2015 was a pretty rad year for Shawn Mendes. His debut album, Handwritten, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, he scored a hit single with “Stitches,” toured on Taylor Swift’s massive 1989 tour, and so much more. Perhaps Shawn himself said it best on Monday (Jan. 4), when he tweeted:
Now, only four days into the new year, Shawn’s not only landed himself on Forbes' "30 Under 30" list, but he's scored another big accomplishment: a deal with Wilhelmina Models, an agency that also has Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas on its roster. Wilhelmina will reportedly strengthen Shawn’s brand through “modeling, endorsement and product deals in the fashion arena, seeking out editorial opportunities,” according to a press release.
“Shawn is an infectious and talented performer, and we are confident his career in the modeling industry will be as exciting and accomplished,” said Wilhelmina CEO Alex Vaickus in the release. “We look forward to the journey of working closely with him and the team to build the Shawn Mendes brand.”
Shawn said in his own statement, “I’m so excited to be working with Wilhelmina. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have planned for this year!”
Any fan of Shawn’s knows he’s an insanely skilled guitarist and singer, but a model? In legit fashion editorial spreads? In case you have any doubt about the 17-year-old’s abilities in that arena, just sneak a peek at the following pics, which prove Shawn'll be a budding style icon in no time.
He obviously looks picture-perfect when he’s onstage.
Even when he’s straining his voice and the vein in his neck is popping out? Yep, still fine.
He models outerwear splendidly.
And his hair stays perfect coiffed in the most frigid temperatures.
He even looks great covered in slime!
His red carpet style is sometimes boyishly casual.
But DAMN, he knows how to dress it up too.
Like the time he wore this baller leather jacket at the VMAs.
Seriously, Shawn, please wear leather more often.
Modeling is increasingly becoming a social industry, and he already has the fan support to back him.
He’s tall — just look at him next to Taylor Swift!
He even looks cute when he’s nerding out over “Harry Potter.”
He kills us when he goes for that “smoldering rock and roll” look.
Candid shots of him are perfect.
So basically, he’s going to make one hella fine model.