*)In 2019, Alton Mason took a trip down under to accept Australian
GQ’s Model of the Year Award. There, a speech was delivered by him the manager Baz Luhrmann discovered therefore going, he felt compelled to introduce himself towards the 24-year-old. (I’m maybe not astonished; whenever we ask if there’s such a thing Mason would like to include at the conclusion of our turn to a afternoon that is recent the model and actor passionately tells me, at length, how he wants everyone reading this to follow their dreams.) Little did he know it at the time, but Luhrmann didn’t just want to pay him a compliment. He was seeing if his hunch that Mason could be the Little that is perfect Richard their future biopic Elvisheld up. And Mason had just what turned into the answer that is perfect Luhrmann asked if he could sing. “I come from generations of singers,” he recalls telling the director over the phone ahead of the film’s 24 release june. And another of these, the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, just therefore were one who Elvis Presley significantly admired. Less than a day later, whenever Luhrmann saw Mason had inherited a few of the family members skill he offered him the role—never mind that the model had no professional acting experience whatsoever for himself. “I was just stunned,” Mason says. But he knew it could be done by him: He’d actually studied acting, during the United states Musical and Dramatic Academy in l . a ., before pivoting to modeling to cover the bills. He wound up dropping in deep love with the second, and also the industry has most surely liked him right back. The season Mason ended up being cast in
Elvis and awarded type of the entire year ended up being, in short, huge: he showed up on nine mag covers, wandered 31 runway programs, and starred in 19 advertising promotions for homes like YSL Beauté alongside Kaia Gerber, and Missoni.Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Mason spent my youth “everywhere;” his father’s job as a basketball that is professional took him across the globe. He was known for his dancing skills (which the late Virgil Abloh would later encourage him to show off on the runway) wherever he went,. They fundamentally received him an area in the BET Awards stage close to Diddy in 2015; a modeling scout took note. Meanwhile, their knack for thirst traps ended up being gaining him attention that is enough another scout to reach out, asking Mason whether he wanted to appear in Kanye West’s third Yeezy show. Alessandro Michele enlisted the model in 2017 to walk for Gucci—and to star in a campaign that saw Mason as part of the house’s first ad featuring an cast that is all-Black. It had been initial of a few milestones for him: the year that is next the late Karl Lagerfeld handpicked Mason from a Chanel campaign to be the first male Black model to walk the house’s runway in its then 108-year history.
Mason didn’t waste his time that is free once*)Elvis
paused shooting throughout the pandemic. He took their trip that is first to, visiting the countries his family came from, Ghana and Nigeria. The latter struck such a chord with Mason that he resolved to make a film that is short would gain regional Covid-19 relief efforts. He additionally immersed himself in everything Little Richard. By the full time they returned to shooting, he had been therefore acquainted with the iconic so-called Architect of Rock & Roll’s individual design him a gold suit that he was confident enough to differ with the costume designer, industry vet Catherine Martin (who goes by CM), who had designed. “I was like, ‘You know, CM, this is super fly, but what if we take it to church and put on a simple suit—this white tie, white shirt, and grey blazer?,’” he recalls. “She was like, ‘Okay, let’s try it—the person that is only has ever recommended such a thing ended up being Nicole Kidman.’” She instantly saw which he ended up being appropriate.Alton Mason very little Richard in Warner Bros. photos’ drama Elvis
’s Cannes Film Festival premiere. The place that is whole at the conclusion of their scene, making for initial applause in a film which had been saturated in shows. It had been an event like no other for Mason, in component as the photographer-flooded carpet that is red for an entirely different experience of being photographed. “I’m not walking to sell clothes, I’m walking because this is my film debut,” he says. “It felt like a new experience—a rebirth.”Mason plans to continue acting, and about it yet, he already has something else in the works while he can’t talk. For the time being, though, he’s getting back once again to making their music that is own, of course, to modeling. The very next day in fact, he’s jetting off to Paris Fashion Week. The industry still manages to surprise him: The brand he’ll walk for, Casablanca, recently cast him in a campaign opposite Nicolas Cage after all this time. Mason is amused to report that the actor did need any tips n’t. “He definitely was a normal,” he claims with fun. He was doing.”(*“ he knew what)