"It's an accolade to be a female supermodel or to be a female model," Gandy told "Nightline" in a May interview. "They get paid an incredible amount of money, and they get a lot of coverage and people know their names and guys never did that. They did well but they never said they were models."
Gandy, half jokingly, credited actor Ben Stiller's title character in the movie "Zoolander" for putting a hilarious spin on the male model. In the movie, Stiller plays Derek Zoolander, a dim-witted, vain, self-centered male model in a comedy that zeroed in on every cliche and stereotype of the male modeling world.
Gandy said modeling was difficult for him at first. He started off doing catalog shoots at a time when even male models were expected to be ultra-thin and look almost feminine.
"I came into the industry with the Dior guy -- very androgynous, skinny guys were the moneymakers in the industry," he told "Nightline." "I didn't follow the crowd. I didn't follow the trends. I bucked the trends. Everyone was saying, 'You need to be skinny, you need to be skinny.' Your legs need to be thinner, and I am not a skinny guy."
Gandy is arguably one of the most successful male models ever, but he was a bit modest about that "supermodel" title.
"I would sort of just rather be called at the top of the game," Gandy said.
ABC News' Ely Brown contributed to this report