Being one of the most eligible guys in the country is a difficult job - but somebody's gotta do it, and it might as well be James Swanson.
The Marshalltown native has been chosen to represent Iowa as one of Cosmopolitan Magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors for 2009.
And though he sports ample charm and good looks, parents Dennis and Sung Swanson did not believe him.
James Swanson of Marshalltown is one of Cosmopolitan’s hottest bachelors of 2009.
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James Swanson of Marshalltown is one of Cosmopolitan’s hottest bachelors of 2009. Swanson is shown here in the photo published in November’s issue of Cosmo.
"His mother and I thought he was playing a trick on us," Dennis laughed. "It was a shock and I think it even kind of surprised him."
That it did, because a friend submitted his picture to the publication and nothing was heard until weeks later when James was told he had been chosen.
"I was at a loss for words," he said. "Knowing about the contest and then even being considered from Iowa, it was so exciting."
At 23, James had already participated in various modeling assignments for television commercials and appeared in several Iowa-based movies.
But it was after a series of Cosmo photo shoots in New York that he received more than 52 call-backs for other opportunities, one of which landed him a two-year modeling contract with the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in Los Angeles.
"My mom didn't know what to think about any of it at first, but she was really happy because this doesn't happen every day," he said.
Along with the hunkable crown, Cosmopolitan also gave James an e-mail address which has offered him a few interesting reads.
"I get hundreds of letters a day from all these random girls," he laughed. "Some of them are looking for true love, I guess. It's just been crazy."
James has recently moved to Burbank, California, signed with an agent and is taking acting lessons - all while keeping up with a new modeling gig and as he puts it, trying to live the dream.
"It's a big step for me," he added. "But I'm keeping busy and having fun - I just really can't believe it."
Cosmopolitan's November issue - on newsstands now - profiles some of the nation's sexiest single guys. In this issue, the men reveal what they fall for, including their top turn-on's and the female behaviors that wow them. These stud snapshots also clue readers into the hunks' secret pickup spots and dating deal breakers.
Readers can check out all the 2009 bachelors at cosmopolitan.com/bachelors-2009.
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