Published on May 6th, 2013 | by Kyle Kressin
Dylan Stephens: Nashville’s Top Model
Since its founding in 2010, Nashville Fashion Week has become one of the top style events in the South. Spotlighting local, regional, and national designers at fashion events and shows, NFW is also the perfect opportunity for young modeling talent to get themselves national print and runway exposure.
Prior to this year’s event in April, MACS/AMAX and Dan Talent Group, both leading talent agencies in the Nashville area, held NFW auditions at Opry Mills for aspiring models to compete for the Fashion Week roster, and local model Dylan Stephens was one of the lucky few to earn a place on NFW’s heralded runways.
“I actually had the honor of participating in New York Fashion Week this past February. It was amazing,” Stephens said. “I walked for Ashton Michael, Elliott Evan, and others. Hopefully when I finish school in June, I can really start traveling and make modeling a full-time job.
At Nashville Fashion Week, Stephens successfully walked for Black by Maria Silver, TUFT, and Pink Elephant Designs; however, it is his painstakingly beautiful portfolio that draws him the most attention. Stephens photographs with the poise and grace helping to create a perfect image.
His life’s goals are to create beauty in the world, open some minds, and start a conversation; he feels modeling is a perfect medium to do just that. “I love being a part of a team to bring a vision to life,” he says. “When a designer sees his or her dreams breathe and become a reality, that’s the most rewarding part of my job.”
Combining reality and fantasy is something that Stephens tries to integrate into everyday life and encourages others to do the same. “Whether it’s wearing heels to the grocery store or blasting your music with your hair flying in the wind,” he jokes. “Those little things can be a release from the strain of everyday life. Do what you never thought you would…go for it. Freedom inspires me.”
Even though he sometimes receives criticism for being who he is, Stephens remains focused on his career. After flying back to Nashville from New York, he was placed to walk in Los Angeles Fashion Week before being flown back to New York for another show. “I guess success is the ultimate revenge considering you get plenty of ‘no’s’ in this industry.”
Along with his modeling career, Stephens is studying music production in hopes to become a creative director for fashion-related films, but until then he plans to walk the hottest runways in the world.