Philip Pip is incredibly cool.
The 54-year-old isn’t your average older gentleman. When he was 50 he became a model.
Tatted up and rocking a hipster beard, Philip, from Huddersfield, was headhunted for his looks.
The teacher, who works with young people on the Prince’s Trust Program, was approached by two university fashion students.
They wanted to create a magazine aimed at middle-aged gentlemen who are into fashion.
And Philip, who goes by Pip The Gentleman, fit the bill.
‘I have been modelling for five years,’ Philip tells Metro.co.uk. ‘Just before my 50th I was approached by two students from the University of Huddersfield and asked to model for their project.
‘I agreed reluctantly and it took off following me posting the images on Facebook.
‘I was approached by an agency, PurplePort, in London.
‘They saw the images and I agreed to sign for them. I have always been relaxed about it and as it’s not my main income so I do not worry about getting work.
‘I see it as an opportunity to have fun, be creative and earn some spending money.’
Philip tells us there aren’t many in his age group in the modelling industry but he has managed to find some pals.
When he tells his students about his moonlighting career, they are suitably impressed.
‘When my students find out I am a model they love it and think it’s pretty cool having a teacher who models,’ he says. ‘It’s a good ice breaker. My family and friends are proud of my work too.
‘Everyone says I am a gentleman and that’s how I got the name.
‘I dress dapper and this image is why I was asked to model.
‘I look after myself physically and mentally. I do this by walking my dogs, cycling and going to the gym. I try to eat healthily but do however like my real ale.’
Philip has been involved in various shoots and cites The Red String of Fate project by photographer Nick Walton as one of his favourites.
Understandably people have been thirsting over Philip’s images on social media.
But sorry folks, Philip is happily married to wife of 20 years, Alison, and has two children.
That’s always the way, isn’t it?
Here are some more glorious pictures of Pip The Gentleman:
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