Monday, February 4, 2013
11th-ranked male model in the world ditches photo shoots for football at SMU
He's passing up a six-figure income to play college ball.
Myles Crosby, a 6-3, 205-pound Colleyville Heritage senior replete with high cheekbones, a chiseled jawline, and a head of neatly slicked light brown hair, burst onto the modeling scene last year.
At 17, he became one of the youngest stars in the industry and posed in Calvin Klein ads for jeans, underwear, and the Euphoria fragrance. He has graced the pages of Esquire, GQ, and Vanity Fair, to name only a few.
But a lucrative and glamorous modeling lifestyle isn’t Crosby’s dream.
He’s putting modeling — and the money and fame that’s come with it – on hold to focus on college football. Crosby, 18, will sign a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play football for SMU.
“I’m told I’m so stupid by every single person,” Crosby said. “That every single person in my shoes should drop out of school now and go make the money.”
But football has always come first for Crosby, who even skipped a fashion show in Milan last year so as not to miss a game.
Crosby is the 11th-ranked male model in the world, according to Models.com. If he entered modeling full time right now, Gerald Frankowski, the director of the men’s division at the Kim Dawson Agency, said the young star would “easily” be earning a six-figure income.
For now, though, Crosby is focused on football and school. He plans to major in film and is interested in directing after he graduates.
“I have a passion for football and I want an education,” Crosby said. “This modeling crap could only last another year and then I’d have no education and never get to play football. I’d regret it for the rest of my life.”
Crosby amassed 108 tackles, 13 pass breakups, and two forced fumbles last season – not the sort of numbers one might expect from an athlete who moonlights as a model.
“The stereotypical model is a lot softer than I am,” Crosby said with a laugh.
Crosby said he’d consider modeling again after college to make some extra money, and Frankowski said male models can continue working well into their 20s and 30s.