A 21-year-old Florentine man voted
Italy's most handsome four years ago has abandoned his dreams of
showbiz or fashion stardom to train for the priesthood.
Edoardo Santini said in a video on social media Saturday he had "felt my vocation" after years of studying dramatic arts and dance in preparation for his childhood ambitions to become a star on the screen or catwalk.
"At 21 years of age I find myself on the path towards becoming a priest, God willing," said Santini after entering a seminary near Florence.
"I've decided to give up modelling work, acting and dance, but I won't abandon all my passions, I'll just live them differently," he said, "offering them up to God".
Santini, also a champion swimmer,was voted Italy's most beautiful man in 2019, at the age of 17, in a pageant organised by fashion group ABE.
photo: the Florence Baptistery
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