Muhammad Ali’s grandson is taking the family name in a new direction. Moving away from sports, Biaggio Ali Walsh is ready to conquer the modelling world.
The 17-year-old, who is the son of Rasheda Ali, just landed a deal with Wilhelmina Models, which is known as one of the world’s top modelling agencies and manages big stars such as Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato.
On Monday, Ali Walsh made the announcement on Twitter:
So excited that I signed with Wilhelmina Models! Thank you and I'm excited to work with you guys! @Wilhelmina— BIAGGIO ALI WALSH (@BiaggioAli1234) June 14, 2016
In response to the deal, an agent at Wilhelmina told TMZ, “He has a great look. He's a well-rounded person. That's what we look for.”
This is certainly a new direction for Ali Walsh, as he previously made headlines for his athletic abilities, just like his grandfather.
Ali Walsh is a star on Bishop Gorman High School’s football team in Las Vegas and was deemed one of the fastest running backs in the U.S. last year. According to Business Insider, the teen can run a 4.38-second 40-yard dash.
Earlier this month, the 17-year-old was also named Las Vegas Review-Journal's Male Athlete of the Year. At a banquet in his honour, Ali Walsh spoke about his sporting achievements and his famous late grandfather.
“He would have been very proud and would have loved to have been here,” the footballer said. “I do my best to take after him in many ways, mostly his hard work and dedication. I want to build my own legacy, and I feel like he passed the torch down to all of us.”
“There will never be another Muhammad Ali. Ever,” he continued. “But in making a name for myself, I want to make him proud. I think he would be.”
Ali passed away on June 4 after suffering respiratory issues due to his Parkinson’s. He was 74 years old.
Following his death, Ali Walsh, as well as the rest of his family, took to social media to remember the boxing legend. In the teen’s Instagram post, he revealed that he is dedicating his senior football season to his beloved grandfather.
You are the greatest person to walk the face of the Earth. Your dedication and hard work inspired the entire world. My senior football season is dedicated to you Poppy. You are my idol and it's not often that your idol is also your relative. You are in a better place and you are no longer suffering now. God bless you forever. The Greatest Of All Time. My Poppy.... I love you.
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