Here is what the 27-year-old model, who doubles as a math professor, had to share with the mag:
On going viral earlier this year: “I have different students each year and one of them usually finds out I do modelling on the side and so posts and fan pages can sometimes surface online. In this case, though, it happened overnight. It’s been absolutely crazy and a little bit strange.”
On helping shatter stereotypes of male models: “I think this is the reason there was interest, because of the stereotypes. Male models are assumed to have no brains. On the other hand then professors are viewed as old and, for lack of a better word, ugly. I guess that I do both has helped to somewhat change people’s perspective.”
On reactions from people in his academic world: “There have been mixed reactions. My colleagues are very amused by it and sometimes tease. Modeling has sometimes gotten in the way of my academic career, especially earlier on. I remember initially trying to hide it because I was afraid of condescension, but I’ve learned that modelling is part of who I am and I shouldn’t be ashamed of it, even in an academic environment.”
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