Interview: Todd Sanfield
Interview: Todd Sanfield by David Atlanta
Model. Designer. Doctoral candidate?
Yes, Todd Sanfield is all of these things. On top of a modeling career that’s led him to land the covers of magazines such as DNA and Têtu, Sanfield is branching out.
Among his recent creative outputs, there’s his burgeoning underwear line, the Todd Sanfield Collection, which he designs himself. There’s also his just-released coffee table book, Motel/Hotel, which promises to show more of Sanfield than he’s previously shown. But Sanfield is more than just a pretty face (and ridiculously hot body). The Michigan native is also a doctoral candidate, currently working on becoming a Doctor of Pharmacy.
In the middle of a very busy schedule, Sanfield took the time to talk with David about his line, his new book, modeling, and more.
How did you get your start in modeling?
My mom talked me into it when I was younger. We set up a shoot in Detroit and it kept progressing from there.
Are there any particular shoots you’ve done that stand out as favorites?
There are a few that stand out, but the Motel/Hotel shoot is what’s on my mind at this time. It is still very fresh. The reaction to the book has been incredible. This is all I have been thinking about.
Have you ever been approached in public by fans of yours?
I have, but not as much as you would think. People seem to be savvier in NYC; this is where I get approached the most.
How do you stay in shape?
I try to eat as healthy as possible and work out five to six days a week. The key for me is to eat lots of natural food and get a good sweat while lifting weights. And, cardio for 20 to 30 min a day is a must.
What do you think is your best feature?
Probably my butt. I have been told it is the best butt in the game, but you guys can be the judge of that.
Is there a limit to how much skin you’ll show?
Buy the book; there are no limits within! All you will see is skin!
What was the inspiration behind Motel/Hotel?
The photographer, Kevin McDermott and I talked about doing a shoot. He came out to Detroit while I was spending the summer there last year. We started shooting as soon as he arrived and kept going for two days. I was inspired to take the best pictures possible. When you do something you love you try to do it the best way possible. That is Motel/Hotel. We never planned this, it just happened.
Your previous photo shoots are already pretty sexual in nature. How does this book compare to those previous shoots?
Again, you have to buy the book. I can guarantee that it will blow your minds.
What was your inspiration behind creating The Todd Sanfield Collection?
I have always had a creative side; along with my creativity I have been very athletic. I felt underwear went well with my personality and allowed me to express my creativity the best possible way.
How involved are you in the creation of items in the line?
I am completely involved at this point. In the beginning phase I have to be the only one.
What makes The Todd Sanfield Collection stand out in the underwear market?
We are going for the highest quality product with the best fit. This is by the far the most important characteristic a line should have.
What is your favorite piece from the Collection?
Well, the range is small currently, having only briefs and boxer briefs. My favorite pieces are the red and pink boxer briefs. Those colors look the best on me; this is why I have them in our collection.
There are two pieces of information about yourself that you never divulge: your age and your sexual orientation. Why do you choose not to divulge either piece of information?
It is the simple fact that everybody wants to know. Those are two very basic, irrelevant questions in my life that seem to be a big deal to everyone else. This is why, haha.
In addition to being a model and a designer, you’re studying Pharmacology. How is that going? How do you balance everything?
Yes, Doctor of Pharmacy, PharmD. I just finished my second year and have two more to go. I do enjoy this, but not always the amount of time that has to be put into it. The first two years they pile on the material, they saturate you with it to the point that you don’t even know if you are learning anything. The next two years should be a lot better; you actually practice what they have been preaching in a clinical setting. I don’t know how I balance it; there is no other option but to balance it.
Todd Sanfield’s underwear line, The Todd Sanfield Collection, is available exclusively online at toddsanfieldunderwear.com. His book, Motel/Hotel, is available for purchase online at motelhotelbook.com.