PHOTOS: Ford’s Female ‘Male Model’ Gets Her First Big Feature

If we had longer arms, we’d reach right across the Atlantic and give the Observer a high five for their latest feature: a lengthy profile and photo spread starring Casey Legler, the first woman ever to be signed to the men’s board at Ford Models.

Apart from her striking looks and 6ft 2in frame, Legler is unique amongst her fellow models in her eagerness to join the conversation about gender in the fashion industry. As the Observer points out, Andrej Pejic, the poster boy for androgyny, tends to demur from serious discussion on the issues, preferring to maintain a “level of mystery.” Legler, on the other hand, considers her foray into male modeling to be a natural extension of her work as an artist:

“‘I am the person who has to introduce this. They want to shoot me because I have a narrative, and implicit in that is a conversation,’ she explains. ‘I’m not androgynous,’ she stresses, holding her drink with tattooed fingers. ‘There is no ambiguity with me.’”

She holds a refreshingly mature outlook on her role, which may have something to do with the fact that, at 35, she has more perspective than her teenage counterparts, and speaks eloquently about clothing, gender, and performance. We also learn more about her past career as an Olympic swimmer (albeit one who disliked exercise, competition, and cold water) and future acting ambitions.

Her ultimate dream role? The first female James Bond. And if her ability to rock a Tom Ford tux is any indication, she’ll have no problem nailing the part.

See Legler’s spread below:

[Observer]

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