VH1/Vogue-Fashion Awards - Male models of the year

Does anyone remember the VH1/Vogue-Fashion Awards (1995-2002)? at the end it turned out into a celebrity fest but the first four years it was mainly about fashion with great categories like "the best ad campaign", "the best fashion photographer" and of course "the male model of the year"

here what I remember and have collected from other websites, feel free to help with what you know.

1995 VH1/Vogue-Fashion Awards

Male Model of the year:

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1 - Tyson Beckford <- The Winner
- Mark Vanderloo - nominated
3 - Joel West - nominated
4 - Mike Campbell - nominated
5 - Marcus Schenkenberg - nominated

other awards:
Female model of the year: Shalom Harlow
Personality of the Year : Kate Moss
Fashion's Future (Best New Designer): Tom Ford for Gucci
Catwalk to Sidewalk (Most Street-Savvy Designer): Tommy Hilfiger
Female Model of the Year: Shalom Harlow
Best Ad Campaign: CK One: Designer Calvin Klein
Designer of the Year: Miuccia Prada
Best Stylist for a Music Video: Lori Goldstein for Madonna's "Take A Bow"
Most Fashionable Artist: Madonna
The Renaissance Award: Karl Lagerfeld
Frock 'N' Rock Award (Most Music-Savvy Designer): Gianni Versace


1996 VH1/Vogue-Fashion Awards

1 - Mark Vanderloo <- The Winner
- Jason Lewis - nominated
3 - ?
4 - ?
5 - ?

Female Model of the Year: Kate Moss
Photographer of the Year: David LaChapelle
Lifetime Achievement Award: Linda Evangelista
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Tom Ford for Gucci
Menswear Designer of the Year: Tom Ford for Gucci
Best Second Collection: Miu Miu by Miuccia Prada
Most Stylish Music Video: Toni Braxton, "You're Makin' Me High"
Most Fashionable Artist: Elton John
Best Personal Style - Female: Gwyneth Paltrow
Best Personal Style - Male: Dennis Rodman


1997 VH1/Vogue-Fashion Awards


nominees :

Tyson Beckford

Tyson Beckford, VH1's Male Model of the Year in 1995, has inspired over ten web sites strictly praising him on his looks. Mr. Beckford's star quality has landed him Ralph Lauren campaigns and the sighs and ah!s of Toni Braxton. (Beckford appeared in Braxton's "Un-break My Heart" video.) Beckford, who is represented independently by Bethann Management, is now shying away from the press and has been quoted as saying that he dislikes the paparazzi.

Jason Fedele

Leaving his guitar behind to pursue modeling was not an easy thing for Fedele. A trained musician, he was playing gigs at CBGB's in New York with his band, Shockpus, before he was spotted on the street. At 26, Fedele seems a little more focused about his ambitions. Modeling is a here and now thing while music is the real passion. Luckily for him, his second career has provided much exposure after only a year or so of work. He has shot a CK campaign with David Sims, a Gucci campaign and a Joop fragrance campaign.

Enrique Palacios

Enrique Palacios has been modeling for only one year, but already he has worked with the industry's top photographers, like Steven Meisel. He has a versatile look that can range from boy toy to London street punk to 1960's Italian matinee idol -- picture a young Marcello Mastroianni or Alain Delon. He is indeed tall, dark and handsome! His exotic presence has earned him the coveted Dolce & Gabanna campaign and a place in the mind of fashion editors and photographers.

Scott Barnhill

Hailing from sunny Florida, Scott Barnhill is something of a cross between Johnny Depp and the cute boy next door. A natural from the start, he was discovered dancing the night away in a nightclub a year ago. The campaigns he has worked on to date include Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabanna, and Versace (shot by the renowned photographer Richard Avedon). When he's not hanging out waiting to pose, he's taking on the streets on his killer skateboard.

Charley Speed

At 19, Charley Speed has cornered the modeling market by appearing in the most innovative fashion campaigns. CK (shot by Craig McDean), Armani and Iceberg (shot by Peter Lindenberg) are just a few of the campaigns he's been featured in. Discovered in his native London, he's now with New York's Next agency. Despite his family background in the film industry, Charley is concentrating on modeling and, on his time off, skateboarding.


nominees :

Craig McDean

Craig McDean is one of the new breed of photographers that pioneered a raw, energetic style of fashion photography. Emerging from a London school of artists, McDean took the soft muted colors of 70's photography and added a 90's edge with a little trashiness and sexiness. Featured in the celebrated "Fashion in the 90's" photography book among the likes of Nan Goldin and David Sims, great things are expected from this younger lens man. McDean has done campaigns for Prada and Calvin Klein and shots for numerous magazines like the Face, W magazine and Harper's Bazaar. His timeless photos of Stella Tennant and Amber Valletta are featured in W's 25th anniversary issue.

Steven Meisel
Known for his highly stylized and conceptual photographs, he immortalized the fashion trinity, as they were known in the mid to late 80's, of Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. His black and white photographs captured them with cigarettes in hand, black eyeliner streaming down their faces, and flawless clothes. In 1992, Meisel reached one of the pinnacles of his career by shooting Madonna's infamous "Sex" book. The racy book came wrapped in layers of protective coverings and was banned in most chain bookstores outside of New York and L.A. A former stylist and Parsons School of Design dropout, Meisel's career flourished on the fashion editorial pages of Italian Vogue in the early 80's. His controversial coup came with the Calvin Klein "kiddie porn" jean campaign, featuring pre-teens in seductive poses in 70's wood-paneled rooms. Meisel, who prefers to keep a low profile, is always under hats and sunglasses, but he continues to shoot for every major international magazine and most recently photographed the new Dolce & Gabanna campaign.

Terry Richardson
Can you imagine Kate Moss and Elvis in Vegas glory for a fashion spread? Terry Richardson made this fantasy possible for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar. This hot new photographer plays up his concept to the max, whether it's kitschy Americana, the rich hues of a landscape or someone's front lawn. Looking like he belongs in a Midwestern rock band rather than at a fashion shoot, Richardson has won rave reviews from fashion folk and the art community. He shoots for Vanity Fair, Bazaar and Visonaire (the limited art/fashion book produced by renowned fashion editor Stephen Gan), and established his career in British magazines like ID and the Face. Among the campaigns he's recently worked on are British designer Katherine Hammette, Matsuda and Levi's.

Mario Testino
Mario Testino can always make the ordinary remarkably intriguing. Much like a film director, he sets scenes, giving his models characters and a new life. Testino broke into the scene in the early 90's as a kind of reporting fashion photographer. While shooting, he's completely under wraps, creating an enclosed set where only his assistant and the model are allowed. The end result is always a collection of eye popping images that make you look twice after thumbing through forty pages of editorial. A regular contributor to W magazine, Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair (where he shot Madonna for the cover in '96 after "Evita"), he's known for his good natured smile everywhere he goes. In 1996 Vanity Fair named him photographer of the year. Among his busy editorial schedule, he has also shot campaigns for Missoni, Gucci and Donna Karan. Testino has the distinction of having taken the last commissioned photographs of the late Princess Di, photographed for Vanity Fair this summer.

Bruce Weber
Bruce Weber reinvented fashion in the early 80's. His signature velvet-like, sensual black-and-white images of men and women out of the studio on sandy beaches in places like Miami and Rio opened the doors to new photographers like Herb Ritts and Meisel. Among his many celebrated books and films are the 1986 "O Rio De Janerio" and "Gentle Giants," which was about Newfoundland dogs and was later developed into a short feature shown at Sundance in 1995. In 1988 his documentary "Let's Get Lost," covering the life of the late jazz great Chet Baker, was nominated for an Academy Award. In between his work as a photographer for a myriad of campaigns and magazines, he has recently finished a documentary on Robert Mitchum and will have a retrospective of his work exhibited in November in London's Portrait Gallery.

Male model of the eyar: Charley Speed
Female model of the year: Karen Elson (Kiara Kabukuru, Carolyn Murphy, Tanga and Stella Tennant were the other models nominated)
Photographer of the year: cancelled, the "photographer of the year" award was never even presented, it disappeared at the last minute because producers said the show was too long
Best women's designer: John Galliano
Best men's designer: Helmut Lang
Best secondary line: Versus by Donatella Versace
Best new designer: Narcisco Rodriguez
Best personal style: Courtney Love and Will Smith
Most stylish video: Fiona Apple


1998 VH1
/Vogue-Fashion Awards


nominees :

Daniel Schmickl

Born in Gottenberg, Sweden, Daniel Schmickl's unique look was discovered by Chris Forberg in September of 1996. Since then, the 23 year-old has done editorial work for L'Uomo Vogue, Vogue, GQ, Arena, Details, and Harper's Bazaar among others. In April 1997, he got the Cerrutti campaign with Paolo Riversi. He has also shot the Dolce & Gabbana campaign with Steven Meisel for two consecutive seasons. Adding to this list of campaigns are Mossimo, Cerrutti accessories with Miles Alderidge, CK, Blumarine with Ellen Von Unwerth, and Yves Saint-Laurent.

Anthony Vibert

Lyons, France is the native home of 19-year-old Anthony Vibert. Although he has only been working for one year, he has appeared in print campaigns and on the runway for Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Cerrutti, and Levi's Dockers. This past year has had Vibert criss-crossing the globe with a non-stop demand for his time. He can currently be seen in the October issue of Arena magazine.

Scott Barnhill

Scott Barnhill, an avid skateboarding enthusiast, has garnered the fashion world's attention this past year with his street-wise style. The 20-year-old hails from Florida and has been featured in major campaigns for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, and Donnatella Versace's Versus. He can currently be seen in Arena and L'Uomo Vogue.

Ryan Locke

Ryan Locke hails from Freemont, CA. His career was launched a year ago when he walked into the Clear Model Agency and within three months was on the cover of L'Uomo Vogue. He was introduced to Tom Ford of Gucci and was booked to open and close the next Gucci runway show. He then became the face of the Gucci underwear ad campaign. He is also pursuing his love of guitar and studying acting with Susan Batson (who taught Tom Cruise). He can currently be seen in campaigns for Valentino, Versace, and Giorgio Armani.

Chris Walters


At just 20, London-born Chris Walters has accomplished a great deal in a short period of time. He began his career in August of 1996. He has done extensive editorial work in such magazines as GQ, Vogue, Attitude, L'Uomo Vogue, and Arena. Chris' campaigns include The Gap, Paul Smith, Yves Saint-Laurent, Lancome, Thierry Mugger, and Armani Exchange. In April 1998, he signed an exclusive contract with Gucci. The fall 1998 ads, shot by Steven Klein, are all over the pages of the magazines this season.

Photographer of the Year: nominees
Bruce Weber
Carter Smith
Mario Sorrenti
Steven Klein
Steven Meisel

Female Model of the Year : nominees
Angela Lindvall
Audrey Marnay
Carolyn Murphy
Erin O'Connor
Maggie Rizer

Male Model of the Year: Scott Barnhill
Female Model of the Year: Carolyn Murphy
Photographer of the Year: Steven Meisel
Women's Wear Designer of the Year: Marc Jacobs
Menswear Designer of the Year: Prada
Best New Designer: Veronique Branquinho
Best Avant-Garde Designer: Alexander McQueen
Best Personal Style- Female: Cameron Diaz
Best Personal Style - Male: Chris Rock
Most Fashionable Artist: Madonna



Gaby said...

I hated the last years. Anna Wintour turned into a celebrity thing, and they ditched the male model award. But the first four years were great.

Johec said...

maybe it was 'cause being a male model started to be considered a ridiculous thing to do due to that movie called Zoolander.

IMO that movie killed the male model.

and now "Bruno", I hate that 2009 GQ july cover, GQ at its worst.

Gaby said...

I hate to say this, but everyone knows that US GQ is very male model phobic, i.e., homophobic. This is due to the late, admittedly great editor Art Cooper. He turned GQ into the worldwide empire that it became, but he was uncomfortable with all the pics of men who were to quote him 'more beautiful than the women.' He was the one who started the trend of using 'real men' in editorials, though they use male models periodically to keep the accusations of sexism and homophobia at bay. Most of those edits are so mediocre, because even if the man, typically an actor or musician, sometimes some professional or olympic athlete (so 'real man') even if he is attracitve, and maybe wears clothes well, isn't comfortable with the camera. There have been exceptions, such as with Jason Sehorn and Chris Long, a few others. The U.S. is the placewhere people are the most uptight about male beauty and male models, so Cooper simply used that prejudice to help sell magazines.

When US GQ celebrated its 45th anniversary in Sept 2002, the then managing editor Martin Beiser in a piece describing the history of the mag was blatantly homophobic. I was furious. I should have wrote a letter complaining but did not. It was in November of that year on the radio that Art Cooper, when asked about the fact that male models do so few editorials in the mag under his direction that he said what I said before. He tried to backtrack but everyone got the message. When it was announced in spring 2003 that Art Cooper would be leaving the magazine at the beginning of June (the magazine had grown stale) and that Jim Nelson (widely believed to be gay) would be taking over, Beiser and some others left. Art died a few days after leaving the mag and in the Sept 2003 issue Nelson, in his praise of Cooper referred to the old GQ as a 'rag.' Everything has continued as before where male models are concerned, though the Oct 2007 issue (it was GQ's 50th anniversary) had a long article describing the history of the early GQ and the people who played a part in establishing it, like Bruce Weber, who had been let go by Cooper and returned under Nelson. They even gasp! mentioned some male models like Jeff Aquilon and Michael Ives.

Anyway, after saying all that, the Derek Zoolander character, taken from the names of Mark Vanderloo and Johnny Zander, made his debut I believe at the 1996 awards show.

Johec said...

great post Gaby! I have to say that I like the GQ Art Cooper era, but as you say he certainly changed the magazine,
in a way he killed all that concept of the GQ male models superstars that many remember with nostalgia.

The Jack Haber/Bruce Weber collaboration is the ultimate era of the male models, very sexy and outstanding pictures, all those GQ issues are a classic and many people is looking for them in ebay that it's almost impossible to get one for decent price.

thanks for this post, I didn't know anything about homofobia in the Art Cooper era but It could make sense if we realize
there were not many "male sexiness" in his years.

oh also didn't know that Derek Zoolander's name was inspired in Mark Vanderloo and Johnny Zander.

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