Four years ago, the last place Chris Thompson thought he would end up was in the center of one of the largest magazines in the country. The 25-year-old USU alumnus opened up to The Statesman recently about his experiences in Logan, what he loves in a woman and being nominated as Cosmopolitan’s Utah Bachelor of the Year.
Utah Statesman: First off, how in the world did you end up being one of the 50 sexiest men in the United States?
Chris Thompson: A girl at work submitted me. She took some pictures off my Facebook and sent them into the contest. So-and-so at Cosmo called and told me I had won Mr. Utah. I thought it was a joke — or a prank.
US: She didn’t tell you she nominated you?
CT: She mentioned before that she nominated me for some bachelor thing. I just laughed.
US: How was it being in a Cosmo photo shoot?
CT: They flew me to L.A., and then we went to a place in Malibu for the shoot. It was kind of weird, but fun. I’m somewhat shy when people first meet me, so it was different.
US: If you win the contest, what will you do with your $10,000?
CT: Man, it would be so awesome. I would go to Hawaii with my roommates. I would just want to get away.
US: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
CT: Um, that’s hard to answer. Like I said, I’ve never been to Hawaii. There’s probably some place cooler than that though — some exotic island.
US: You graduated from USU in marketing, what are you doing now?
CT: I’m a store manager at Hollister, but I’m not too proud of it.
US: If you weren’t managing the store, what would your dream job be?
CT: Something in sports marketing.
US: Why did you choose marketing as a career?
CT: When I first got up to Utah State, I was undecided. I thought marketing would be fun so I just did it.
US: Why did you choose Utah State?
CT: I had heard lots of good things about USU. I knew that I didn’t want to go to the U., and I had some friends up there, so I came.
US: Any favorite Logan eateries?
CT: Me and my friends went to the Bluebird every once in a while. And after basketball games we would always go Village Inn.
US: When you were a freshman, did you ever see yourself doing something like Cosmo?
CT: I never did. I was kid of a late bloomer, just a little guy. I would have never seen anything like this coming.
US: Every 18-year-old freshman girl is dying to know, what do you look for in a woman?
CT: I look for cool girls that have a good sense of humour. I like active girls. Not necessarily in shape, but active. Like a girl that enjoys going to the gym, skiing and wake boarding.
US: Your roommate calls you “humble and modest.” What do you stereotype yourself as?
CT: If I’m just meeting somebody, I’m shy. After a few minutes I open up.
US: Is there anything about you we should know? What is something people wouldn’t guess from looking at you?
CT: I love skiing. Ever since I could walk I’ve been skiing. I love sports — playing and watching. I think that’s one of the biggest things about me. I also love music.
US: If you had to listen to one band for the rest of your life, who would it be?
CT: Ever since fifth grade I’ve loved Blink 182. It would have to be them.
US: When all of this contest is said and done, would you ever consider a modeling career?
CT: People have told me I could do it, and it would be good
money, but I don’t think so.
US: Anything else we should know about you?
CT: I love to be outdoors. I love wake boarding and active stuff. Oh, and I love California. I would love to live there. I love the beach and the palm trees. And I love sunsets.
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