Name: Matthew Burke
Hometown: Milford, CT, USA
Agency: Hello Models NYC
1. How did you get into modeling?
I went into NYC with my sister and her boyfriend one day when I was about 9 or 10 years old & we had stopped to get dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Mars 2112. I’d gotten up to go to the bathroom when a woman approached my then 16-year old sister and asked if I was her son! She laughed it off and handed her a business card, saying that I should get photos taken and submit them through email to her directly. Turns out she was the (then) VP of Ralph Lauren! I’ve always used that as a foundation for my modeling career whenever I feel unmotivated or subpar to remind myself that I’ve technically had experience & interest in the industry since I was a kid.
2. What are you doing if you are not modeling?
If I’m not sleeping or working out, I’m probably studying to receive my bachelor’s degree in Media & Communications with a Political Studies minor. The beach is only a short walk away when I’m home so I also love going there, especially with my two golden retrievers Sandy & Shelly.
3. The most spontaneous/difficult/strange thing you’ve ever done?
DEFINITELY when I went shark cage diving in Rhode Island a few summers ago. We only saw three sharks that day but being close enough to touch them was one of the scariest and most thrilling things I’ve ever done.
4. What do you love on Social Media? – What do you hate on Social Media?
I love the platform it provides to be able to promote your brand to countless people over the world. It for sure makes it much easier to network and do well in the entertainment industry if you have a strong social media presence. I think it’s something that many public figures & influencers take for granted; social media has grown and developed so drastically in the last decade that it makes it difficult to imagine life beforehand. So, in regards to what I hate about social media, I would say that I dislike when individuals use their platform in an immoral/distasteful manner for the sole purpose of self-serving their own interests.
5. Describe your personal style – Favorite Brands/Fragrance?!
I love stores like Zara, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, and H&M. I’ve been big on thrifting and shopping online recently as well, from sites like Topman, Zaful, Boohoo, Shein and Fashion Nova. I like wearing Zara Silver cologne when going out and Polo Blue when I want to class things up a bit.
6. Describe yourself in 3 words:
Not your average.
7. Where are your roots – The best thing about/to do in your hometown?
I live right between Fairfield and New Haven (best pizza, sorry NYC) on Long Island Sound in a city called Milford. Being on the coast, the beach has always been a huge part of my life; some of my best memories have been made there with friends, family and myself. There’s a bunch of places to go cliff jumping in the area as well, something my friends and I love doing in the summer. The nightlife back home is really fun, the bars and clubs in the bigger cities are always a good time & NYC’s only about an hour and a half train ride as a last resort.
8. Name one celebrity you’d like to get naughty with!
Hahaha, Trey Songz!
9. Do you have any special Talents?
I’ve been playing tennis since I was 8 years old and was given the opportunity to continue my career in college. I’m no pro or anything but if y’all need lessons hit a boy UP.
10. What is the most interesting thing online at the moment?
For me personally the world’s political climate, particularly in Brazil.
Photo Credits: Georgio Richy