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Below, (top) Myles Ellison ’12 and fellow model Matthew James Oh pose with Lucy, the 2-month-old who portrayed their daughter, on the set of the photo shoot for this fall’s Toys R Us catalog, and (bottom) in New York City.

NYC Model Breaks New Ground in Toys R Us Ad


Myles Ellison Toys R UsAs a New York City model, Myles Ellison ’10 is living his dream. Over recent years, he has represented clients in worldwide and nationwide advertising campaigns that include those for New Balance, PETA, Ciroc, Amazon, Smirnoff, Ray Ban, British GQ, Wall Street Journal, Absolut, Chik Fil-A, Babies R Us, and even HBO’s “Girls,” as a featured extra – just to name a few.

This September, he will appear in the annual Toys R Us catalog as one of its principal models in what will be a landmark publication: Ellison and another model will be the first to be portrayed as gay parents in advertisements for the well-known children’s products company.

What’s more, he also will be part of an interracial gay couple. It’s a bold move for the brand, which previously focused mostly on traditional, “blonde-haired and blue-eyed” models, Ellison said.

“I was so excited.  It was such an ultimate honor, completely out-of-the-blue, and an added bonus. Before booking this gig, I had no idea,” he said. “I feel honored to be a part of this new era for a brand/company. It means a lot to be a small part of gay history.”

Myles in NYCPreviously, the most exciting and adventurous modeling job Ellison did happened two years ago, for Apple, to promote the iPhone 6S.

“We shot in Iceland for four days,” he said. “At the time, no one knew about the new features like Live Photos, the Apple creative team, a handful of other models and I were some of the first in the world to test out that feature. Pretty awesome stuff.”

Ellison has been a professional model in the New York market since 2011.

“I am mostly a ‘lifestyle model,’ meaning I’m hired to portray a young dad, for example, in a Babies R Us ad, a hipster/man-bun cafe owner, a runner, or a straight person … as I recently did an ad for PETA,” he explained.

In addition to being a blogger, Ellison divides his work time fairly evenly between modeling and real estate. A licensed real estate agent since 2012, he recently sold his first building, in the neighborhood of Ridgewood, Queens.

He explained, “MCLA, and my major in particular, helped me build an entrepreneurial, creative, multifaceted career that is all my own. I'm a model, a real estate agent, a writer – I’m not just one thing. I’m a creative entrepreneur.”

What’s next for his modeling career? “Hopefully, much more!” Ellison exclaimed. “I went to a casting for Dicks Sporting Goods yesterday, and the client said I had a 'cool look,' so let’s cross our fingers for that one.”