Morris Pendlebury was scouted during a shopping excursion in Leeds and signed with Premier Model Management. The Yorkshire-born model is racking up a slew of edgy editorials in magazines such as L’Officiel Singapore and Bon in addition to advertising campaigns for Barneys New York. I caught up with Morris to find out about what he hopes to get out of his career and the highlights so far.
You were discovered in Primark in Leeds. What went through your mind when you were approached by the scout from Premier?
I wasn’t really sure what to make of it at first. It’s not really an industry I thought I would be going into. I honestly thought it might be a joke.
Coming from a small town in North Yorkshire what were your initial impressions when you began modeling?
I thought the whole thing was kinda strange at first. But really, who else at 17 has such great opportunities for work and travel?
What are your aspirations and goals for the future?
To have a successful life.
What do you hope to get out of your modeling career?
To work with some of the industries best. It’s amazing to see the way that people work and just to be involved in the creative process. I would like to travel more and live in New York for a while.
How do you handle the pressure and rejection that comes with modeling?
Every job comes with a certain degree of pressure and rejection so modeling is not actually so different in that respect. You might not always be the look that a client wants. You can’t get every casting you go to and after time you just learn to thrive under pressure.
If you weren’t modeling what would you be doing?
I would probably be at university racking up student debt and spending money that I don’t have.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
Working with some amazing photographers like Paolo Roversi and Tim Walker and designers like Hedi Slimane. Having the opportunity to travel the world is something I wanted to do since I was young too.
What have you discovered about yourself through modeling?
I have gained a greater sense of appreciation for where I’m from. I didn’t really see the positives until I left and came back. I’ve also learned I can cook but I’m still learning to clean up.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have A-Levels in math and science and I would love to study chemical engineering at university.
Morris is represented by Fusion Models