IN CONVERSATION|ILIR SHANJA
Hometown|Queens, New York
How did you get discovered?
Waiting for train to school and my agent, George Brown stopped me, spoke to me and gave me his card
What were you doing prior to modeling?
Full time student, life guarding during the summers
People would be surprised to know that I...
can dunk a basketball!
What's your latest obsession?
Managing my close friend's rap career
Your most prize possession?
A picture of me and my sisters when we were younger on Broadway, reminds me when things were more simple
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
My father, is the hardest working man I know...
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
To my girlfriend, last night...
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Friendly, Determined and Empathetic
Describe your personal style:
As casual as it can get...I am a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Yankee Stadium is my favorite place I have ever been to
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
A Bronx Tale—Scene: When Sonny was accusing Calogero of messing his car up
Your favorite sport:
Player: Derek Jeter
If there's a destination or item you would recommend us to check out or visit about your native country/city or town, what would you recommend?
Queens, New York—Atlas Park, it's the nicest place in my hood!
If you were given a indie cable show, which song would you choose as your opening theme song?
The craziest things I do and talk about with my friends in Queens. Theme song will be Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
Favorite moment in modeling:
When I found out I was getting signed to MGM models (Paris) and I would be doing shows in Paris!
Your wish for the remainder of 2014?
My modeling career to blow up!
Clothing: Suit and shirt, both by Topman; white zipper jacket by Rag & Bone; Anything Helps t-shirt by Jack Pierson for Uniglo
Special thanks to George Brown and the men's board at Citizen/Red; Jack Pierson for the t-shirts; Marissa Lee at Topman; Ilir for his time and visiting JTC in Paris and New York!
ILIR SHANJA' S SELF PORTRAIT