The following is from the July 11, 2008, edition of The Dallas Morning News. Chaise Mooty is an SMU student.
By JASON SHEELER
The Dallas Morning News
Back in 2004, Texarkana High School senior Chaise Mooty won the Fashion!Dallas/Kim Dawson Model Search. A few months later, he was in an Abercrombie & Fitch ad plastered across a building in New York – and, no doubt, more than a few teenagers' bedrooms.
Four years later, the Southern Methodist University junior has appeared in ads for Benetton and Guess as well as showing up in the pages of Details, GQ and L'Uomo Vogue. The finance major is now spending the summer working in New York, and we caught up with him before he took off for the Adirondacks to shoot a campaign for American Eagle Outfitters.
What has been the highlight of your career?
The Guess campaign was the most prestigious, but Abercrombie was the most visible, for sure. It set me up for everything, gave me a boost, and made me visible to a lot of people. Working with Bruce Weber [the photographer who shot Abercrombie & Fitch ads] threw me into the mix really fast.
How did it feel to be pictured in an ad spanning the side of a building?
When I saw it, I was kind of laughing. I couldn't believe it.
Any advice to guys entering the search?
I would tell them to go ahead and do it, whether you think you'll win or not. I had no intentions to model; I hadn't even thought about it. My mom entered me. For guys, it's not as glamorous as it is for the girls. But you make good money. And the guys can sometimes have a longer career than the girls. I know guys who model well into their 30s. We have the longevity.
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