reporter Rich Schapiro has told how he was spotted by a casting director while on the phone in Union Square and later flown to Paris to star in an ad for Dove body wash.New York Daily News
He tells Daily News readers: "There I was, standing half-naked in a French chateau with a makeup artist applying lotion to my nipples. A few minutes later, I found myself standing in a shower, my body slathered with an ungodly amount of men's body wash, and a photographer snapping pictures of me and my apparently photogenic armpits."
He adds: " 'Model' isn't the first (or the 10th, or the 100th) word that most people associate with newspaper reporters. So let me explain what happened. It all began last May when I was walking through Union Square while talking on my phone.
"Out of nowhere, a short woman with blond hair appeared in front of me and started yapping. 'I'm on the phone!' I shrieked.
"Undeterred, she leaned in and whispered, 'I'm a casting director looking for guys to appear in a Dove ad in Paris that pays' - well, let's just say it was more than I make in several months as a reporter...She insisted that Dove was looking to cast 'real men,' meaning non-models."
He says of the ad (above): "My photo is going to be splashed in stores and newspapers and I am bracing myself for the inevitable ribbing from friends and adulation from my proud grandparents."
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