Top 5 Australian male models of 2021

Male modelling has historically been smacked with unappealing connotations of narcissism, unintelligence and exorbitant femininity, similar to what you would see in Ben Stiller’s film Zoolander. 

Nonetheless, with the exponential usage of social media, aspiring male models have been able to build their own Instagram portfolios which sometimes can grant them exposure to big-time modelling agencies. 

Below we have listed the Top 5 Australian Male Models of 2021, who have each established their own successes through distinct pathways.  

Elias Black  @myfriendelias

Here we have Elias Black, the self-proclaimed adventurer, surfer and personal trainer with 120k Instagram followers.

You may know the Melbourne-born hunk from the first season of Love Island Australia.  Now signed with Kult Management Australia, Black was previously recruited by IMG Models Sydney and Giant Management. This brown-eyed fellow with luscious curls began modelling in 2013 when he was flown to Milan after being scouted as a teenager.  Black has also worked with numerous high-end, international brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Toni Maticevski, Ford, L’Oréal, Politix, Myer, 2XU and Bonds, just to name a few.  Black is now situated in Byron Bay where he attains publicity through social media partnerships and collaborations.  With a face and body like that, why wouldn’t he?!

Felix Mallard @itsfelixwhat

Ladies and gentleman, introducing… Felix Mallard.  Born in Semaphore, South Australia, Mallard grew up in Melbourne and is a renowned model, musician and actor. 

The 23 year old is signed with Vivien’s Models, and is also a guitarist and singer in the punk rock band, Enemies Alike.   Mallard is best known for his acting roles as Ben Kirk in the soap-opera Neighbours (2014), CBS’s Happy Together (where he played pop-star ‘Cooper James’, who is based on Harry Styles – 2018), Locke & Key (2020), All the Bright Places (2020), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (2021), and currently, Ginny and Georgia (2021).   Mallard now has 3.3million Instagram followers.  

Fun Fact:  At the age of 10, Mallard took up the sport of fencing and competed at state and national levels.  He won two bronze medals in the 2012 Victorian National Championships!

Harvey Petito @harveypetito

This fresh-faced 17 year old is Harvey Petito, the new kid on the block who is ready to dominate the media. 

Born in Carlton, Melbourne, Petito rose to international fame after modelling for major campaigns and brands such as Witchery, Peter Alexander, Kmart, Seed Heritage, Cotton On, Target, Sportsco and Pavement Brands.  Not only this, but Petito has involved himself in Australian Fashion Week, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival,  Big City Kids Magazine, Young Fashion Kids Magazine and hit-TV show, House Husbands in 2017.  Although Petito began modelling at age 7, he earned his first break at age 9 (in 2012), where he was signed by Bayside Modelling Agency.  He is now recruited with Chadwick Models.  You may also recognise the teen from TikTok, where he has 1.6million followers and 49.1million likes.  He currently has 637k Instagram followers, and has collaborated with high-profile models such as Meika Woollard, Paris Bishop and William Franklyn-Miller.

Charlie Taylor @charlietaylor

Meet Charlie Taylor, the 25-year-old, blue-eyed Instahottie with 485k followers. 

Formerly a rugby player who represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games, Taylor is best known for his appearance on Season 1 of Love Island Australia (despite being kicked off after 7 days – sad face).  The Sydney-born stud was previously signed with Vivien’s Models.  However, Taylor is now contracted with Stone Model Management and works as a fitness trainer, YouTuber and actor.  Taylor is currently living in Dubai.

Fun Fact:  Taylor is one of eight children (five brothers, two sisters) , likes to sing, and plays the guitar.

Jordan Barrett @iblamejordan

Known as the today’s ‘young Leonardo DiCaprio’, Jordan Barrett has been titled as ‘Model of the Year’  for and “Model boy of the new era” by Vogue.  

The 23 year old from Byron Bay was undoubtedly born to be a model.  Just have a look at his striking features – golden hair, olive skin, fierce blue eyes, heart shaped pout, high cheekbones and razor-sharp jawline… No wonder he was signed to IMG models at just 13 years of age!  Legend has it, he was signed after being caught shoplifting at a convenience store by a talent scout who passed him a business card and encouraged him to become a model (interesting, hey).  He has also been signed with Kult Modelling agency, but has returned to IMG.  Barrett is also represented by Kate Moss Agency in the UK, as well as mega-agency CAA in the USA.   At the ripe age of 22, Barrett has been majorly successful as an international model, appearing in campaigns for top brands such as Tom Ford, Coach, Balmain, Tommy Hilfiger, Moschino and Versace.   

Back at home, Barrett has created a unisex capsule collection with SIR the Label, and has started participating in acting gigs such as Burn, a new TV series by Gadir Rajab (an Australian director who has been successful in working with projects from Adidas to Justin Beiber).  According to a previous interview with Vanity Fair, Barrett finds acting “challenging.. but like therapy almost”.  He has appeared in music videos for Kanye West and Fergie.

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