Hailing from the Deep South, this Georgia peach has been heating up the fashion world with his smoldering looks and easy charm. Now residing in New York City, this former athlete has been shot by photographers Bruce Weber, Rick Day, and Al Bruni in addition to appearing on the cover of V Man and Italian Vogue.

Tell us about your childhood growing up in Georgia.

I love that I grew up in Georgia. I grew up in a small town and I lived on a lot of land, close to family. I rode four-wheelers, dirt bikes, and stuff like that. I was always playing sports such as baseball, basketball, and football. My childhood was awesome. 

How were you discovered?

People kept telling me I should model, so I thought I should give it a shot. I sent a few good photos I had to agencies in Atlanta, and one agency contacted me. I met with that agency, and they wanted me to sign with them. 

How have your family and friends responded to your new career?

My friends love it—they are happy for me. My family supports me and are always very happy for me. I have wonderful family and friends. 

Tell us about adjusting to life in New York City.

It’s a lot different from home, but I love it. New York is full of so many different people from everywhere, and there are so many cool things you can do here. That’s why I’m glad I grew up in Georgia and then was able to live here now that I’m older. It’s such a great experience, and it teaches you a lot. 

You recently shot with Bruce Weber. Were you cognizant of who he was and his legacy?

I had heard of him but I didn’t know who he really was until I started modeling. The next thing you know, I get to shoot with him. Bruce is awesome, and so is his team. The shoots are such a great time.

What do you hope to get out of your career?

I just hope that I am able to live here for a while, travel a little bit, meet some new friends, then move home, get married, and have some kids of my own. 

What’s currently on your radar?

I just want to enjoy the experience living here and make some money and travel. 

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

That I’m really good with kids.

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