Social Media Star 'The Fat Jew' Turns Top Model

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Blogger Josh 'The Fat Jew' Ostrovsky arrives for the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York June 1, 2015.Credit: Reuters

Josh Ostrovsky, aka The Fat Jew or The Fat Jewish, is making that rarest transition from pudgy social media comic to fashion model.

Self-avowedly rotund, The Fat Jew, 30, recently signed a deal to join the statuesque likes of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli and Karolina Kurkova at One Management agency, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

He shared his long-term plans with the magazine: “Get uncomfortably famous, develop a raging drug problem, then spiral out of control and surround myself with people who only want to use me while simultaneously alienating people who actually love and care about me.”

Other The Fat Jew endeavors include TV shows for Amazon and Comedy Central, a wine line called White Girl Rosé and a forthcoming book titled “Money Pizza Respect.”

“One of the first chapters is about how my mom slept with famous children’s poet Shel Silverstein in the early 1970s, and how I recently got a paternity test done because I want him to be my dad so bad. If that’s not reason enough to read this book, I don’t know what is,” he said.

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The Fat Jew is in fact Jewish. He grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, with a radiologist father and a nutritionist mother. His brother is an amateur bodybuilder who works at the Pentagon.

He once told the New York Times that he doesn’t draw on “Jewish humor.” But he said he favors the rude, in-your-face style of comedians like Joan Rivers, and he certainly makes use of the Jewish brand. He calls his pointy ponytail a “Jew unicorn.”

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Asked about The New York Post calling him “the model of the moment,” The Fat Jew told The Hollywood Reporter, “It feels gorgeous. I knew that having a mediocre body would one day become the new having a great body, and that time has finally arrived. Those lines you get when you’re super fit that point toward your genitals are way out, having a body like Shrek is way in.”

He said he intends to continue his pure carbohydrate diet, claiming to be eating a Hot Pocket during the interview, and hopes that the industry will begin to accommodate his dietary needs backstage at fashion shows. He suggested a Marc Jacobs nacho machine.

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