Yesterday I traversed the icy winds to sit down with SMU’s very own Dustin Drai. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic… who wouldn’t want to spend an evening with SMUstyle’s most eligible bachelor?! Once arriving at the FIJI fraternity house, we got right to business.
Name: Dustin Drai
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
SK: So Dustin, tell our readers a little bit about yourself— what was it like growing up in Los Angeles?
DD: It was a ton of fun growing up in LA. You get the opportunity to meet of ton of great people. I went to high school where it was normal to see a famous person’s face every day. Life in LA is different than Dallas though: it’s very fast paced.
SK: Do you feel that your hometown and lifestyle back in LA has influenced your style? If so, how?
DD: Yes. A lot of fashion comes out of LA so that has definitely influenced me. My style is very trendy: I don’t wear Sperry’s and never would. You’ll catch most guys around campus wearing plain blue tees or something like that. I’m very flashy. I love crazy t-shirts: flowers, neon, metallics— most things you don’t see guys wearing around campus. Had I not been from LA, I don’t know how much of that I’d be wearing on my own.
SK: Clearly we are interviewing you for a reason: you are SMU’s most eligible bachelor. Do you think you are deserving of this title? Why or why not?
DD: Oh yeah! 100%! Because I haven’t found the right girl yet, I would agree I’m an eligible bachelor. I’m a very loving person so maybe that day will come soon.
SK: What do you think your reputation around campus is with the ladies? With the boys?
DD: Oh god….. Like I said, I think that I am a very outgoing and loving guy and the girls enjoy being around me. I believe they enjoy my company because they know I always have a good time. As for guys, I’m friends with everyone— I don’t have any enemies. Or at least I don’t think I do….
SK: Let’s talk love. Valentine’s Day Plans?
DD: No plans besides just going out with the boys. We’re going to meet up with some friends, so who knows what could happen?
SK: Now, let’s get cheesy. If you did have someone special in your life, what would be the ideal date?
DD: Oh I have this down. Pick her up in a limo with champagne on ice and roses waiting. Take her to an extremely nice restaurant with a private table set in the back. We would have a great meal and then after, I’d find a fun spot or show to check out. Los Angeles is famous for awesome lookouts in the mountains with great views or the City or Valley. Here in Dallas, that might be a little more difficult to find. After, I would either book us a beautiful hotel room or take her home depending on how the night goes. [Such a gentlemen, we cry.]
SK: Lastly, since this is a fashion blog after all (although we are known for posting some swoon-worthy men), what fashions do you find most attractive on women? When you walk into Avenu on a Friday night, what outfit makes you stop, say hello, and offer that all-powerful cheek kiss and bear hug that makes the ladies melt?
DD: Today’s fashion is so different— it used to be only about who was wearing the shortest or tightest dress at the club. Now a girl could rock anything from jeans with high heels and a cool top to a jumper one-piece. Fashion changes every day and I think my personal preferences adapt with it. Honestly though, as long as a girl looks confident in what she’s wearing, it doesn’t really matter. It’s not the clothes that make me stop and say hello, it’s the girl herself.
Now ladies, this isn’t all about the man— we interviewed a couple of you and got the word from the street:
Why we love him
“Dustin is such a little charmer. I always look forward to that kiss on the cheek whenever I see him!”
“Ultimate hunk. So sexy with his hair all gelled.”
“Dustin’s great! He knows how to show everyone a good time!”
And a little Mean Girl reference never hurt anybody….
“I saw Dustin wearing army pants and flip flops… so I bought army pants and flip flops.”
Why we don’t
“Well he’s hooked up with all my roommates but I’d still be down…”
“He calls himself Mr. Las Vegas but he doesn’t even live there.” [SMUstyle got the skinny: He works and lives out there during the summer!]
“Why I don’t like Dustin? Because I don’t stand a chance. But one can always dream…”
After changing out of his snappy suit, Dustin was off to Dedman for a quick workout before hitting up Fondren for a late-night study sesh. With a tight hug and a kiss on the check, my day with Dustin Drai was done.
Photos by Shelly Knutson