INSTA-STUD IN­TER­VIEW.

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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.

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