No, those aren't stars in Abe Taylor's eyes . . . they're the reflection of flash cubes going off. Taylor always displayed "picture-book form" in cross country and wrestling for the Hanover High Hawks.Now, the recent graduate really is in pictures. Chosen as one of the United States' "Rising Stars," by Abercrombie & Fitch, Taylor has become a part-time model for the national clothing manufacturer.
He appears in the company's spring catalogue and soon will make a trip to the Dominion Republic for a photo shoot. Later this summer he will do some posing in New York City.
"It sure beats some of the summer jobs I've had," said Taylor, who will enroll as a Virginia Tech freshman in the fall.
Taylor was the subject of a Times-Dispatch feature last fall, regarding his prowess on the cross-country trails. His striking photo was spotted by an Abercrombie & Fitch representative, and the wheels began turning.
"I never planned on anything such as this," Taylor said. "I never even considered anyone wanting to take pictures of me or cast me in anything. So I feel strangely fortunate."
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch June 10, 2005