On his own website he says that everything happens for a reason and that the universe unfolds exactly as it should. So who is Ryan Barry. Born in California, he lived all over the state. Pretty much wherever his father found work. After having been introduced to dance by his sister at the age of 6, Ryan found inspiration to start doing gymnastics by watching the 1984 Olympics. Not a bad choice since it earned him several regional and national titles. But after some injuries that prevented him from developing his athletic future further, Ryan decided on another career path and went back to University, studying religion, philosophy and psychology. Which eventually brought him to the U.K. where he enrolled at Cambridge University.
But there is also a very different side from Ryan Barry. He made his first contact with the modeling world at age 5, resulting in his first sportswear runway at 8. Also his last, since his modeling career came to a premature end after he embarrassingly tumbled from stage. Ryan grew up and worked himself through High School with braces and glasses. It wasn’t before he started going to the gym frequently that photographers started to show a renewed interest in him. When Ryan went to New York City for a shopping trip he found himself browsing through the Armani Exchange store when one of the clerks approached him and asked him if he would be interested in participating in an upcoming underwear contest. He asked his friend, photographer Adam Bouska, to make some test shots, submitted them to the contest and forgot all about it until one day, several weeks later, he received news he made it to the final three.
Ryan went back to New York, met the other finalists, had a blast with parties and photo shoots and won the contest, becoming the newest A|X model. One thing lead to an other, and it wasn’t before long that Ryan saw his first cover being published, and blown up to be a gigantic billboard in the city center of Sydney, Australia. This of course lead to many other assignments and cooperations with various international renowned photographers, such as London based Dylan Rosser. Now this would be enough to make anyone walk besides their shoes. Not Ryan. Realistic as he is, he still sees his modeling career as a great opportunity and experience, but he hasn’t forgotten that it wasn’t all moonlight and roses for him in the beginning. Knowing from first hand experience how nutrition and working out can definitely change your life, Ryan decided to build on his passion for health and fitness and developed himself as a Certified Personal Trainer, complete with website and all. Needless to say, Ryan Barry is the kind of guy who likes to make people feel good about themselves.
Having that said, Ryan Barry still performs on stage as well. He loves performing, he moves dancing and he uses his celebrity status also to supports AIDS Services Foundation Orange County, a great volunteer-run organization that provides help to patients and families. So if you still don't know where you know Ryan from, it might very well that you saw him performing as the foundations Santa Claus. Handsome and smart, Ryan Barry believes that the journey is greater than the destination. He says that we can go searching for something all our lives but that the experiences and relationships we make along the way ultimately reveal the treasure that was always within. Looking at Ryan’s life path so far, it seems obvious he lives by his own believes. And for that alone Ryan Barry deserves to be a star all by himself. –B-
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