Super athlete on course to become supermodel
BRATTLEBORO — Two years after Brattleboro Legion baseball coach Eric Libardoni was deciding where to put his third baseman on the lineup card, it will be clothing designers who are figuring out where they want Chris Hall in the order.
The 2017 Brattleboro Union High School graduate is now a rookie on the runway, where the best of the best either walk first or last, after landing a modeling job in New York City with Krammer & Stoudt.
"I was so excited when I got the call from my agent," said Hall, referring to the recent hire by the menswear company.
Hall will be donning polos, dress shirts, blazers, jackets, trousers, and shorts in videos on the krammer-stoudt.com website. He will also be appearing on Instagram for the clothing brand in the fall.
"I was found because my mom reached out to an agency called Fusion in NYC sort of behind my back while I was working at Red Lobster," stated the 18-year-old Brooklyn resident. "They surprisingly liked me, and asked if I'd be willing to move to the city and work on my body more. After about six months, I booked a job."
Fitness has been the hardest part for Hall — he has had to focus on a lean diet and high repetition workouts rather than trying to bulk up.
"So, on a normal day I will go from anywhere from one to three castings, taking the subway around the city from location to location. I live in a model house with people from across the globe, including Germany, Canada, France, and Italy," he noted.
Having cameras pointed in his direction is nothing new for Hall, who got used to Vermont photographers taking action shots of him as both an end and third baseman for the Colonels.
"Winning the first Legion state tourney in Brattleboro since 1999," he answered, after being asked what his best sports memories are. Hall said that another unforgettable moment is when he watched from the sideline in a neck brace as his BUHS varsity football team rallied from two scores down to beat MAU and keep its playoff hopes alive.
Hall was steady at the hot corner and had a team-best .462 On Base Percentage for the 2016 state champion Post 5 baseball team. His teammates included Chris Lasch, Chayse Cunniff, Leif Bigelow, Kassidi Ramirez, Dan Petrie, Kam Pelkey, Matt Dulmaine, Sam Ognenoff, Ben Betz, Tommy Carroll, Steve Kerylow, Matt Boggio, Tanner Bell, and Tyler Germain.
While members of Brattleboro's 1965 undefeated team looked on, the junior defensive end batted down a pass and helped force five interceptions with his pass rush during a Homecoming victory over Colchester.
With plenty of good memories tied to his No. 16 baseball jersey and the No. 10 football jersey that Evan Perkins passed on to him, Hall will now get paid to wear clothing items that Krammer & Stoudt refer to as "an East Coast label with West Coast cool."
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