A British male model is under fire on social media and is being compared to a fictitious character in the movie “Zoolander” for saying he takes style inspiration from the homeless.
Scruffy, heavily tattooed model Ricki Hall, 28, is known for being featured in ad campaigns for Diesel and Lyle & Scott and also for dating Kelly Osbourne. Now he’s famous for the insensitive remarks he made in an interview in this weekend’s The Sunday Times.
In the interview, Hall said he uses the time doing his morning run “to think about my day, maybe my next fashion statement.” He then said:
“I take style tips from everything, even kids and homeless people. They can put anything together and it just works.”
The comment went viral on Twitter, and Hall was mocked for being a real-life version of the fictitious fashion mogul character Jacobim Mugatu in the male model movie spoof “Zoolander.” In the film, Mugatu, played by Will Ferrell, creates a fashion line called Derelicte, which he says is “a fashion, a way of life inspired by the very homeless, the vagrants, the crack whores that make this wonderful city so unique.”
That clothing line in “Zoolander” is a parody of designer John Galliano’s line, who, in 2000, made a haute couture collection inspired by the clothing worn by the destitute. Models at Galliano’s show were covered in newspapers and had tin cups hanging from their asses.
The interview in The Sunday Times was supposed to be about a day in the life of Hall. But instead, Hall’s comment about his style inspiration drew heavy criticism and mockery on Twitter.
Twitter user Declan Smith said:
“I used to want an end to homelessness but, if that happened, where would #RickiHall get his style tips from?”
Beyond Food said:
“:#Homelessness isn’t an ‘aesthetic. . . .It’s a devastating crisis that shouldn’t happen to anyone.”
Hall took to his Twitter to defend himself, tweeting:
“Haha I’ve been misquoted a few times in the Sunday Times interview. It happens dude.”
Hall’s explanation fails to say in what ways he was misquoted, leaving many to point out that the model wouldn’t even apologize for his callous remarks.