Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s Son Is Breaking Into The Modeling Industry

    Get to know Dylan Jagger Lee

    by · May 10, 2016

    Photographed by Daria Kobayashi Ritch. Shirt by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane.

    The following feature appears in the May 2016 issue of NYLON.

    One might assume the son of Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and Baywatch siren Pamela Anderson would turn out to be a wild child, keen on getting his ya-yas out in the aftermath of his 18th birthday. But, surprisingly, Dylan Jagger Lee is basically the antithesis of everything he’s supposed to be. “I’m probably just going to bed,” says Lee, stretching his arms out to the golden sun of a waning Venice Beach day and embellishing a yawn as he projects his plans for the rest of the evening.

    Indeed, Lee is great at the opposite game when it comes to his famous parents. The newly minted model and Saint Laurent muse plays guitar, sure—you can even spot him strumming away in his inaugural campaign, a teaser video for the brand’s recent fashion show-slash-rock festival at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles—but his style is a far cry from his father’s hair-metal chaos. “I make relaxed acoustic music,” says Lee, who is never without a notebook to jot down lyrics. “Just nice, soothing stuff. If I could pick anybody [for comparison], it’s a James Bay, Ed Sheeran kind of sound.”

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    Photographed by Daria Kobayashia Ritch. Shirt and jeans by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, Stylist’s own T-shirt.

    Typically parents are yelling at their kids to turn it down, but Lee might be one of the few young guitarists in history whose dad would tell him to crank it up. Lee laughs at the suggestion. “Mötley Crüe has been my lullabies since I was one year old,” he recalls. “It’s pretty funny. I used to fall asleep to the loudest music in the world. I’d just be at the concert at the soundboard like [feigns peaceful slumber]. So from now on, when one of their songs plays, I’m just like, ‘Maybe I should go to sleep.’”

    In Lee’s Saint Laurent video footage, he also tosses around a surfboard like a pro. “Surfing has played one of the biggest roles in my life,” he explains. “I use it as a way to get away from everything and just be on my own. Out there, there’s nothing to worry about and no one’s up in your face.” But, while he may be a bit of a beach bum, don’t expect Lee to school you on the adventures of Mitch Buchannon and C.J. Parker. “Honestly, the show Baywatch? I’ve never even seen one episode,” he says with a laugh. “One time we were in Europe somewhere, and they were still running the show. My mom was like, ‘What? I didn’t even know that they still did this.’ And I was like, ‘You know what? I’ve never watched it, and I’m going to keep it that way.’”

    With his charming schoolboy looks—led by his dimpled chin and tousled locks—it seems improbable that Lee has managed to stay out of the spotlight, or worse, the tabloids, but this NYLON feature is indeed his first major photo shoot and interview. “I went to boarding school for five years,” he says of attending the tiny Shawnigan Lake School in remote British Columbia, Canada. “It’s in the middle of a forest—it totally looks like Hogwarts. My mom did that. When I left, I was kicking and screaming. I hid from her for three hours before my plane ride. Now I think it was so good for me to get out of L.A., because you can get lost. A lot of my friends have really successful parents, and they think they can bank on that for the rest of their lives, which they can’t. They’re like, ‘I don’t have to go to school.’ I ask them, ‘What do you do?’ and they’re like, ‘Uh…surf?’ You’ve got to step your game up.”

    Photographed by Daria Kobayashi Ritch. Sweater and shirt by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, Stylist’s own T-shirt.

    Now, he’s back and mature enough to take on the industry. After his friend and professional skater Ben Nordberg hooked Lee up with NEXT Los Angeles model management (his brother Brandon is also represented by NEXT L.A.), Lee is well on his way to following in the footsteps of his talented parents. “I mean, they laugh [about it] to be honest with you,” he says. “My dad, since I really like music, he likes that. My mom’s always been in the fashion-acting [world], and she thinks it’s so funny that it’s starting to happen to me.”

    Does she have any advice for her son as he steps into the treacherous waters of fame? Sure, says Lee: “She just says, ‘Don’t go out there and hustle everyone. If it happens, it happens.’”

    Stylist: Sean Knight. Grooming: Anna Bernabe at Art Department for Davines and 111skin.

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