Olympian Becomes First Woman to Sign an Exclusively-Male Modeling Contract

Artist, swimmer and former Olympian Casey Legler is in the process of adding another line to her resume: male model. As a model for Ford Models, Legler is making headlines over the fact that she models only men’s clothing for the agency. In fact, to her knowledge, she is the first woman to ever sign an exclusively-male modeling contract.

After competing in the 1996 Olympics, the 6’2 Legler chose a career path as an artist in New York city. Her foray into modeling only happened this last summer when she chose to help out a photographer friend in a pinch:

Legler landed the modeling gig this summer when her friend, the photographer Cass Bird, invited her at the last minute to participate in the role of a man for a photo shoot for Muse magazine. The photos were shared with an agent at Ford Models, and the next day, Legler was invited to sign a contract to work exclusively from their male roster.

Apparently, the practice of women modeling as men (and visa versa) is not unheard of in the world of fashion. Legler situation, however, is unique in that she is signed to a contract that has her exclusively modeling male clothing.

Still, it’s not a big deal to her. She sees this in two lights: firstly, as a “unique little moment that fashion is allowing to have happen,” and secondly, as a natural extension of her body of work as an artist.

I have a body of work. I don’t think that anyone looking at that body of work and then seeing me as a model would see it as any kind of a stretch. It implies something interesting. I am not the artmaker in those cases. I get to participate with other artmakers as part of their palette.

Find out more about Legler and her body of work (both as an artist and a male model) by watching the video at the top and/or following this link to the full Time Magazine write-up.

Male Models: The Female of the Species [Time Magazine]

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  • IAR

    Isn’t this the same as “White Model to Illustrate ‘African Queen’ Editorial””??

  • Steve

    She reminds me of the singer for Diamond Rings.

  • k

    Not at all. I consider that editorial offensive because of the way African people have been treated by white people. Africans throughout history have been oppressed for a long time by white people. I don’t really think this article is similar to that editorial at all because women who portray men are seen as strong and tough where many times when men portray women they are seen as feminine, weak and passive. Which unfortunately in our society being feminine most of the time is negative unless its used in a sexual way.

  • Rob

    FYI, Diamond Rings is just one guy – John O’Regan. Wooh! Toronto!

  • DafOwen

    Curious why the limiting factor. I assume most models would consider both.

  • pepe_le_jew

    She looks manlier than Justin Bieber.

  • John Kantor

    She needs that jaw fixed.

  • anonymous

    I would say it is very similar and equally weird. As a man this bothers me because it is just another example of the popular image of masculinity being moved more toward being gender neutral.

  • aaron

    Masculinity belongs to the person who wants to be masculin just as femininity belongs to the person that wants to be feminine. There’s no great conspiracy that is creating an unavoidable sea change in gender bias. As a man, if you want to be and stay masculin, then so be it. No one is going to make you be otherwise. What you are bothered by is being uncomfortable with other people playing with their own gender rolls and bias’. That’s their business. No one is trying to force it on society.


    I see the Sick support of gender free agenda. So why did she sign a male contract? In your world did she sign a contract with the agency to model clothing. Hype Hype Hype….$$$$$$$ . Hey about a black male signing a white male only contract. Hype it up.