It's the ultimate rags to riches story
One morning, 20-year-old John Economou is sleeping rough on Venice Beach, one of thousands of hopefuls who leave home to take their chances in LA; the next, he's shooing seagulls away from Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Ansel Elgort and Jenner's manager Ashleah Gonzales - who promptly find him an agency in return.
Jenner and co, who were there to film a commercial, were so taken with the Milwaukee native's good looks that they got chatting and put him in touch with Two Management, who signed him on the spot. He joins the likes of Fernanda Ly, Adam Senn and Ruth Bell on their books.
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Whether Economou will go on to become the kind of runaway success he dreams of - 'I want to be top of the top with Kendall, with Justin Bieber with those kind of people," he told The Daily Mail - remains to be seen, but he's definitely a lot closer after his incredible 'right place, right time' encounter. Modelling doesn't pay straight away, and at this stage Economou is still sleeping on the streets with nothing but a backpack of bare essentials - although he prefers the term 'traveller' to homeless.
He seems to have his current situation sorted out. "I do like sleeping on the beach but I obviously like going home with chicks too," he says. "I have no girlfriend - I'm too young and there's too many hot girls around here." He didn't get to score with Gigi and Kendall though - there's been no contact since that chance beach encounter.