Tyler Riggs is with Red (NYC), Success (Paris), and Beatrice (Milan).
TYLER RIGGS: I was born in Tampa Florida. I am the descendant of an Irish Mick.
TYLER RIGGS: I met a girl in Tampa that was friends with one of my band-mates and she asked if I wanted to do a photoshoot. After I we got the pictures back she told me that I should try and start modeling for real. I never really consider modeling before this point in my life. I always wanted to write music or act or write stories.
TYLER RIGGS: I was sort of a Jack of all trades growing up. I was a little geeky when I was younger, I loved comic books and video games and shit like that. When I got in my teens I started getting into punk/hardcore music and I was working out quite a bit because I thought it would make me tougher or some shit. In high school I was big in to skateboarding and I actually played football one year.....so yeah. That was a long answer; I will try and not do that anymore.
TYLER RIGGS: Sheesh. Well.....I have had like 15 jobs....literally. Before Starbucks I was laying brick and before that I was a waiter and before that I toured with a band. Sooo....I chose Starbucks because I tried going back to school, that didn't work out too well; I tend to have a problem with anyone trying to tell me what to do.
TYLER RIGGS: To be honest I am not sure. It seems that it is some sort of fad right now, so I guess it is an advantage. But, to be honest, some of these guys have the worst fucking tattoo's I have ever seen.
TYLER RIGGS: I don't know, I started modeling under the impression that I wasn't going to do shit. I thought this whole thing was a joke. I came in to the industry expecting the worst so I was just pretty thankful every time a job came my way.
TYLER RIGGS: I don't know. Don't take shit from anyone. I think at the end of the people respect you for that. Be nice and don't try to be anything but yourself, after all, imitation is the sincerest form of battery.
TYLER RIGGS: Is it hard to be a male model..? No, it is most certainly not hard. Sometimes it is hard to put up with everyone's fake ass bullshit.
TYLER RIGGS: Be yourself and don't kiss too much ass. Desperation is a sad killer. As for how you should look, thats up to the individual. I would recommend trying to have your own personal style that sets you apart from the others.
TYLER RIGGS: I don't know if I have had this "AHA" moment yet. I guess I just take all of this with a grain of salt.
PONY RYDER: Is it true that you will be face of Luise Vuitton SS09 ad campaign?
TYLER RIGGS: My mom always says don't count your chicken before your eggs have hatched.
TYLER RIGGS: I think it is a bunch of political bullshit.
PONY RYDER: Did you get cast directly by Meisel for that editorial?
TYLER RIGGS: I think so. You never know. I was probably their last resort. HA
TYLER RIGGS: It's hard to explain, they are all a little different. Some companies are obviously bigger than others. Shooting for the bigger companies is usually easier than the smaller ones.
TYLER RIGGS: It's definitely easier when there is more people on the shoot because half the time you are just chilling out. It is possible to shine on a shoot, sometimes the photographer or the stylist is really into shooting you and kind of forgets about the others. Doesn't happen that often ha ha.
TYLER RIGGS: You most certainly do not get a choice. You are lucky if they even ask your opinion about the images.
TYLER RIGGS: I like the photo by David Armstrong in the last issue of Another Man.
TYLER RIGGS: I haven't really experienced that. Photoshop makes it a little easier for photographers and makeup artists. I think it probably allows photographers to experiment a little more.
TYLER RIGGS: A model can definitely control his/her own career. You should never do anything you are not comfortable with doing. At the end of the day you need be concerned about your career end.
TYLER RIGGS: I personally don't really have any sort of routine. I don't really wash my face with any specific product, I just use what I can find.
PONY RYDER: Do you moisturize regularly, what product do you use?
TYLER RIGGS: I don't moisturize regularly. I have some Burt's Bees lotion for when I do.
PONY RYDER: When it comes to shape, female models are expected to be skinny, what about male models, what is expected of them? How do you stay in shape?
TYLER RIGGS: Yeah, guys have to be really skinny in order to do runway. I never really liked chocolate or candy so I can basically eat whatever I want and stay pretty small. I just had to stop working out a lot, I had a hard time fitting suits when I first started.
PONY RYDER: Soda/tea?
TYLER RIGGS: I don't drink soda, I drink sweet tea.
TYLER RIGGS: My girlfriend ( Sofi Berelidze ) for sure, she is a great model and a hard worker. Besides her I don't really know who. Maybe Rachel Clark, she is one of my good friends and she seems to know what she is doing.
TYLER RIGGS: I like Levi's skinny jeans and thrift stores. I guess my biggest influence comes from my favorite movies i.e: The Outsiders, Mad Max, Snatch, Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood.
TYLER RIGGS: Take what you can and don't ever expect favors.
PONY RYDER: Do you have any model friends you would like to see presented on Pony Ryder?
TYLER RIGGS: Haha, how about Sofi?
Exclusive interview with fashion model Tyler Riggs is original work and courtesy of Pony Ryder (PR) blog.