I’m naturally enthusiastic and ambitious, and no one can market themselves better than I can. I love being in front of the camera, and I love inspiring people to make healthy choices. The two go hand in hand. Modeling is a natural extension of my many interests.
So tell us about the XVII contest, what made you enter?
My partner suggested I enter the contest. I had made the decision 18 months prior to bulk up, gain some weight, and lift regularly. For me, lifting is a lot like meditation; it helps one find discipline. I was truly surprised when I learned that the folks at XVII had chosen me as one of their finalists. I’m a very competitive person, so once I was in, I brought everything I had. I tried to separate my ‘selfie’ from the crowd by posing in a suggestive setting (the bedroom). A family member suggested I use mirrors to give viewers a better “perspective”, and I did just that! Fans of XVII and my personal friends all got to like and share the photo for points. Probably the most important aspect of the contest was gaining the participation of local businesses and groups on Facebook. Without their help I never would have won.
Did you think you would be the winner?
Truly, I was very doubtful. The final round wasn’t based on ‘likes’ or Facebook ‘shares’, only the judgment of the people at XVII. Furthermore, each of the finalists had a very different look (and a lot of enthusiastic supporters!). When I got the phone call I was actually at work, and had spent the entire day on pins and needles waiting for them to call the contest. I still can’t believe I’ve won, but I’m running with the momentum of the victory.
What are your favorite underwear brands?
Aside from XVII (which are super comfy and supportive), I really like bright colors and interesting cuts. PPU have an awesome (and provocative) product. I love wearing Michael Kors or Versace to work; they make me feel a little more luxe throughout the day, and Michael Kors breathe really well. I can’t wait to receive my XVII swag package, though. They sent me $300.00 in product and I really can’t wait to try every pair.
Any brands you want to try?
Honestly, I don’t know if there are too many brands I haven’t tried. We’ve probably had 200 or 300 pairs of underwear in the last year. We love underwear in my household like a lot of people love bags or shoes.
Which brands would you love to model for?
I think my dream shoot would be for Givenchy or Tom Ford, but I really relate to the clean, modern aesthetics of Versace and the androgynous masculinity of Armani. Who knows– my future isn’t written yet; there’s a lot of work out there for me to earn.
What do you have planned for the future?
I’ve always got tricks up my sleeve. In the short term, I’m getting out to raise money for a few charity organizations, including the Apocalyptic Ball here in Denver, which raises money for HIV/AIDS prevention. Long term, I’m going to pursue my ambitious, tighten up my portfolio, and work hard to earn new clients. This win is really just the beginning of a much larger story.
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