Manhunt�s Gay Runner-up

11.30.2004

By Jeffrey Epstein

You mentioned in your bio that you didn't know how well your frat brothers from Texas A&M would deal with your being gay. Did they know before the show aired?
Some of them knew before. My good friends knew. But a lot of them didn't. I was home over the Thanksgiving holidays and got nothing but support. 'Yeah, we watch the show!' I think the people who would think something negative would just not talk to me at all.

How have gay people reacted to the show?
I'm so grateful for all the positive support I've gotten from the gay community. When I started, people told me the reaction was going to be very negative or very positive. Everything has been positive. I'm really thankful for that.

What has been your strangest fan encounter?
One of the stewardesses on the airline that I flew back to Dallas on was obsessed with the show and was freaking out. People in L.A. don't care about seeing someone from a reality show. They're pumping gas or waiting tables at your restaurant. The stewardess made such a big deal about it, it made me a little uncomfortable, but she was really sweet. She had a magazine I was in and asked me to sign it for her daughter. That was kind of surreal.

And you have some other things going on too, right?
I have a suit line I designed coming out late spring called Grandpa Goes to London. My business partner, Peter Max-Muller, was the stylist for Manhunt'I met him on the show and we hit it off. It's similar to Dries Van Noten, but it's going to be affordable so people don't have to spend $2,000 to get a nice suit.

Have you done any shoots yet?
I shot with Bruce Weber for the new Abercrombie magazine that's coming out in a few weeks. Hopefully, I don't get cut out'that's always a possibility. I was so excited to shoot with Bruce Weber'he's such a gentleman. I got to know him a little bit. He's such a legend. We did the shoot in Santa Barbara. It was five of the guys from the show. It was amazing to see how he works. He notices every little thing.

Are you still attending Pepperdine?
I am a student at Pepperdine, but I am not enrolled this semester. IMG has offered me a contract, so I'm going to New York this weekend, and I'll probably be there for six months or so this spring. I'll give it a shot. If it doesn't work out, I will have tried.

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