Supermodels and famous offspring Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid had a chance encounter with 20-year-old John Economou in Venice Beach that resulted in them jumpstarting his career. Jenner and Hadid were filming a commercial on the beach when they met Economou. He told The Daily Mail, "One of the girls said to me, 'You’re cute,' so I turned around and we struck up conversation." He added, "Kendall was cool, she was super down to earth and chill. We were just having a normal conversation about life, acting, modeling, personal lives," without seeing the redundancy of saying both "life" and "personal lives."
Economou, who was born in Milwaukee, dropped out of school to move to California to pursue modeling and live a "hippie lifestyle."
Equipped with just a backpack, Economou would sleep on the beach and pick up girls so he could occasionally secure a bed, earning the nickname the "Romeo of Venice Beach" (not to be confused with Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet). He said,
I came out here knowing I would be sleeping under the stars but I also knew I could talk to a girl and make friends with her and hang out with her and then end up staying at their house and doing whatever. I do like sleeping on the beach but I obviously like going home with chicks too.
Kendall, proving that she is indeed the daughter of Kris, put the plan in motion to capitalize on the Romeo's hotness, introducing him to her manager, who got him signed with an agency.
He's lucky that he met Kendall, because he sounds like just the person who would be keeping up with the Kardashians:
I came out here for one reason and that’s to get that money and get that fame.
How profound, Romeo.