Fire Men: The Island’s Male Model Invasion

by Eddie Roche

When we heard dozens of (mostly straight) male models were headed to Fire Island to celebrate top mod Chad White’s 30th birthday, The Daily decided to get on the ferry and take a day trip. All for you! Along the way we caught up with Soul Artist mods Chad, Max Papendieck, Dan Murphy, Sean Harju, and Jeremy Santucci. Plus! Think models are different than you? We’ve found a few examples of common ground…


Chad White

 Chad White, 30, Single

Why did you decide to have the party on Fire Island?
I always go out here. It has the best atmosphere.

Was it overwhelming to have so many people come?
It was and it wasn’t. There was so much love, and I wanted to give my time to everybody. I couldn’t believe everybody showed up. I got a little overwhelmed because I was so grateful. At the same time, I was living in the moment.

What was the day like?
I got off a flight from San Francisco and went straight to my agent’s (Jason Kanner) house. It was chill at first. I took an hour nap and as soon as I woke up, the party began, it never stopped. I woke up to 100 people in the house. It was awesome.

What was your favorite part of the day?
There was a moment when I was on the top deck of the pool looking over and saw all my friends at the pool from over the years. I’m a Cancer, so I got a bit sentimental and I choked up. I had to take a step back and appreciate the moment. It was the best feeling I’ve felt in a long time.

Your Parke & Ronen shorts are cute. Normal look?
These shorts are so awesome. The ones I normally wear can’t compare. I didn’t feel like I was in good enough shape to wear them well!

You have quite a fan base on Fire Island!
If you believe in me, I appreciate you. It was awesome to see them there, too, and share my big 3-0 with them.

You’ve got a large gay fan base!
All my friends are gay. It’s the best thing ever.

What is it about Fire Island that you love?
Everybody is so friendly and happy. It’s all love! It’s like a family out here!

How did you feel after the party?
Oh, man. I had a big smile on my face. I was in a euphoric state of mind.

Absolutely! I didn’t get to drink on my actual birthday, so I let loose!

How long did you sleep after the party?
One hour. I had a flight to catch.

Quiz time! Why is it called Fire Island?
There was a big fire?

What is Cherry Grove?
I hear there’s an underwear tea party there that’s really crazy. That’s all I know about it.

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Max Papendieck, 27, In a relationship
How many times have you been to Fire Island?
Chad’s party was my fourth or fifth time over the past three summers.

Where did you end up sleeping?
I headed back to the city that evening.

Do male models hang out together often?
It’s pretty common.

Quiz time! Why is it called Fire Island?
Because the houses are made of wood?

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Dan Murphy, 28, Married
What was your first impression of the island?
Party Central.

What surprised you about the island?
How peaceful the boat ride is to it.

Did the Pines party keep you awake?
The stage was literally in front of the house. The music started at 2 a.m. and ended at 6 a.m. There was no way a restful night of sleep was an option.

Where did you end up sleeping?
The couch.

Any plans to return?
Any plans for an invite?


Jeremy Santucci, 33, In a relationship
What did you get Chad for his birthday?
I was the DJ for the house portion of Chad’s party, so that was my gift to him.

Where did you end up sleeping?
I slept for a few hours on the couch.

Did anything about Fire Island make you blush?
It takes a lot to make me blush!

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Sean Harju, 27, In a relationship
What did you think Fire Island was going to be like?
Utter debauchery.

What was it actually like?
Utter debauchery!

How would you describe Fire Island Pines to an alien?
Fantasy Island.

What did you get Chad for his birthday?

Where did you end up sleeping?
The couch.

What surprised you about Fire Island?
Nothing. I was very well informed before I got there.

Did anything about Fire Island make you blush?
Nope. Nothing really surprises me these days.

Did the Pines party keep you awake?
Nope! All thanks to alcohol!

Why is it called Fire Island?
The men are fiery!

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