Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher
When the British singer Mr George Michael cast the video for his song "Freedom! '90", the era's iconic supermodels were chosen as its stars: Mses Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford all featured, while Mr John Pearson was one of the male models. Twenty-two years later he lives in LA, where he's making a name for himself as a film producer, with his wife and three children, two of whom, Cooper, 15, and Elliott, 13, appear in our shoot.
Mr Pearson remains in demand as a model, and this summer was back on the runways of Milan appearing in Prada's SS13 fashion show. It's not bad for a man who last year told MR PORTER that "there honestly are better-looking guys than me, and better-built guys than me, but it was about having a great day. If you have a good day and create a good moment it will show in the picture."
There honestly are better-looking guys than me, but modelling is about having a great day. If you create a good moment it will show in the pictures
It was this quality that the late, but legendary, photographer Mr "Herb" Ritts was talking about when he described Mr Pearson as "a natural who needs no guidance or direction". Mr Pearson's career has taken him a long way from the English city of Sheffield, where he was born in 1966, and these days he makes the most of his Pacific Coast location by watching the sun go down at Point Dume beach, driving through Malibu Canyon, and eating fresh fish at the Reel Inn restaurant. Between the fashion assignments and the beach scene, his lifestyle informs the way he dresses - Mr Pearson told us last year, when he joined MR PORTER's Style Council, that he's as wedded to his Levi's Vintage jeans as he is to his John Lobb shoes.