Coffee and Eyedrops – A Conversation with David Miller / by Alexander Jaime


Photo: Jesse Untracht-Oakner

An evening this past February we caught up with South African legendary model and muse to Karl Lagerfeld, David Miller. The man who through out his career has been featured on the pages of French and Italian Vogue, GQ, InStyle, Glamour, Men’s Health, Elle, Esquire, Visionaire, The Perfect Man and campaigns for Tiffany& Co., Giorgio Armani, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Tous, Patek Philippe, Lacoste and J.Crew to name a few. He shares with us his favorite body part (it's not what you think) and lets us in on what makes the perfect man.

What's your first thought when you wake up?


How do you take care of your body?

I exercise and eat correctly.

How do you deal with tiredness?

Coffee & Eyedrops. 

What's your favorite sport?

I really love Mixed Martial Arts.

How can we get the David Miller physique?

I would have to say eat correctly and work out but it’s also important to have a cheat day where you can eat what every you want.

Gym or personal trainer?


A detox drink?

Don’t have one.

How do you keep yourself motivated during a workout?

I listen to music at the gym and when I do Muay Thai I get lost in class.

Do you follow an eating plan to keep your energy up?

I try eat 3 meals a day but it can sometimes be very hard with my traveling schedule. 

What’s on your iPhone for workout music at the moment?

I don’t have a list, but I love hip-hop, It always get me going.

What do you wear to workout?

Sweat pants and T-shirt.

What's your favorite body part?

My nose. 

And your least favorite?

Don’t have one. 




Boxers or briefs?

Depends on the situation.

Trunks or Speedos?

Trunks, but not too long. 

As a model, how do you make yourself comfortable in front of the camera?

Just by being myself.

As a photographer, whats the biggest difference between being in front of the camera and behind it?

I feel when you are in front of the camera there is a lot less things to worry about. But when I’m taking pictures there are more responsibilities on my shoulders such as the light, focus, and the model.

When shooting a recently new model girl or guy what do you look for?

Someone who is comfortable in front of the camera and easy to direct. 

What are some of your favorite moments of your modeling career?

This is a tough one, there is no way I can pick a favorite moment. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to work with amazing people and going to breathtaking places. One day you could be shooting in London and the next you off to Paris or Barcelona. I feel very fortunate and lucky. 

What makes a perfect man?

Somebody that is confident and comfortable in their own skin.

A fragrance?

Tous Man Intense. 

Three products you can't live without?

Fragrance, Lip balm and face lotion. 

Where do you go to switch off?

The Gym. 

The Perfect Man is somebody that is confident and comfortable in their own skin.
— David Miller

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