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It started as a semi-normal afternoon on Venice Beach: Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid were shooting a commercial. John Economou, an attractive, homeless 20-year-old, was nearby, just chilling and watching the water, he tells Daily Mail. “I was minding my own business and then I see these people come over.”


Those people? Forbes’ 16th highest paid model Kendall Jenner and her genetically blessed pal, Gigi Hadid. And this is the unbelievable story of what went down:

They looked all presentable and good looking. I saw bodyguards at the corner. I thought they were police at first and I thought ‘What are they doing?’. Then I saw seagulls swarming around the girls because they brought the food out, and I started walking over there to shoo them away. One of the girls said to me, ‘You’re cute,’ so I turned around and we struck up conversation. I didn’t realize who I was speaking to at first and it finally clicked who it was: [Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Ansel Elgort, and Kendall’s manager, Ashleah Gonzales.]

We were just talking and they said I should take up modeling here in LA. I told them my story, I told them how I was a model back home [in Milwaukee] and how I came here to follow my dream and try and get an agency, how I’m living the hippie life, living out on the beach crashing on the sand right now. They said they could help me out and get me an agency and they got me with Two Management, the agency I signed with. Kendall was cool, she was super down to earth and chill. We were just having a normal conversation talking about life, acting, modeling, personal lives. It’s a crazy story. I’m super grateful. I was just in the right place at the right time.

Indeed. John is now working with that agency. He’s also still sleeping on the beach…but steadily working! “I want to be the top–I want to be top of the top with Kendall, with Justin Bieber with those kind of people. I’m confident in myself if I can get there,” he says.


And so the spirit of America’s Next Top Model lives on.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US