IN CONVERSATION|ANDREAS ARAPIS
Hometown|Dallas, Texas and Mykonos, Greece
How did you get discovered?
Well, I always wanted to model. When I was 14, I decided that I should try and find an agency that would take me! (Haha) Initially, it didn't quite worked out but after waiting for a couple of years, my mother agent, owner of Dream NY Management and photographer extraordinaire, Renie Saliba discovered me in Greece, signed me to DNA Models and that's how I got to finally pursue my dream.
What were you doing prior to modeling?
I was going to high school and working. I grew coral and setup saltwater aquariums in people's houses or businesses. That was my hobby and I miss it a lot ever since I start this journey in modeling.
People would be surprised to know that I...
love to sing!
What's your latest obsession?
I am still developing my look and especially my hair!
Your most prize possession?
I have a necklace I always wear. It's silver bead chain with a rock from Mykonos, Greece where I grew up.
Growing up, who did you look up to as your hero?
I never really look up to anyone because I couldn't see myself like any other person. My dad would probably come close since he helped me learn a lot of life lessons and stuff like that.
When is the last time you said, "I Love You" to someone?
My parents two days ago when they came here to visit me.
Three adjectives that best describes you:
Energetic, Creative and Passionate
Describe your personal style:
Sleek modern similar to Kanye West clothing mixed with a little personal touch. I am very picky with the colors I wear. I prefer dark colors because it goes with my skin tone. (The Greek in me!)
Your favorite place you have travel to:
Your favorite film and scene from the film:
Forest Gump—Scene: When Bubba Blue explaining all the different ways to cook shrimp!
Your favorite sport:
Team: Real Madrid
Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Player: Cristiano Ronaldo
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?
Dallas, Texas—I would you to a sushi bar because I love fish and the ocean. Pretty much anything that reminds me of Mykonos!
If you were given a indie cable show, what type of show would it be? Which song would you choose as your theme song?
A show about music and EDM underground scene. Theme song: Ghosts N' Stuff by Deadmau5
Craziest thing you ever done:
Wakeboard off a ramp after land crashing into a corn field!
Your wish for the remainder of 2016?
To become a very successful model in the fashion industry!
Kadeem Johnson|DNA Models
MODEL|Andreas Arapis|DNA Models
Special thanks to Kadeem Johnson and the men's board at DNA Models; Andreas for his time spend with JTC to do this blog feature!