Feature Photo: Yama Terrell
My Twitter is: @maksanty
Grinders, let me introduce you to the amazing landscape of Male Models; Mr. Thomas “Tommy” Maksanty. He was nominated as one of RepYoGrind Awards 2016 Male Models of the Year…his features are an artistry that I find AWESOME!!! lol. Let’s take a trip into this Modeled Man of fashion.
RYG: Who is Thomas Maksanty outside of the Runway and cameras?
THOMAS: I have been a landscaper for the last decade and started modeling three years ago. I am driven, independent, and laid back; all at the same time. I live in Woodbridge, VA and am very close to my family.
RYG: How did your career in fashion begin?
THOMAS: Three years ago I met a model at a party and she recommended I start doing photo shoots. From there I started runway modeling in DC before heading to New York the last two years for NYFW.
RYG: What are some misconceptions of the fashion industry in a male’s Perspective?
THOMAS: Misconceptions, are that modeling is always glamorous, sexy and that I make a lot of money but this isn’t always the case. Often, I don’t have time to eat running from event to event, there is a lot of standing around and waiting, and clothes don’t always fit, as I am 6’ 8”.
RYG: Give us one of your most honorable moments. Upcoming events?
THOMAS: Mr. NYFW2016. It’s given me amazing opportunities and exposure. My next show is saturday January 7, 2017. WWW.modeloftheyearcompetition.
RYG: What would you tell future Male Models about sustaining in the fashion Industry?
THOMAS : Network your butt off! It’s important to get exposure in the beginning, paid or not. But, don’t quit your day job.(smiles)
Word of Inspiration: Follow your dreams and don’t get discouraged.
*All photos submitted by Tommy Maksanty