To start off our model of the week with Chris Van Etten we’d like to present you with a quote he gave us at the very end of our interview.
“Life gets hard. You’re going to have your ups and your downs. When you’re stuck in your downs, you just have to keep working, you have to climb up that hill and keep pushing. It’s only going to feel much more satisfying knowing you got there. Try to keep positive, keep your head up and work towards making your life better. It will happen no matter if it takes a day, a week or a year it always get better,” said Van Etten.
Chris is a positive person by nature. It radiates off him and we could immediately sense it when speaking with him. His practical mentality is what helped the war veteran, now model, get through a very negative experience. In June 2012, Chris was on a routine patrol with his Marine infantry unit when an IED (Improvised Explosive Devise) erupted underneath him. The accident left him as a double amputee, losing his entire left left leg and his right leg from the knee down. While some people in this situation would turn toward a dark place, it only pushed Chris to aspire to be a better person; naturally his motto, “no excuses” pushed him to get to where he is today.
Not only is it his positive attitude that caught our attention, but the retired Marine has turned his traumatic injury into a budding modeling career, and from what we have seen so far, this guy has great potential. Being a model takes more then having the perfect body or sharp features, it also takes that positive mindset that Chris seems to be born and it is what really makes the picture
Talking with Chris we found out that he grew up around the world with his military family and that he is really a down-to-earth momma’s boy at heart. Read our interview on the next page with this inspiring figure and see how he is turning his experience into a modeling career that he hopes will influence others in similar situations like him. And hopefully help him catch his major break into modeling, and — crossing our fingers — become the next face of Baskit underwear!