Sep 30, 2016

Pietro Boselli: The Engineer Who Became a Model

Extremely attractive men (and women) have constant problems with objectification.  Strangers think that they have the right to walk up to them and grab their butt or feel their biceps. So-called "friends" just want to hang out with them to draw guys' attention in clubs.  They can never tell if a guy is dating them just to brag to his friends about his "conquest."  And they are assumed to be vain, self-absorbed, shallow, and stupid.

Pietro Boselli began modeling professionally at the age of six in his home town of Brescia, Italy.  But when moved to London to go to university (University College of London, Mechanical Engineering with high honors, 2010), he knew that his modeling would detract from his academic achievements.  So gradually he refused assignments, deleted it from his resume, and went into the closet.

He wasn't in the closet for long.  One of his duties as a doctoral student was teaching undergraduates.  In 2013-2014 he taught Modelling & Analysis course, a module of the mathematics class  for second year engineering students.

Uh-oh.  What happens when you google "Pietro Boselli" and "Modelling," hoping to find some of his academic research on the topic?


In 2014, student Ariel Azli found some shirtless photos, and tweeted them along with photos of Pietro teaching his class.  The tweets went viral, and articles like "Hot for the Teacher" and "The World's Sexiest Math Teacher" began to appear.

Resigning himself to his fate -- and anxious to make some extra money to pay his university fees - Pietro signed on with Models 1, and began to get prestigious assignments for  Abercrombie & Fitch, Moschino, Equinox, and Vogue.

Meanwhile he received his Ph.D. in February 2016.

Dr. Boselli worries about what will happen in the future.  How will he be taken seriously at conferences?  How will he be able to get an academic job?

Meanwhile modeling is fun, and you get used to the constant cruising and sexual innuendos.

He hasn't specified a sexual orientation, but he's happy to give interviews to gay magazines, so I'm going to guess straight.

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