Along with being super-cool BFFs, world-renowned models and the spawn of equally important parents, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner can now call themselves fashion fairy godmothers, too.
Meet 20-year-old John Economou. Homeless and sleeping on Venice Beach, John could hardly believe his luck when Gigi and Kendall approached him – and what came next will shock you all.
“I was minding my own business and then I see these people come over,” Mr Economou told the Daily Mail.
“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.]”
Indeed, the girls were working on their own commercial at the time, but this is where things took a turn…
“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.”
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Erm, understatment of the year?!
Now, John is working steadily with his new agency.
He added: “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.”
And with the likes of Gigi and Kendall behind him, we’re pretty certain he will.
Watch this space.