WE HAVE KNOWN THE FUNCTION OF BUTLERS FOR AS LONG AS WE CAN CALL OURSELVES A SOCIETY. BUT IT WASN’T REALLY UNTILL THE VICTORIAN ERA IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THAT THE BUTLER TRANSFORMED IN HOW WE KNOW HIM BEST: HEAD OF A HOUSEHOLD WITH ONLY ONE OBJECTIVE: TO SERVE AS BEST AS HE COULD. IT WAS AN HONORABLE JOB AND WELL PAID.
Serving can be done in many different ways? Take Paul Reiffer for example. This young photographer started his brilliant career as model himself, picked away straight from his previous IT desk job. And having that modeling experience, he knows as no one else how to serve us with some very tasteful photographs. For example these ones, featuring Stephen Box. Now you probably already know Paul Reiffer, but Steve is pretty new in the field. So let’s get to know him a bit better, shall we.
Stephen, can you tell us more about yourself. Where are you from, personal life, etc.
Stephen: Sure. So I am 22, I am a Leo born in the city of Bath, currently live in Wiltshire. Last year I graduated from the University of Bath, studied there for 3 years. Enjoy going out with my friends love going clubbing. I am a Professional volleyball coach but whenever I'm not working, I really enjoy going to the gym and playing sport then after to cook a big healthy meal and chill out watching a movie.
Professional volleyball coach. How does one select a career like that?
Stephen: Well I have been playing volleyball for the last 10 years, I have had GB beach volleyball trials and am a qualified coach. I graduated at the University of Bath in sport performance and I was offered the post there to coach.
Besides sports you also model. You started modeling about one year ago. How did you enter this career path?
Stephen: I suppose it started when I was in New York and was asked if I would become a store model in A&F, but it was only until last year I started to push it by getting shoots with photographers and joining modelling agencies.
Tell us about your work with Lick Underwear.
Stephen: This is something that has happened quite recently, Lick Clothing are putting on huge fashion shows touring the UK starting in Bristol finishing in London. Also I will be modelling in there up and coming photo shoots. One of the mis already done with Paul Reiffer, which was a great experience. But if you want to come see me on the runway check out there website to see the show dates near you and to get tickets.
You also have an other activity that keeps you busy. You are a butler in the buff. What can you tell us about this job?
Stephen: I started this job about 4 months ago, I really love it, its such good fun, basically I go to parties for a couple of hours serve drinks, serve food, play games and entertain.
It must be a strange experience to serve butt naked. How did you arrive to do this and how do you like it?
Stephen: It’s not completely naked but it’s close, I wear a white collar and cuffs with a bow-tie (very classy) and have to wear a black apron at the front to cover certain things up. I was told about the job by a friend and thought why not, looks like it could be fun and have the chance to meet some very interesting people and go to some wicked parties.
Attending parties must put you in some awkward situations sometimes. Do you get – well, let’s say indecent proposals? If so how do you deal with this. More over, how far do you go with serving?
Stephen: Well I don't like to take myself to seriously so I normally just throw them off with a joke. Every job is so very different and have got some great stories from them, I think in every job something really funny can happen or maybe it’s just my luck. One of my most awkward moments was when before I was about to get changed, a massage table was brought in, and I was thinking “this isn't quite what I do, think you may have got the wrong idea” but a few minutes later a professional beauty therapist walked in, so I was saved the embarrassment of telling the client thats not what I do-ha ha.
Let’s get a bit more personal Stephen:
Stephen: Yea I have two giant rabbits bit random but they are pretty funny.
Relationship or single and looking?
Stephen: Yes I am single, never like to look, just like to go with the flow and see what happens otherwise you never know what you might miss out on.
We sort of know what you wear at work. What do you like to wear when you are comfortable at home?
Stephen: When i'm around the house I just wear a pair of sweat pants I dont like to dirty T-shirts so most of the time I don't bother with one.
Favorite pastime when you are not serving – as butler or volleyball coach?
Stephen: Would have to be going out with friends to the cinema or going out for food, either Nandoes or sushi are my favorites. –BM-
Underwear by Lick Underwear.
Photography by Paul Reiffer.
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