I am lucky enough to say I have known the lovely David Peters for many years.
I recall a conversation I had with a modest teenager who was contemplating taking up modelling part time in order to earn a little extra cash on the side of his professional golf career. This apprehensive youngster, is now all grown up with such a constant flow of modelling work, that he almost managed to convince me he was too busy to do this interview…. Almost!
Introducing Mr David Peters, Mens Fitness Magazine cover model.
Ladies and gentleman, its time to take notes as David talks fashion, flirting, food and fitness and just what it takes to be a cover model…
CASEY: What qualities do you look for in a woman?
DAVID: I’m not going to lie of course initially its based on appearance. Your not going to look across the bar and wonder if a girl has a nice personality. But once you start talking to a girl their personality can make them either more attractive or less attractive. I go for women with confidence and they have to have a sense of humour because at the end of the day there’s nothing worse than a bore that you can’t have a laugh with.
CASEY: What do you look for in a woman’s appearance?
DAVID: Personally I don’t like a girl who dresses up all the time and looks like she’s tried too hard. I don’t want her to feel she’s always got to impress, I want her to feel comfy in what she’s wearing. For example once I went to the cinema with a girl and it looked like she was dressed up for a night out and I felt uncomfortable. I like a girl with her own style who doesn’t follow the crowd, she just wears what she wants to wear.
CASEY: You are currently single, so what would be a typical date for you?
DAVID: Dinner of course, I’m a gentleman! Does this mean we can start talking about food now that you mention dinner?
CASEY: Not just yet. Typical chat up line?
DAVID: I’m not trying to chat you up!
CASEY: It’s a question! What’s your typical chat up line you use on women?
DAVID: Oh! Ha ha. I honestly don’t use them, its not me. I just chat and ask them for their number if I like someone. There are no cheesy chat up lines needed.
CASEY: Time to talk food. What would you eat in a typical day?
DAVID: Bran flakes or porridge for breakfast, then scrambled eggs mid morning or a protein shake. For lunch a salad or sandwich on brown bread, never in a million years would I eat white bread. Protein in the afternoon for example a bowl of tuna with wholegrain pasta. Then I’d have a workout if I’m free, and afterwards a low carbohydrate dinner for example chicken and vegetables.
CASEY: Any guilty pleasures?
DAVID: Yeah of course, I give myself treats sometimes. I love chocolate, ice cream and Chinese food. My diet is generally really healthy so I let myself eat food like that occasionally. I just have to pay for it the next day and work harder in the gym.
CASEY: How do you keep your body in that perfect shape? You must surely follow a strict regime?
DAVID: I believe its mainly to do with what you eat. I have a clean diet and I think most people tend to over eat. I look after myself, I don’t smoke and only drink alcohol once a month and drink lots of water.
CASEY: Surely it can’t be that easy, you must spend every day in the gym!
DAVID: No, I go about four to five times a week for about an hour and a half. My workouts are non stop though. Some people say they go to the gym and then there’s people who work hard in the gym. It’s not a social, I go to the gym to train, I don’t mess about and I train intensely for that hour. People don’t know how to train properly. I see guys pick up weights and do a set, put the weight down and rest for five minutes before picking it up again. This isn’t the way to get maximum results. I literally leave ten to twenty seconds between each set so its physically harder. I don’t do much cardiovascular work due to the fact my weight sessions can get me better results and keep me leaner.
CASEY: What was your last modelling job?
DAVID: I was on television for ‘This Morning’ for a style and beauty segment, the last one was frost free fashion. I do quite a bit of modelling for the show, its really good fun.
CASEY: What has been your best modelling job so far?
DAVID: For pure experience and achievement is the Men’s Fitness cover but I also love jobs where I get to travel like the job for a Mizuno running campaign in Switzerland for their Autumn / Winter collection 2011.
CASEY: Lets talk fashion. How would you describe your style?
DAVID: My style is boring. I need another personal shopping trip with you! I could do with some new style advice because I think I play it too safe and don’t experiment much. I do like simplicity though, I don’t feel the need to attract attention from what I wear. You’re most likely to find me in Zara buying simple pieces.
CASEY: Do you have a style icon?
DAVID: I don’t really have one but from time to time I get ideas from different celebrities and admire their confidence to wear some things that they do.
CASEY: Are there any looks that you dislike?
DAVID: I hate trousers tucked into high tops and that whole look. I really don’t like that, it looks too try hard. If anyone tried to style me like that, I would have none of it. Timberland boots are another thing I have always hated. They are terrible. They are never ever going to be cool. I don’t like clothes with big labels on either or really colourful clothes with patterns.
CASEY: I had you down as a pretty boy type, would you agree with this?
DAVID: I’m not like that. Joey Essex is a clean cut pretty boy, that type. I’d never class myself as a pretty boy and if I did my dad would give me a slap.
CASEY: Are there any past fashion disasters you dare to share with us?
DAVID: I haven’t had a disaster because I always play it safe. There’s been a few outfits that I wouldn’t wear now but at the time it seemed alright.
CASEY: Do you have a dress for success special outfit?
DAVID: I go to castings plain. You are trying to sell yourself not clothes. If you go to castings you don’t want to dress too fashionably because they may not like that style and this may influence their judgement on you.
CASEY: You have been on the front cover of Mens Fitness Magazine, something most men could only dream of. What would you like to achieve next?
DAVID: I haven’t set new goals yet. My last one I joked about with my mates was to be on the cover of a men’s fitness magazine so now that’s been accomplished I need to set some new ones. For now I’m happy with where I am.
– Casey Paul