When Fox Chapel’s Chase Osthoff told his friends he was going to pursue a modeling career after high school, they thought he was joking.
His friends now know he was a man on a modeling mission.
“They’ve all been very supportive,” Osthoff said. “I absolutely plan to make it my career.”
Osthoff, 21, graduated from Fox Chapel Area High School in 2020 and works as a professional model.
To date, her most high-profile modeling jobs have been at Ralph Lauren and Dicks Sporting Goods.
Dressed by Ralph Lauren stylist Caroline Park, Osthoff recently modeled Ralph Lauren clothes at an exclusive event last month in New York City.
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Chase Osthoff, 21, of Fox Chapel was photographed in New York for a Ralph Lauren fashion campaign.
Osthoff grew up in the Treesdale area of Gibsonia until first grade, then moved to Sewickley and now lives at home with his family in Fox Chapel, working alongside his stepfather Rob in the family businesses, Keystone Wireline and Keystone Well Services.
Osthoff is enrolled in online college courses at CCAC and plans to enroll online at Point Park University in the spring of 2023.
His first modeling gig was posing for Pittsburgh-based sports retail giant Dick’s Sporting Goods when he was a toddler. He was with his sister and mother Dawn Kozel, a professional model for decades.
But that toddler modeling time was unpaid.
“Deb Docherty of The Docherty Agency in Pittsburgh discovered me after my first test shoot which I did with friends for fun. It turned out much better than expected,” Osthoff said.
Osthoff is represented by Coven Management in New York. Coven owner Duane White signed Osthoff last April after meeting him in person at a private party in the Pittsburgh areas.
“Immediately after meeting him, I knew he had this special, magical quality,” White said. “He is quietly confident and his features are sharp and striking. His cat eyes, chiseled cheekbones and split chin and lion mane remind me of Jim Morrison of The Doors.
White has over 30 years working in the modeling industry and described Osthoff’s modeling prospects as having “no limits”.
“It has a dangerous, mysterious quality that will immediately appeal to high-end customers,” White said. “And he is confident, but not in an arrogant way. It is quiet confidence.
Osthoff landed her first paid modeling job with Xhibition in Cleveland.
“The aspect that I enjoy the most would be meeting all the new people that I never would have had the opportunity to meet without modeling,” Osthoff said. “Plus, seeing all the latest styles and clothes before they’re released is pretty cool.”
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Chase Osthoff, 21, of Fox Chapel, has worked as a professional model in New York for more than two years. The Fox Chapel Area High School graduate poses for a portrait Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Fox Chapel.
Osthoff, 6ft 3in, eats a lot of protein and said he was trying to improve what he described as a “very inconsistent training regimen”.
“I looked for new healthy diets,” he says.
For Osthoff, the hardest part of professional modeling is the constant travel and making sure he maintains a natural look on camera.
New York is his go-to destination for most of his modeling jobs, and he hopes to find an apartment in the Chelsea area.
“I would like to stay longer and eventually move there full time,” Osthoff said.
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Fox Chapel’s Chase Osthoff is represented by Coven Management in New York.
Friend and professional photographer, Karl Simone from New York has worked twice with Osthoff.
“He’s attentive, eager to learn and succeed without having an attitude,” Simone said.
Osthoff isn’t the only model in the family.
Osthoff’s mother said she was proud of her son and described him as a kind soul.
“It touches me when I see his little acts of kindness that he spreads out into the world,” Kozel said, noting that Chase has the ability to connect with people he works with in such a deep way that he usually ends up socializing with them after a long day. shooting.
Kozel said her son’s ability to look stylish in the movies came naturally to him.
“He was born for this,” she says.
“I remind him that you get to the top in any business by being punctual, friendly, cooperative and always giving your all and never letting it go to your head,” Kozel said. “It’s a privilege to be in the company.”
Joyce Hanz is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, email@example.com or via Twitter .
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