If you haven’t heard the name Tyler Clinton before, get ready to start hearing a lot of it in the months and years to come. The chiseled 22-year-old with a megawatt smile was just signed to major modeling agency IMG, his agent, Philip Fry, confirmed to Yahoo Beauty. The kicker? Tyler is the son of Roger Clinton, the musician brother of former president Bill Clinton, making him nephew to Bill and 2016 presidential nominee Hillary.
Tyler, who graduated from Loyola Marymount University in May, according to Heavy, moved to New York City for the opportunity, TMZ reports. His mother is Roger’s second wife, Molly D’Ann Martin. TMZ announced Tyler’s agreement with IMG Models by posting a shirtless photo of the buff new recruit, who bears a striking resemblance to a young Matt Damon.
Tyler’s Instagram account makes his family connections super clear, with a series of cute candids.
This one got the ever-so-appropriate hashtag of #arkansauce.
On IMG’s site, Tyler’s portfolio consists of nine images shot by fashion photographer Brian Jamie, says TMZ. They’re comprised mainly of urban street shots, with the model clad mostly in casual wear. A few of the images show Tyler hanging out in a plaid sports jacket and sipping on a coffee in what appears to be the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan. Another smoldering shot shows Tyler in a T-shirt, gazing seductively into the camera.
According to IMG, Tyler stands 5-foot-11-and-a-half, has blue-green eyes, and light-brown hair. He has a 30 1/2-inch waist and wears a size 10 1/2 shoe. Though he’s just snagged an official contract — possibly because he was waiting to earn his degree — Tyler has been on the public’s radar since at least last summer, when he made heads turn during an appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia support of his aunt Hillary. While Bill was busy being dazzled by balloons, Tyler could be spotted mingling onstage, looking dapper in a gray suit. (Note: Yahoo Style called it when we wrote, “Think Hillary can put getting Tyler a modeling contract on her to-do list? It’s what the people want, after all.”).
Smitten viewers took to the Internet to try to identify the mystery man and tracked down black-and-white modeling photos of him. “Can we have a moment of silence to appreciate the Clintons’ nephew, Tyler Clinton?” asked one eager tweeter, adding the hashtags #ImWithHer and #ImWithHerAndHim.
— Seth Riley (@jsethriley) July 30, 2016
The photos — in which he was modeling Citizens of Humanity and Seven for All Mankind jeans (and little else) — quickly went viral, and Los Angeles fashion photographer Adina Doria — who took the shots — came forward to say that Tyler was amazing and deserving of all the attention, according to Express. “He was incredibly professional, very well-mannered, and a truly genuine person,” she was quoted as saying. “He takes direction very well — I like to let my subjects live through the camera and direction was minimal,” Doria told Pink News.
— Ryan Lammer (@RyanLammer) July 30, 2016
According to Express, Tyler grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, Calif., before heading off to Loyola Marymount. The publication also reported that he has a girlfriend. The duo, reports Pink News, are passionate LGBT rights advocates.
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