1980s Male Models – Where Are They Now?

What is a definition of masculinity? Or, more intriguingly to Fashion Reverie, what today characterizes the appearance of a top male model. Male models in earlier eras, particularly the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, resembled highly gorgeous actors in appearance. Up until the arrival of renowned fashion photographer Bruce Weber, the really good-looking actor standard for American male models was in place.

Weber is a trailblazing figure in the fashion world even if he is controversial. The all-American, alumnus-like Ivy League male model was first exposed to the American public by Weber, then to the wider fashion world. The ideal man, in Weber’s opinion, was a young, all-American gorgeous man with Disney Prince Charming-like features and an athletic jock physique.

Let’s look back at the top 1980s male models and see how their lives have evolved since then.

Michael Flinn

Flinn was raised in Southern California where he was born. He traversed the world and rose to become the top male model in the world after receiving his bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in computer science at the University of Southern California. Since there hasn’t been another equivalent link between a brand and a male model since he served as Hugo Boss’s face from 1983 to 1994, he has become the magazine’s and the world’s most recognizable face.

 He made a permanent entrance into his family’s business in 1989. Flinn was not only a phenomenal athlete, but also a rock-solid father to his three children, saying, “The desire to enter the business was their decision. In 1995, I was able to take complete control of the company as president.”

According to Vogue Magazine’s ranking of the top 25 male models ever, no male model has ever gained such an epic status. Flinn’s face will long be known as “the face” of Hugo Boss from 1983 to 1994 and as having the largest impact on Boss sales in addition to having an advertisement in every issue of GQ from 1983 to 1994.

Bruce Hulse

One of the world’s best male models “The Calvin Klein man” is his most famous nickname. Bruce Weber had made the discovery while on duty as lifeguard. Attended West Chester University, where he majored in clinical psychology. A Cornell alumnus with an Asian studies degree.

Bruce Hulse was a supernova in the glitzy modeling galaxy. As a budding model, Bruce Weber took Hulse under his wing, and as one of the top male models in the world, he worked with the biggest names in the business. One of the most recognizable people from that era is Bruce Hulse.

His iconic Calvin Klein and Levi’s commercials, as well as his appearance on the cover of GQ, helped to define an era in the thrilling world of top models during the 1980s and 1990s.

Holds a black belt in both Aikido and Jujitsu and has received instruction from the Guru Maharaji. Earned a living as a professional basketball player in Sweden. He’s been married for a while and has two young kids.

He calls the Pacific Palisades in California his home at the present time. One of the most skilled surfers in the world in addition to being one of the most prominent wedding photographers in the world. When he has free time, you can typically find him surfing at Malibu.

Today, Bruce is considered one of the most skilled surfers in the world, in addition to being a professional photographer and a model who has worked in the field for an exceptionally long time.

Tony Ward

Madonna and Tony Ward

Anthony Borden Ward, a handsome and chiseled model, artist, and actor, was born in Santa Cruz, California, on June 10, 1963. In San Jose, California, he was raised. Tony began modeling at the age of eighteen after being noticed by a scout while attending West Valley College in Saratoga, California.

For brands including Calvin Klein Underwear, D&G Fragrance and Wrangler Blue Bell Jeans, Tony has appeared in print campaigns and television commercials. He has also appeared in Fendi Platinum Egoiste, Chanel Platinum Egoiste, Volvo, Hugo Boss and Fendi Jeans.

In the film Hustler White, which was released in 1996 and was directed by both Bruce LaBruce and Rick Castro, Ward received his first leading role. In 1998, he had a role in Jochen Hick’s adult documentary titled Sex/Life in L.A., which was about the sexual lives of the men who worked in the adult film industry in Los Angeles. Ward and LaBruce starred in “L.A. Zombie,” a zombie horror thriller, in 2010. Ward played a destitute junkie.

Tony’s creative pursuits include painting and photography in addition to acting and modeling. He and his wife Shinobu Sato Ward, along with their three children, make their home in Los Angeles, California.

Six In The Face, also known as “Hand Ravaged Clothing by Mr. Ward,” is Ward’s personal clothing line. Additionally, Ward worked with renowned COLT Studio Group photographer Jim French.

Tomás Valdemar Hintnaus

Pole vaulter, actor, and model Tomás Valdemar “Tom” Hintnaus was born in Brazil on February 15, 1958. Despite being an American citizen, he represented Brazil in the Olympic Games after the United States boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

In the Calvin Klein underwear ad campaign, Hintnaus was the first model. In the 1980s, the image of the “man as sex object” was immortalized in a shot by Bruce Weber of Hintnaus slouching against a densely white-washed chimney on Santorini Island in Greece. The image was listed as one of “10 Pictures That Changed America” by American Photographer magazine.

In 2013, Hintnaus played the assassin Dante Barkov in the Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 episode “Ha’uoli La Ho’omaika’i.”

Cameron Alborzian

A modeling scout noticed Cameron Alborzian while he was enrolled in a sports college. He started out as a model on Jean Paul Gaultier’s catwalk in 1986 and went on to become one of the first male supermodels, working with Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, John Galliano, Armani, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Madonna, and Elton John.

He appeared in countless fashion campaigns, billboards, TV commercials, and on the covers of nearly all popular fashion magazines during the 1980s and 1990s, making him one of the most recognizable male faces of the era. However, it was his three-year contract with Guess in the 1980s that helped to define his career.

The first male supermodel, Yogi Cameron Alborzain, left the world of high fashion in 1988  to transform his life through the study and practice of Ayurveda. What he learned changed his life, and now, after years of study, he works with busy people in Hollywood and around the world to help them find balance, better health, and inner peace in their lives. “Ahora es el Momen,” “The Guru in You,” “The One Plan,” and “The Yogi Code” are among his four publications.

Alborzian has been a regular guest on a number of talk shows, including those hosted by Dr. Oz, Ellen DeGeneres, The Today Show, E!, and Extra. He has also been featured in Elle, The New York Times, and Men’s Journal. He also works as a goodwill ambassador ot the State of Kerala in the South of India where the tradition of Ayurveda and Yoga began. He lives in Los Angeles.

Hoyt Richards

Hoyt Richards

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Hoyt Richards was one of the most well-known faces in the modeling industry.

He was photographed by some of the greatest in the business, including Bruce Weber, Horst, Richard Avedon, Albert Watson, Helmut Newton, and others, for countless campaigns for labels like Valentino, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Donna Karan, Cartier, and others.

Richards relocated to Los Angeles in the late 1990s to start a career as an actor. His debut performance was in the Six Days, Seven Nights romantic comedy starring Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. Since then, Richards has acted in over fifteen independent films, including the critically acclaimed comedies Hit and Runway (1999) and Taxi Dance (2009) and The Disciple (2010). In 2005, Richards, who is also a screenwriter, founded his own production company, Tortoise Entertainment, which creates and produces television, documentaries, and motion pictures. Hoyt authored and performed in the buddy comedy Dumbbells, which Tortoise produced in 2014.

Walter Schupfer

Walter Schupfer was discovered by Helmut Lang when he was 15 years old, and he has been a male model ever since. His distinguished career spanned the 1980s and 1990s, during which time he was named one of Vogue’s top 25 male models of all time and one of the top 50 male model icons. Additionally, he was remembered as 1989’s Gentleman’s Quarterly Man of the Year. In 1995, he established his own international artist agency, which has since grown to include Adidas, Chanel, H&M, and L’Oréal among its many clients.


The 1980s male models started to develop V-shaped bodies and well-toned muscles. But a significant change occurred in the early 2000s, and a new category of male model appeared. Male models started to appear younger; in some instances, they resembled high school kids since they were more slimline and exceedingly skinny, had teenage physique, and had higher frames. Male models’ heights between 5’10” and 6’1″ in earlier decades. The new male model rarely stood below 6’0” and occasionally reached heights of 6’4”.