VACAVILLE — Dilpreet Virk has a dream of working in Hollywood and/or Bollywood.
He took a step toward that goal Tuesday, getting in line at 3 a.m. to be part of an “America’s Next Top Model” casting call in Vacaville.
The 23-year-old Fairfield High School graduate was prepared. His paperwork was in order, he easily met the 5-foot-10-inch minimum height requirement for men and had already experienced another casting call for the same show.
And, he said he believes diversity is on his side.
“If Miss America is Indian, why can’t America’s top model be?” Virk asked rhetorically.
Once through the door at Blake Austin College in Vacaville, Virk made his way to the second floor for a head and body shot. He conversed with fellow contestants, including Kelsey Clark of Livermore. At 6 feet 3 inches, she was just a few inches taller.
From there, Virk headed off to a video interview, followed by a swimsuit photo session in his boxers.
His gray socks, with football markings, were quite the hit. Some of his fellow contestants took to calling him, “America’s Next Sock Model.”
Within 45 minutes, he was done.
“I feel pretty confident,” he said, standing by the exit door.
Virk’s confidence never wavered. He’s not the same shy kid he was in high school.
“I had to break out of it,” he said.
Virk was also proud to share that he held the title of Mr. India North America and Mr. India Globe, both in 2010.
“I want to do this for a career,” he said. “I won’t give up. ”
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