John Jannuzzi

Michael Lockley, The Man With the Golden Afro

John Jannuzzi
Michael Lockley, The Man With the Golden Afro

Photographs by Philip Gay

Find a high-fashion runway somewhere in a fancy European city and we’d bet our pants that you’d see Michael Lockley walking on top of it. He’s the fashion world’s favorite guy with an absolutely incredible head of hair — a trademark golden afro. When we asked him if he’d ever even consider changing it up, he was pretty clear: “No, because it’s my signature look for now.” (Yeah, we get that.) He does keep it healthy at all times, and that’s not hard to see — it almost glows. So radiant.

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Michael wears the Jetsetter Stretch Italian Wool Blazer in berry plaid, the Textured Italian Wool Crew Neck in navy, and the Jetsetter Stretch Dress Shirt in navy gingham

Obviously his hair is his calling card, but it takes more than good hair to be a model. It’s a rigorous travel schedule, long hours on set trying to nail the perfect shot, and very little rest. Lockley’s been shuffling around the world from shoot to shoot to fashion show since he was 16, but shows no signs of slowing down. He tells us that he’s still too early in his career for that anyway, and right now he’s more focused on getting things done and having fun with it. With a work ethic like that, and an afro to match, he’s got a bright future. A golden one, you might say.

Top: Michael wears the Wool Trench in brown, the Boucle Crew Neck Sweater in light grey, and the Jetsetter Stretch Dress Shirt in burgundy wright check