David James Gandy (born 19 February 1980) is a British model. After winning a televised competition in 2001, Gandy became a successful model. In an industry dominated by extremely thin men, Gandys muscular build caught the eye of Italian fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana. For several years, the duo featured him in their campaigns and fashion shows, ultimately leading other designers to move to a more masculine standard. Gandy has been the face of D&Gs Light Blue fragrance since 2006, shooting multiple campaigns and touring internationally as the brands ambassador. The increase in his popularity and name recognition resulted in a broad portfolio of clients, magazine covers, editorial photo shoots, interviews, industry awards and television appearances.
Having gained a reputation for his personal style, Gandy began writing a blog for British Vogue and lifestyle articles for Telegraph Men. He also launched two mobile apps: one for physical fitness and the other for style tips. Soon thereafter, Gandy was appointed by the British Fashion Council to their committee for London Collections: Men to be a representative of the British fashion industry. In 2014, he moved beyond modelling to designing his own range of underwear, lounge-wear and swimwear for Marks & Spencer, which became one of the companys top-selling clothing lines. Gandy was repeatedly included on British GQs list of Best Dressed Men and was named the Most Stylish Man of the Year in 2015 at their Men of the Year awards gala.
Gandy started his own production company and has invested in small companies and film projects. He has also participated in numerous charity fundraisers, most prominently as the celebrity ambassador for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Style for Soldiers charity and the Blue Steel Appeal, his own non-profit foundation. A car enthusiast, Gandy started writing car reviews for GQ and Mayfair Times and has made televised appearances on Classic Car Show. He obtained a racing licence in 2012 and competed in the 2013 and 2015 Mille Miglia Italian endurance races as well as powerboat races with Martini Racing.