Male Model Moments: Meet Ryan Mertz

by Eddie Roche
Ryan Mertz

Ryan Mertz

Perhaps best known for joining The Daily to wait in line for cronuts a few years ago (We kid!), Ryan Mertz is the latest mod to answer our deep questions about his life and times. What’s his nickname?  Greatest fear? Retirement plan? Let’s find out! Plus! Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram @RMertzy where he holds puppies, apple picks, and eats ice cream.

St. Louis, Mo.

Current City:

In a relationship


What was your first modeling job?
A Calvin Klein exclusive in New York Fashion Week

How did you spend the money you made?
On living in NYC.

Where are we least likely to find you? 

Outside of Williamsburg

Who is your best male model buddy?
Adrian Zuniga

What would we be surprised to know about you?
That I love food more than just about anything.

What’s your guilty pleasure?


What time do you wake up and go to bed?
I’m usually up by 9:30 a.m. I’m a bit of a night owl, so bedtime is around 1:30-2 a.m.

What scares you?
Not being fulfilled or happy at the end of my life.

What do you always eat?

What kind of student were you in high school?  
I was a pretty good student because my mom was strict about grades. And if you had to classify me, I would say I was a jock.

What’s your least favorite food?
There is nothing that I don’t eat…seriously nothing

When are you in the best mood?
After a few beers watching the sunset from my rooftop.

When are you in the worst mood?
In the mornings.

Who do you admire most in the world?
My sister because she is the most inspirational person I know.

What’s your greatest fear?
I really hate snakes and spiders

Any secret talents? 
I can do accents really, really well. At least I think so…

Where do travel to most?

What word do you say too much?
Like…umm like.

Where do you think you’ll retire?
Somewhere in California

What action hero is your favorite?
Jean-Claude Van Damme

The definition of happiness is…
Waking up everyday and being able to do what you love

Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years?
Hopefully I’ll be starting a family by then

Who’s your favorite female model?  
Chrissy Teigen

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Don’t live life afraid of making mistakes.

How would you describe your current state of mind?

Ryan Mertz
Ryan Mertz
Ryan Mertz
Ryan Mertz
Photo Credits, from top:
Greg Vaughan
Jeiroh Yanga
Kosmas Pavlos
Sean Killkenny

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