In 2019, Alton Mason took a visit right here to simply accept Australian GQ‘s type of the entire year Award. Here, a speech was delivered by him the director Baz Luhrmann found so moving, he felt compelled to introduce himself to the 24-year-old. (I’m not surprised; when I ask if there’s anything Mason wants to add at the end of our call on a afternoon that is recent the model and star passionately informs me, at size, exactly how he wishes everyone else looking over this to adhere to their aspirations. ) minimal did he understand it at that time, but Luhrmann did not only want to spend him a compliment. He had been seeing if their hunch that Mason may be the Little that is perfect Richard his upcoming biopic Elvis held up. And Mason had what turned out to be the answer that is perfect Luhrmann asked if he could sing. “I originate from generations of vocalists,” he recalls telling the manager throughout the phone prior to the movie’s 24 release june. And one of them, the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, just so happened to be one whom Elvis Presley greatly admired.
Less than 24 hours later, when Luhrmann saw Mason had inherited some of the family talent he offered him the role—never mind that the model had no professional acting experience whatsoever for himself. “I happened to be simply stunned,” Mason claims. But he knew it could be done by him: He’d actually studied acting, at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, before pivoting to modeling to pay the bills. He ended up falling in love with the latter, and the industry has most definitely loved him back. The year Mason was cast in Elvis and Model awarded of the Year was, in a word, huge: he appeared on nine magazine covers, walked 31 runway shows, and starred in 19 ad campaigns for houses like YSL Beauté alongside Kaia Gerber, and Missoni.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Mason grew up “everywhere;” his father’s career as a basketball that is professional took him around the world. 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 eventually earned him a spot on the BET Awards stage next to Diddy in 2015; a modeling scout took note. Meanwhile, his knack for thirst traps was gaining him enough attention for another scout to reach out, asking Mason whether he wanted to appear in Kanye West’s third show that is yeezy. Alessandro Michele enlisted the model in 2017 to walk for Gucci—and to star in a campaign that saw Mason within the household’s first title featuring an cast that is all-Black. It was the first of several milestones for him: the year that is next the belated Karl Lagerfeld handpicked Mason from a Chanel campaign to function as the very first male Ebony model to walk your house’s runway in its then 108-year history.
Mason did not waste their time that is free once*)Elvis paused filming during the pandemic. He took his trip that is first to, visiting the nations their household originated in, Ghana and Nigeria. The latter hit such a chord with Mason he resolved to produce a film that is short would benefit local Covid-19 relief efforts. He also immersed himself in everything Little Richard. By the time they got back to filming, he was so familiar with the iconic so-called Architect of Rock & Roll’s personal style 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 happened to be like, ‘You understand, CM, this is certainly super fly, but exactly what it to church and put on a simple suit—this white tie, white shirt, and gray blazer?,’” he recalls if we take. “She was like, ‘Okay, let’s try it—the person that is only has ever recommended any such thing had been Nicole Kidman.’” She straight away saw he had been appropriate.Alton Mason only a small amount 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 movie which had been filled with shows. It absolutely was an event like no other for Mason, in component since 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 movie 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 present time, however, he is 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 didn’t need any tips. “He definitely was a natural,” he says with a laugh. He was doing.”(*“ he knew what)