DNA: As a social media influencer, you open yourself to public scrutiny – what are some of the weird and wonderful responses you’ve had? James: The nice part of being on social media is that you connect with people from all over the world. When I visit a new country or city, there’s always a new friend I’ve made via Instagram or Facebook who I get to meet, hang out with or collaborate on a project with. The downside is, yeah, some people like to hate or make really random requests. When people hate I just think, “Guys, it’s Instagram!” There’s far more important stuff going on. And, yeah, when people ask me to send them my used jockstraps I block them. Immediately.
What assumptions do people generally make about you, based on your looks and physique?
People assume I’m shallow and stupid because I’m blond, tanned and stay in shape. I get it; I look like an extra from 90210 but the truth is, I watch the news for entertainment – huge nerd – I’m really into politics and current affairs and the rest of the time I’m either in the gym or watching funny animal videos! I think I surprise people when I can tell them the ins and outs of any major political scenario currently happening.
What do you stand for?
I’m a big, big, big supporter of LGBT rights, globally. I find it shocking that marriage equality isn’t legal in Australia yet. It angers me that it’s still criminal to be gay in 72 countries, and a lot of those are Commonwealth Nation Members. The UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand should take a more serious stance and protest on this issue within the Commonwealth. It’s a human right to be who you naturally are, and be with who you naturally love.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received and who did it come from?
My grandad: “It’s a big world out there. See it, live it, learn from it.” Finally, dick pics: yay or nay?
Nay! Such a turn off. Don’t do it. Ever. Keep it classy, lads.