By Chadner Navarro
Provenance: Beloit, Wisconsin
Jack of all trades: As with most models, newcomer Grzybowski was not well-acquainted with the fashion industry before he became immersed in it. With a background in psychology from Philadelphia’s Villanova University, Grzybowski came to Miami to work with refugee children at AmeriCorps, followed by a stint at Habitat for Humanity, then construction for Ed Laurion and, of course, random restaurant gigs at hot spots like Big Pink.
Book club: Since committing to a full-time modeling career, Grzybowski has collaborated with some big names in the business, including shoots for Polo Ralph Lauren, a catwalk debut with Pamela Anderson for Richie Rich’s A*Muse show, and flaunting it for Abercrombie & Fitch. But it was in superstar fashion photographer Bruce Weber that he met a kindred spirit. “He’s a great guy, and we both love books,” Grzybowski says. “At a shoot, he even brought me a hardback copy of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.”
Future perfect: “Having this Miami tan and long hair makes me ideal for commercial, beachy projects,” Grzybowski admits. “But I’m working hard at diversifying my appeal.” With bookings at edgier, high-fashion magazines like VMan and GQ Taiwan, it sounds like he’s well on his way.
JUST THE FACTS
My bandana, to keep my hair out of the way
Late-night chocolate chip ice-cream sandwiches
Unwinding in Miami:
The Standard hotel is great for sunset views.
The best dive bar in town, Ted’s Hideaway
Photograph by navid
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