With corn-fed good looks, Cory Bond has graced billboards for Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors as well as starring with his model wife, Bekah Jenkins, in the new Banana Republic campaign. When he’s not smoldering in front of the camera, Cory can be found back home in Tennessee decompressing from the hectic life of New York.
Tell us about how you were discovered.
ProScout, a model and talent scouting company, came to Nashville. I was scouted at the event and landed an agency.
How do you feel about the renaissance in using models with the archetypal Greek god physique?
Well, I think the fashion industry is trendy. What’s hot today may not be tomorrow. I like my classic look; it never goes out of fashion. I’m in love with old Hollywood.
How do you handle the scrutiny and rejection that comes with modeling?
In the world of modeling you are constantly being judged and sized up. If you can’t handle that then you won’t like being a model. I handle it by staying in shape and taking good care of myself. If I hear no from an audition then I can rest assured knowing that I did my part and I wasn’t what the client had in mind for the shoot. Somethings just aren’t meant to be. I don’t lose any sleep over it.
How do you handle the isolation that comes with modeling?
I learned to live alone. I can go to a great restaurant or a movie all by myself, but I like to eat with others from the job and get to know everyone. Also, when I’m in a cool city I like to get out and see the town a bit.
Tell us about your relationship with social media.
I use social media to show people what I see on trips and what I like. Before social media I’d have to take photos and develop the film then show people and try to describe what it was like. Now, I can show you a video or a photo of exactly what I’m looking at in the moment.
What are some of the misconceptions you face as a male model?
That male models are dumb or that it’s not a “real job”. Thanks Zoolander!
If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing?
Well, I would most likely be working as a photographer or an entertainer of some kind.
What have you discovered about yourself through modeling?
That I love to travel. I don’t think I’ve been anywhere in the world that I didn’t find something that I loved or that I was inspired by.
What are your goals and aspirations?
My goal is to continue building my name and brand. I want to continue working in this business and do more TV commercials and acting.
What advice would you give to your younger self about to embark on this journey?
Never forget where you come from and embrace the opportunity that you have been given.
Follow him at @THECORYBOND