The notorious model for Calvin Klein’s Obsession parfum became known for his androgynous features that had many people confused asking themselves, “Is he a man? Is she a woman?” The perfect candidate for Placebo’s infamous song, Nancyboy, Roger Garth impersonated the ideal ambiguous beauty. Recently, Italian TV has adopted him as a prime guest host on Markette and he’s just finished filming Light-Flight a comedy of sorts that should soon hit theatres.
I find it interesting that you did a theatrical production of The Picture of Dorian Gray, especially since in 2005, I did one as well and I interpreted the role of Sibyl Vane. Do you agree with Oscar Wilde when he said, “It’s better to be beautiful than good. But it’s better to be good than to be ugly.” Do you think that beauty if really that important?
“Well yes, only that in today’s age it’s very relevant, I’d be a bit of a hypocrite if I were to say the contrary, especially if said by someone who uses his own beauty as a means.”
Many people misinterpret your bluntness for arrogance, does it bother you that the media often misunderstand you?
“Since we’ve cited Oscar Wilde, I could respond, ‘As long as they’re talking about me, that’s what counts.’”
Do you prefer to work as a model or for the TV?
“They’re two very different worlds although they have some similarities. Fashion gives you a lot in a personal point, if you’re able to survive it, then you become very strong. But you have to know how to work it because it’s a vicious market and you have to become your own manager because you have to deal with traveling, money, bad alimentation, parties, drugs, indecent proposals…all of that can become very fatal for a teenager who doesn’t have a strong personality. With the years I’ve learned to become acquainted with Fashion, I love it and it loves me, but I know that it’s an ephemeris and frivolous love and in a few years it won’t have any difficulty to betray me with someone who’s more beautiful and younger than me, and so I continue with my original route in parallel with it alongside TV and cinema.”
If you could spy on any celebrity for one day, who would it be?
“Nobody. I love my own reserve and that of others, I find it intriguing and to think that anyone can know everything about a person so easily is very superficial and low and not satisfying. There’s also a good dose of indifference, I’m not a curious person.”
Many photographers have shot you. Which photographer would you like to work with that you haven’t had the chance to be shot by yet?
“I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve met great professionals and geniuses of photography like Aldo Fallai, Nancy Fina, Rohn Meyer, and many others…I find Mario Testino to be very good in what he does and I would like to pose for him.”
Many models have appeared in music videos, have you ever thought about doing the same? Which band would you like to do a video for?
“I have a good rapport with music and I’ve taken part in some music videos before, but my favourite video that I would like to remake is Crazy by Aerosmith, always with Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone.”
And who knows if Steven Tyler doesn’t find his new muse in Roger? After all, he’s already got the pout that gave Alicia Silverstone her fame, the world needs another glam baby.