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Survivalist of The Daily: Garrett Neff

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Not only is he one of the top male models in the industry, but Garrett Neff is now a successful designer after launching his line of swimwear, KATAMA, at the Spring Men’s shows last summer. This IMG Models superstar walks us through his early days in the industry, who has his respect, and how he starts his day in the latest installment of The Survivalists. 

Got here: February, 2007

Why you made it: “Saying “no” a lot.”

How you survived: “Saying “yes” to the right things.”

Who are your good friends in the industry? “I’ve never been good at picking a few from the group but I must say that Milan Vukmirovic and I have been close friends through so many different stages of our careers.”

Early shows: “Chanel Cruise was my first show in June 2006 at Grand Central Station, but I think my very first show was Perry Ellis and David Milosevich cast me.

Best day in the biz: “Probably the day I launched KATAMA, my swimwear line, July 13 2015.”

What female models do you admire? “Liya Kebede, Karlie Kloss, and Natalia Vodianova. They are all positive female role models in the industry and professionals with passion to improve the world.”

R-E-S-P-E-C-T:Ralph Lauren has created something in his brands that is rare and enviable, and equally responsible I think is Bruce Weber for executing the same vision in his photography. They both give back in many ways to the communities around them. I also admire Stephen Gan for his work ethic and undying creative spirit.”

Fashion pet peeve: “The “It” thing really bothers me. “It” never lasts, and we soon get bombarded and sick of “It.” I’m all about reenvisioning the classics and making it new.”

Latest read?”The One Thing by Gary W. Keller.”

Typical breakfast: “Greek yogurt with berries, and a skim cappuccino and I’m good to go till a late lunch.”

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