WHILE studying law at university, working as a paralegal in Sydney and pursuing a modelling career, Ryan Channing has managed to find some time for a day at the races.
Channing will strut his stuff at a star-studded event at the Royal Randwick Racecourse tomorrow as an official ambassador for The Star casino alongside his Olympian boyfriend Ian Thorpe and TV personalities Carissa Walford and Krit Schmidt.
“The highlight of it is that it’s a fun day to socialise… Ian’s going to be there as well,” he told the Star Observer.
“I’m looking forward to going to the after party because Guy Sebastian is performing. I’ve never met him or seen him perform and I used to watch him on Australian Idol.”
Perth-born Channing left school at 17 and was soon travelling the world working as a model before he discovered a passion for law.
“I went to Sydney first, then Singapore, London, Milan and New York. I got interested (in law) by how clothing and fashions houses would patent things,” he said.
Developing a keen eye for style, Channing said shades of blue and grey were the hot colours for the Autumn racing season.
“For the guys this season, if they want to take out and win the Fashion on the Fields they should wear grey or blue suits, any shade of blue is good,” he said.
“And because everyone’s is wearitng suits, men should mix it up and stand out by wearing a textured, knitted tie or a burgundy bow tie.”
Channing said he was a proud, out gay man who is looking to help out young LGBTI communities and has invited LGBTI organisations to take him up on his offer of help.
“My coming out story is not very exciting because my parents are open and supportive. But I know it’s harder for some people,” he said.
“It’s definitely something I want to put out there, I want to aspire to put more time into improving things for the youth.”