Eugene Cho

my modeling career

Most of you probably don’t know this but I use to have a career as a model. You might have guessed it for the obvious reasons which I don’t have to go into because part of my tagline for my blog is “…walk with humility.”

It was a short lived career that no one really knew about with the exception of my mirror but I’m thinking of getting back into it and took this incredible photo below for submission to modeling agencies.

Folks have been asking about the infamous ODW shirt that first made its public appearance in a New York Times article recently so here it is. Our ODW shop is now open and just in time for the holiday season. We currently have t-shirts ($20) and Logo Stickers available for sale ($2, $5, or $10 depending on quantity).

You not only help support our cause and organization but 100% of all profits from the sale of merchandise go to fund projects and organizations that alleviate extreme global poverty.

* T-shirts are made on American Apparel shirts
* Light saber not included
* You’re also welcome to stop by the ODW office to pick them up for yourself for those in Seattle.
* The t-shirts are this year’s version of the Tickle Me Elmo toy that was so hot in 2003.
* Your momma wants one.

Support the cause. Buy a shirt. Invest in a project. Leave the dark side and use the force for good.

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12 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    LOL… my pastor would do that in a heartbeat!! So you are in good hands… 😀

  2. Matt says:

    can you turn left? and do you think you’ll be able to beat out hansel and derek this year for the male model of the year?

  3. Tony says:

    You said light saber not included… what about the Vader mask? This is awesome. I really dig the t-shirt. Whoever designed it deserves props.

  4. Kim says:

    YOU are crazy!🙂 OK…I’ll buy a shirt! Really was waiting for them to be available! Thanks!

  5. eliseanne says:


    I love ODW and am so glad you got the store going!!

    But is it too late to reconsider the American Apparel line? I know they do great sweatshop free work and try to be sustainable. But that company, and namely its CEO, put forth a strong sexist image and mantra. The degrading of women is rampant.

    Here’s a blurp from my blog about them –

    •The CEO of American Apparel clothing line acts like a sex addict who sets up his work place that just invites sexual harrassment lawsuits. He walks around in underwear often (one time coming to a business meeting wearing only a sock – thankfully covering something more important than a foot), has sex with lots of employees, encourages discussions of sexual things in the work place, and even performed sexual acts during an interview with a magazine in front of the reporter. It is all a part of the brand’s edgy style to meet 20somethings who are open and explorative about sex, and it matches with their advertising creativity (sidebar ads on facebook and other young adult popular sites).

    Check out this article from 2006 for more info about it.

    I feel like needing to qualify that I am not angry or asking for anything, but, I’m trying to learn that anger at companies like this is ok. And that i dont have to stay silent on these things because i am a woman or because my freedom is less important.

    Ok thanks for listening🙂


    • Eugene Cho says:

      thanks for the support and the note.

      honestly, i didn’t know. the folks who helped us with this recommended AA for their commitment to charity, employees, environment, etc.

      had no idea about the other stuff. pretty disturbing so we’ll definitely revisit it when we create the next batch of shirts.

      thanks for sharing that.

  6. charlestlee says:

    You’ll always be a model in my books. Come on, give me another pose🙂 Stud.

  7. Marc says:

    I should have picked up a couple shirts while on my recent visit.

  8. mrwcase says:

    I am excited for the arrival of my t-shirt, but can I also get an autographed copy of this picture? Haha…jk…but seriously….

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Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer. Seattle. 7:00pm. Desperately holding on to summer. #goldengardenpark #nofilter Happy Birthday, Minhee! I'm so grateful for you. You radiate faith, hope, and love. don't complete me. That would be silly and simply humanly impossible but you keep pointing me and our family to Christ who informs and transforms our lives, marriage, family, and ministry. Thanks for being so faithful. I love you so much. (* And what a gift to be in Korea together.)

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