Only a sophomore, he went to college wanting to study communications, but soon found out it wasn’t for him. “I’ve always been really into cop work and homeland security,” he said. “When I found out St. John’s had a major in it I decided to go for it.”
He models part-time for Wilhelmina and it is something that works well with his schedule, since his previous agency wanted him to quit school and work full-time.
Appel was playing baseball when he was first discovered at age 16. “A company called New Faces had a booth there and they approached me,” he said. “I thought it was a scam at first.”
Though he has not done any runway shows yet, he has modeled for J-Crew, Guilt Groupe, Converse, and he has graced the cover of WWD Men. His favorite designer? J-Crew, although he says he is not too into what’s hot in fashion.
“I’m just a normal guy, I dress in Converse all year round – well, not now because it’s winter,” he said with a chuckle.
Appel recently participated in a Facebook contest hosted by designer Perry Ellis. As part of their initiative to include the public in their fashion shows, they let fans into the process of casting models. Appel, along with eight other relatively young, new male models participated in the contest where fans looked at their pictures and short video to decide who would walk Perry Ellis’ runway at New York Fashion Week.
“I didn’t win, but I feel honored just to be part of the competition,” he said.
Appel will continue to model for as long as he can. “It’s something different, not everybody does it and I’m not bragging, but you feel special doing it.
“I’m just a normal guy like everyone else and it’s cool to meet industry professionals and wear crazy clothes that I would never normally wear,” he said.