The fashion world’s latest ‘It Boy’ and Internet sensation Lucky Blue Smith finally strutted his stuff in Manila as he headlined a local label’s fashion show and thrilled his Filipino fans.
The 18-year old American, who hails from Los Angeles, was spotted for modelling at the young age of 10; and two years later landed on the roster of an international modeling agency. A few more years followed and the six-foot-two-inch Adonis—gifted with piercing blue eyes and platinum hair—skyrocketed to international fame, most especially online in 2015, where he was dubbed the male equivalent of top model Cara Delevingne.
Smith headlined homegrown fashion label Penshoppe’s major runway show, heralding its pre-holiday collection, at the new Conrad Hotel in Pasay City.
Featuring a myriad of cool and undeniably stylish pieces that come in both dynamic and subdued colors, the collection for this campaign highlights the vibrant and edgy fashion sense of “cool kids” from the “world’s most fashionable metropolises.”
Besides going live on the runway, Smith will also star in the label’s pre-holiday campaign, “Rule the City,” alongside Penshoppe’s roster of international ambassadors, namely supermodels Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Sean O’Pry with Asian superstars Sandara Park and Mario Maurer.
Generous with his time, albeit a short visit to the Philippines, Smith also gamely held a meet and greet with fans on July 30.
Globally, the fashion industry acknowledges that Smith’s social media popularity—especially among teenage girls and boys—has been key to for the fashion brands and editors who have commissioned him for their products and layouts.
Smith hold the second highest number of social media followers among the male models in the world. To be precise, he has a huge following on Instagram with 2.5 million followers and counting. According to Vanity Fair, Smith is truly social media savvy as he holds “Insta-meets” where he assembles an Instagram mob IRL (in real life).
Before taking on the Penshoppe portfolio Smith had already appeared for shows and campaigns of such world famous fashion brands as H&M, Tom Ford, Phillipp Plein, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Etro and Michael Kors to name a few.
With his popularity at its peak, the top model has also crossed over to acting, currently working on a movie titled, Love Everlasting, which will be shown in US cinemas this year.
In 2009, Smith and his three sisters, Pyper America, Starlie Cheyenne and Daisy Clementine—all models like him—formed a surf-rock band called The Atomics. Smith is the drummer and has stated in past interviews that music is his real passion. The band is also represented by Next Modeling Agency.
Meanwhile, during his visit in Manila, he described his Filipino fans as “the best” and promised to be back soon.
Asked if he would consider dating a Filipina, he said, “Of course. Here’s the thing. It doesn’t matter if you’re Filipino, American, Chinese, Australian, anything. I mean, what I like in a girl is just own your personality and be yourself, and that’s what will make me attracted to you.”