Leebo Freeman launched onto the modeling scene by opening Mugler’s AW11 menswear show. He has since walked for Vivienne Westwood, Jeremy Scott, Dsquared2 and Frankie Morello and shot editorials including Vogue Homme Japan, W Korea, L’Officiel Hommes Germany, Wonderland and Hercules. When he’s not treading the runways, Leebo enjoys working on his music and building his acting career. I caught up with Leebo to find out what he’s doing these days.
How were you discovered?
A mutual friend on Facebook introduced me to my lovely mother agent Kevin Holloman.
If you weren’t modeling what would you be doing?
I’d be pushing my music as much as I could and I’d probably still be in a band getting the most out of life.
How do you handle the isolation that comes with modeling?
It’s tough at times. I love people and having close contact with friends and family. Other than that, I have a good system and I don’t mind being one my own, sitting back and watching the world buzz.
How do you define success?
Happiness for a start. If you are happy then that’s all that matters in your career. As long as you are pausing yourself and not letting your time pass by without taking advantage of opportunities and taking steps forward then you’re always a success.
How do you handle the scrutiny and rejection that comes with modeling?
Well to be fair, I don’t really care what people think about me or what I’m doing. I’m going to do everything to the fullest and if that doesn’t fit what someone wants then on to the next and keep pushing forward. I think people get caught up trying to please everyone and by’eck that’s impossible!
What do you do to decompress from the pace of modeling and refocus?
Well, I recently got a wee dog, Vash, and love muckin’ about with him; animals are such a great energy. Of course working on my music always takes me away no matter where I am.
What have you discovered about yourself through modeling?
That if I truly want something I will have it. As well, I’m getting good at being alone.
What are your goals and aspirations for the future?
As much as I can do with music. Acting is another true passion so I’m sorting stuff out with that this year. I want to make a comfy home as well, a nice base to come back to.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Despite my general positive outlook on things, I have had very dark moments where I thought I’d give up on everything. It is always my intention to redirect my thoughts into positive ones, but sometimes I can feel quite trapped and haunted by dark thoughts. I’m all about real experiences and true feelings in life. I want to know at the end of my days that I have lived life to the fullest. I’m okay with these moments though they are not the easiest.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about modeling?
Definitely that it’s easy and that models live some glamorous life where everything is done for them. It’s a lot harder than the TV makes it out to be in more ways than just the work aspect.
On another note, I don’t feel bigger than anyone or on some untouchable level or any of that wank stuff. So anyone should feel free to reach out. Ask me something, tell me something, or if you see me boppin’ about don’t be afraid to say hello or have a hug. Let’s be happy and make this life count. Much love and positive vibes!
Leebo is represented by Adam Models