up in Grenadas countryside, Andy Grant was surrounded
by boys who didnt believe in themselves. Living
in poverty with no books to even expand their thinking,
they felt their future was hopeless. Grant looked
around and decided that his future had hope and he
was determined to make something of himself.
took myself out and tried to find some way I could
make my dreams come true, he said.
way was through boxing. Training hard and representing
his island first as a light heavyweight and then as
a heavyweight boxer, Grant travelled internationally
and was exposed to everything the world had to offer.
learned a lot of things, that changed my life,
to the boyfriend of a friend, Grant saw a chance to
enter the world of modelling. The guy, a photographer
who worked for clients such as Nike, used some shots
of Grant in his portfolio and the response was so
favourable, Grant migrated to the United States to
try his hand at modelling.
After a year and a half during of photo shoots during which
time he appeared in his first music video, Grant came to
T&T on the advice of his agent.
Since landing here, he has graced billboards and television
advertisements and on Tuesday made his debut as a fashion
model for the launch of Meilings 2006 resort collection.
He will also be a model for the upcoming Emerge fashion
Although he is busy making his career as a model, Grant
has not forgotten his past and is continuing in T&T,
a youth programme called Boys Open Mind to inspire disadvantaged
boys to reach for the stars.
you have an open mind for something new in your life, then
you will do something for yourself, he said.
The programme, which will begin next week at Servol and
a boys home in Diego Martin, is about fitness and
will comprise lessons of discipline and perseverance that
Grant learned when he was a boxer.
This week WomanWise gets personal with this rising personality.
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Marital status: Not yet married
Personal credo: Believe in yourself, once you get an opportunity
work hard to fulfil it.
Best advice ever received: Just be strong, do what you have
Secret fear: (Laughing) I dont know.
Most influential person in your life: My family, especially
Best personality trait: I am very, very cool
Hobbies: running, training.
Favourite Food: I dont have one but right now its
vegetables and fruits.
Best book ever read: I am not really a reader.
Turn ons in woman: The person she is. She doesnt have
be beautiful, but she must have a good personality.
Turn offs in woman: I dont like if she is too quarrelsome.
One place you would like to visit before you die: Africa.
Future plans: To change the world, change the youths
lives, be a better person.
Interview: Laura Dowrich-Phillips
Photo: David Wears