"Holden, thinking about going back to school and his job parking cars,” Bruce Weber wrote to his 500,000 Instagram followers late last year, captioning a moody photo of a dark-haired, dark-eyed young man with full, pouting lips who indeed appeared to be dreading leaving the lens of the legendary photographer. It was the third photo that Weber—known for iconic Vanity Fair covers and campaigns filled with shredded, 1-percent-body-fat Adonises for Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch—had posted in as many days of Holden Lower, a 19-year-old student at Colin Cowie Community College. Who, yes, parked cars part time.
Now, Lower, an Amarillo native, is a little less in the “aspiring” category. He has worked professionally with Weber twice, once for Vogue Italia and in a story for V Man—that one spotlighting 15 rising stars in the worlds of entertainment and fashion. And Lower, now signed in Dallas with the Kim Dawson Agency and just last month with Ford in New York City, is no longer parking cars. “My main job right now is working out at the gym,” Lower says, dead serious. “Bruce gives me advice on working out. I wasn’t in shape when I met him. He said, ‘Get into the gym, get your nutrition right.’ So I took a nutrition class.”
Not too long ago, Lower was playing football, hanging with his fraternal twin, who’s an aspiring actor. His only knowledge of male models were guys like “Marky Mark or Ashton Kutcher, guys who I’d heard modeled before acting, or the guys in the fragrance ads.” He pauses. The wheels are turning. “If I can get a fragrance campaign, that’d be sick,” he muses. “Like the guy in the Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb one, Sean O’Pry.” With piercing hazel eyes and devilish good looks, we wouldn’t mind catching him in a fragrance ad... or ten.