John Spainhour: From a Marine to Mr World Philippines 2014

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Did you know that before John Spainhour, the newly elected Mr World Philippines, joined the modeling industry he was a US Marine scout sniper?

Here’s a photo posted by John on his Instagram account two months ago:

That's me on the left, before I was a model.

A photo posted by John Spainhour (@johnspainhour) on

John was assigned to Iraq for five years before he came to Manila in 2011. The year after, he won the Century Tuna Superbods competition making him one of today’s most sought-after models in the country.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, he said that “the best part about being a Marine is you get to shoot lots of guns. We got to play with lots of toys, and we did it all for free. If you wanted to do that on your own you’d have to buy the amo, a gun, and rent a place to shoot. But in the Marine Corps, it was all provided and your job is to go out and have fun, really. There are also other things about the Marine Corps that wasn’t really so fun, though.”

Twerking in a Michel André suit.

A photo posted by John Spainhour (@johnspainhour) on

John on transitioning from being a Marine to being a model: “It was a weird one because I didn’t think modeling was something I’d ever be doing. I definitely had to get used to it. In the Marines we’d be joking around about modeling and we’d laugh about it. But when I started doing it, of course I had to take it seriously. Some of the things I had to do would make me crack up a little bit, but after a while I’d get used to it.”

John is set to fly to London tomorrow, May 30th, for the Mr World 2014 competition.

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