Irene Marie Model Tom Pricone has been with our agency for over 20 years. Q Models in New York wrote a great feature about it, mentioning how he was discovered and developed by Irene. Below is an excerpt from the story:
I think when you look at Tom
Pricone you instantly think "yep, he's a model". I mean it's pretty
obvious. He is extremely good looking, has an amazing body and a great fun
attitude. He is slightly older (he's 43 years old), 6'1" tall, Italian
American, and impeccably dressed. With all these great attributes you would
think he knows how good looking he is, but he is very humble and still surprised
at how blessed he is.
Pricone began his life in Conneticut, where he grew up and attended college. His early fascination with karate consumed him, eventually leading him to compete and teach martial arts. In 1986 at 26 years old, he moved to South Florida with his brother and the hopes of opening a karate school. One day a guy approached him about his interest in modeling, laughing it off at first, Pricone eventually wandering into Irene Marie Models (when it was located in Ft. Lauderdale, before its South Beach incarnation). I totally didn't know what I was doing," Pricone admits. "I was very uncomfortable and I hated having my picture taken. But the next thing I knew, I was at Bal Harbor in a salon getting my haircut and then went to Key Biscayne to shoot Interview Magazine, with photographer Al David. It was all beach stuff and I was very shy about it all. When it came out I was stunned, I had a full page with my name on it."
But he didn't pursue it any further and returned home to Connecticut where he entered the restaurant business for seven years before returning to South Florida. Upon his return in 1992, now 32 years old, he investigated modeling again and wandered back into Irene Marie where he met up with men's director Tino Baretta. On the second time around, Pricone began to feel more comfortable, now traveling to Milan, NY, and Germany.
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