We already knew male models were hilariously awkward, so we didn’t think they’d be all that insightful when it came to interpersonal relationships. Turns out we were sort of wrong.
The good people at Nerve braved the busy corner of Broadway and Houston in New York City, where the muscly male model types standing sentry at the massive doors of the Hollister flagship attract tourists like moths to a flame. But instead of just touching their stomachs (tourists love touching those dudes’ stomachs), Nerve asked them about their jobs and advice on relationships. Here’s a little bit of what they had to say.
I’m trying to make some guy friends, but whenever I meet a new guy, it seems like all they want from me is sex. The minute I make it clear I’m not interested, they’re gone. Can’t men and women be friends?
Jared: No, you can’t be friends with a guy.
Derek: It depends on the arena that you’re in. If you’re in the library and you have common interests — studying the same thing or whatever — that’s awesome. If you’re in a bar, don’t even talk to the scumbag because he only wants one thing.
My boyfriend, whom I love, cheated on me and I found out. Can I take him back or is it over for good?
Brandon: I think the relationship might be over for good. I think it’s just taboo. You just don’t do it. And if you do do it, then the trust won’t ever be there. There are relationships that can continue and flourish afterwards but it just takes tons of work. The damage is done.
I’ve never been in a serious relationship because I have issues opening up to people. How can I change?
Derek: Trust can be learned, but it takes a lot of practice to give. I would say, start small and work your way into it. You don’t want to just throw all your trust into one person. People are inherently evil.
That’s an awfully pessimistic worldview from such a pretty person (Derek is the one on the left), but it’s a pretty good reminder that models are people, just like us. Even if they have stomachs that look like that. Also of note: these guys make $56,000 a year.