IN CONVERSATION|ELI BANCHIK
Hometown|Manhattan, New York City
How did you get discovered?
I was with a friend exiting McDonald's eating a McFlurry when a man on the street ask for my age. I walked away confused as he asked me again. I stopped and listened and he ended up giving me his business card. My mom checked it and here I am, getting into modeling.
What were you doing prior to modeling?
Before modeling, I was in the middle of a school project in which I completely dismantled and rebuild a working iPhone 6. I was also the captain of my school's varsity tennis team right before the end of our season which we came in second place.
People would be surprised to know that I...
have a fat lizard named Kevin. I love this lizard so much. He got his last name through a video of a Australian man yelling at his goat Kevin so Kevin is only meant to be said with an Australian accent!
What's your latest obsession?
Sneakers, specifically designer shoes. I started with normal Nike shoes about a year ago and have worked my way up to shoes like Prada, Saint Laurent and more when I can find a great bargain deal at sales.
Your most prize possession?
A ring I awlays wear on my right finger that my girlfriend gave me on my birthday. I wear it everyday and it is my favorite ring I have ever owned.
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
Last night, to my girlfriend, Olivia.
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Humorous, Friendly, Generous
Describe your personal style:
I am a chameleon when it comes to clothes.
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Aspen for its landscape and activities during all seasons but I also like San Francisco because of the climate and the very different neighborhoods.
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Rocky III—Scene: Apollo and Rocky's training scene
I also box weekly with a trainer and that's why I love Rocky's movies
Your favorite sport:
Boxer: Novak Djokovic
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?
Manhattan, New York City—Barney's—Who doesn't like shopping and looking good?
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song?
Animated comedy about Eli and Kevin the lizard's adventures. Theme song: Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti
Craziest thing you ever done:
I went waterfall repelling in Costa Rica. It was scary because I have a fear of heights!
Your wish for the remainder of 2016?
My wish for this year would be do better in school this year (All A's, no B's) since this would be my junior year.
George Brown|Dave Fothergill|Carly Greenberg|Citizen/Red
Special thanks to George Brown, Dave Fothergill, Carly Greenberg and the men's board at Citizen/Red; Eli for his time spend with JTC doing this blog feature!
ELI BANCHIK' S SELF PORTRAIT