Meet The Homeless Hottie Gigi Hadid And Kendall Jenner Turned Into A Model

Sometimes the best models can be found in the most unsurprising of places, like 20-year-old Milwaukee-native John Economou who was discovered by Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner while they were shooting a commercial on Venice Beach in LA. 

After moving to the West Coast when he was 19 in order to pursue his dream of becoming a top model, Economou all he had was a small backpack, two outfits and a thin tarp to protect him from the elements.  Obviously meeting Kendall and Gigi wasn’t just a highlight of his day, but perhaps the most significant moment of his life.


“I was just chilling on the beach and watching the water, minding my own business and then I see these people come over,” said Economou in an interview with The Mail Online. 
“They sat pretty close but not too close and they started having a picnic…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 realise who I was speaking to at first and it finally clicked who it was – it was Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, actor Ansel Elgort, and Kendall’s manager, Ashleah Gonzalez.”

“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 (referring to his previous modelling work which includes catalogues and local TV commercials), and how I came here to follow my dream and try 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.”


Even though he’s like, a real model now, for some reason Economou still chooses to live on the streets, although for obvious reasons he’d prefer to call himself a “traveller” than a homeless hippie. Time will tell if he can make it as a top model, but thanks to Kendall and Gigi, at least he’s one step closer to his dreams.

All photos via Two Management.  

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