
I have worked with the PVH company for Izod a couple times and we did a photo shoot for this campaign I think in 2011 and we had a job where we went to Pismo Beach in Northern California and we got picked up in really old school Hummer’s in this beautiful beach town and when we got there, there was everything from four-wheelers to dirt bikes to sailboats. They just had everything. It was kind of like an adult playground. The crew was also so nice and supportive and it was just a pleasure to work with them. It is just a dream come true to be able to work with them so I definitely have to say Izod.
Do you think male models should get paid equally to the female models?
Yes, wages should definitely be equal depending on the job.
What do we have to look forward to in the career of Sterling Folkestad?
Well, I am very grateful and very honored that my career has been going so well and its just been getting better and better but I did move out to LA and I am trying to pursue acting so hopefully one day you can see me in films or TV. Thats the goal.