Afghanistan War Veteran Becomes Fashion Model
In April 2005 when Sergeant Shane Duffy was deployed to Afghanistan, the last thing on his mind was fashion, let alone being a fashion model. Life took an unexpected turn when Duffy was scouted by a modeling agency in New York City and shortly thereafter met designer Daniel Dolce in Brooklyn, NY. Immediately, Shane Duffy became the face of Daniel Dolce's Italian line of better men's neckwear and accessories.
With this Shane Duffy became the first American Afghan war veteran to be featured in a major fashion advertising campaign.
Shane Duffy was born in the Republic of Panama to 1975's Miss Panama and his father, a US Army officer. He grew up in Austin, Texas and achieved a double major degree in computer information systems and business management from Texas State University.
While in the army, Duffy served as a military occupational specialist (MOS)- 25B (Information Systems Operator Analyst) and was stationed at Forward Operation Base Salerno, Afghanistan near the Afghan-Pakistani border. Throughout his tour Duffy volunteered for numerous humanitarian missions, delivering food, clothing and medical supplies to remote villages recently liberated from Taliban insurgency.SGT Duffy has been awarded the Expert Badge in Rifle and Grenade, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He also was the Distinguished Honor Graduate for both Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, graduating number 1 in his class.
In addition to the Daniel Dolce - Italy line he has become a successful model in New York City, Miami, LA and Panama and is also becoming a well known hand model. He has just been contracted to become the Marlboro Man International.
Mr. Dolce stated "Shane has the perfect international look for the quality and sophistication that my line represents. I was very happy to offer a combat veteran an opportunity to become an important face in fashion.