(born 6 April 1975 in Indianola, Iowa, USA)
Joel West was discovered at a Dairy Queen. A 17-year-old Joel was on his way home from an annual church skiing trip, grabbing a "blizzard" for the road, when a local photographer stopped him and asked if he'd ever thought of becoming a male model. The rest, as they say, is history! His high-school senior-year yearbook also contains some interesting information. Joel was voted 'the biggest brownie', which meant he was the biggest kiss-up to teachers - for the record, Joel disagrees. He was also voted the 'worst driver'. Over the years, he has worked for Calvin Klein, Versace, and Hugo Boss, and has become one of the elite models in the male modelling industry. He was the first male model to land an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein. He has parlayed his modeling career into an acting career, guest-starring on television shows such as "Felicity", "Charmed", and "CSI: Miami", and starring in feature films. On becoming a successful male model, Joel says: 'Confidence is number one. Second, you have to be very focussed and know what you want out of the whole business. And third, a good, positive outlook!'