THE 2013 VMAN FORD MODEL SEARCH FINALISTS HAVE ARRIVED. MEET THE FACES WHO WILL BE FLOWN TO PARIS AND #SHOTBYKARL. THE WINNER WILL BE REVEALED IN VMAN 30, THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE OF VMAN
PLACE OF BIRTH: Raleigh, NC
CURRENT LOCATION: Raleigh, NC
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO FASHION, GOING INTO THE VMAN FORD MODEL SEARCH?
I wear clothes pretty often. I don't htink about what I wear too much. If I find something that vibes with the rest of what I own, I'll buy it. I base most of my clothing decisions on shoes, not sure why. I guess I look at my feet too much. I mostly wear jeans that I never wash.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE SEARCH?
I think I saw a link from somewhere like GQ and figured, why not? I felt like, if so many other guys can do this, why not me? It could be a great opportunity to travel and meet interesting people.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT MODELING SINCE BEING INTRODUCED TO THE FORD TEAM AS A FINALIST?
Time is an illusion. Things are so fast-paced and details are always just out of reach, but things work out in the end.
WHAT MAKES YOU AN IDEAL MODEL SEARCH WINNER?
My street smarts, sense of humor, and crooked smile?
WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE?
Oh gosh...I have a lot of hair? I have always been really athletic but I imagine most of these other guys are as well. I ran a 4:45 mile earlier this year and am part of a cycling team in Raleigh.
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS OUTSIDE OF MODELING?
I have a ton of things going on. I recently graduated from undergrad in Interaction Design. I want to build great interactive products that help people understand the world around them. I'm in grad school now on a fellowship for design and business. I'm pioneering a new program at my University. I speak German and I want to be a part of Berlin's start-up culture.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO KNOW YOU'RE ABOUT TO BE #SHOTBYKARL?
Definitely makes me a bit anxious! I've only heard good things. I'm going into this expecting it to be fun and definitely an experience not many people get to have.
DOES ANYTHING INTIMIDATE YOU ABOUT POSSIBLY GOING INTO THE FASHION INDUSTRY?
Absolutely! Why me?
WHAT WOULD WINNING THE 2013 VMAN FORD MODEL SEARCH MEAN TO YOU?
It would throw this awesome serendipitous opportunity into my life of exploring and meeting unique people. I think of it as a way to represent where I am from and the values that place has instilled in me. It would be like winning The Hunger Games, right?
For Eric's photos he submitted to enter the contest, click the slideshow above.
Stay tuned for more Model Search finalists to be announced this week on VMAN.COM!
Photos courtesy Ford Models