Posted by: 4pack | August 9, 2008

“Old Guy” Profile: Male Model Bruce Hulse Releases New Book

Every now and again, Bruce Hulse is approached on the street by someone who asks, “Don’t I know you from somewhere?”

It comes with being a top male model.

But the days of anonymity could be over for the 56-year-old self-described “scruffy surfer from Philadelphia” turned GQ cover boy and face of Calvin Klein.

Hulse has just released “Sex, Love, and Fashion: A Memoir of a Male Model” (Harmony), a tell-all book that (among other things) details his sexploitations with famous models, including Andie MacDowell, Elle Macpherson and Paulina Porizkova.

But it’s not all kiss and tell.

Woven into the lively narrative are vignettes about everything from surfing the New Jersey shore to his days at Cornell University, where he majored in Asian studies, as well as Hulse’s lifelong search for spirituality, purpose and love, all of which he finds in good time.

Today, Hulse lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife, who is also a model, and their children, ages 5 and 12.

While he’s still modeling, having recently shot ads for Nautica and Old Navy and appeared as a judge on Bravo’s “Manhunt: The Search for America’s Most Gorgeous Male Model,” Hulse has picked up a new career as a photographer. His specialty is weddings, bar mitzvahs and other life-altering moments that he shoots in the storytelling style of fashion photography’s masters.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent conversation:

All throughout the book, you give almost a play-by-play account of your liaisons with some of the world’s top models. Did you prepare these women in advance for what is now in print?


I didn’t. Hopefully I’m not harming these girls by talking about an affair we had 25 years ago. They are all great girls. They’re all super. These were girls that were being pursued by rock stars, by politicians, by agents, by photographers. They had a hundred guys lined up. So you don’t choose to be with a supermodel, they choose you.

So, what is it like for you now to look back on more than 25 years of fashion shoots?

You have a historical record of this descent into old age as a model. You start out as this young stud in the prime of your life. You’re the motorcycle guy in the Levi’s ads. And then, all of a sudden, you and Lauren Hutton are shooting with Peter Lindbergh up in Deer Valley, and you’re the grandparents. So, if you have a sense of humor, it’s great.

Sandra Barrera (818) 713-3728


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