Dustin Lance Black is the latest celebrity—and we use the term loosely—to garner the attention of a modeling agency. The 42-year-old Oscar-winning screenwriter behind the biopic Milk is the latest to join Wilhelmina's ever expanding Celebrity Division (he'll supplant Nicki Minaj as the board's most recent addition).
He joins a roster that also includes Shawn Mendes, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato and Leona Lewis. Black, however, obviously stands out from those names for being best known for his work behind the camera. After toiling in the writing room of Big Love for a few years, Black's breakthrough came for his award winning work on the script for Gus Van Zant's 2008 biopic of LGBT rights crusader Harvey Milk. Since then he directed the film Virginia, wrote the play 8 (based on the battle over California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8), and mostly recently produced, wrote and directed ABC's LGBTQ activist miniseries When We Rise.
Though, unusual for a screenwriter, he's managed to become a star in his own right. Few winners of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay have appeared shirtless in a Vogue Hommes International feature. He's also appeared on the cover of magazines like Out, The Advocate and Attitude. Of course, his relationship with young British Olympic diver Tom Daley hasn't hurt his profile either.
"In a time when too many are using our differences to divide us, I want to help lift our differences up as what make us magnificent, what make us powerful," said Black in a statement. "Fashion has the potential to help our individuality roar, and right now, we must use every tool in our arsenal to amplify that roar."
Black's addition to Wilhelmina doesn't mean he'll be hitting up casting calls with his book or walking the runways anytime soon, though. The Celebrity Division specializes in securing editorial opportunities and potential fashion campaigns for its clients. It's something like a matchmaker between celebs with chiseled cheekbones and the VIP-hungry fashion world.
While having a famous last name thanks to your parents may be the easiest way right now to get a modeling agency's attention, having a famous name of your own making isn't necessarily a detriment either.
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