Sometimes happiness can be a stick of gum — that is, if it's Wrigley's Doublemint and you and your twin brother are featuring it on national television.
And that's just what St. Thomas' Sullivan twins, Ivan and Isaiah, will be seen doing this fall.
As if that weren't enough of a feather in their cap(s), the two young men appear in this month's issue of Details, the slick, new men's magazine, sporting shirt and tie combos. And not any old shirts and ties, mind you, but Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew and such. They can be seen on page 68.
This is pretty exciting stuff for the popular 21 year olds who grew up on St. Thomas, two of a family of seven.
They attended Anglican and Sts. Peter and Paul schools. After graduation they became known around the island restaurant's scene waiting tables at Cafe Amici, Banana Tree Grille and the recently closed Zorba's, and this was a useful source of income.
However, their hearts were not in the kitchen; they wanted to be seen as models, not waiters.
The runway looked far more rewarding than the galley.
To this end, they have been quite active models on the local scene, appearing in the Daily News' Lookin' Good section, and in Flair magazine where they were featured in the center spread and on the cover.
They also have done some modeling for the downtown men's shop Testani Uomo, where they appeared in a series of ads by local photographer Edward Jones. However, though St. Thomas is many things, it is not the fashion mecca of the world and greener pastures beckoned.
Their father, Ivan David, is thrilled with their career progress so far.
"God gave them the talent, but it's up to them to do something with it. And sometimes that just takes guts," David said.
A bit of intestinal fortitude contributed to their move to New York last year. Each twin has a future career in mind — Ivan in medicine and Isaiah in law — but both determined to first try to break into the "Big Time" in the Big Apple. And so far, so good.
If they haven't exactly taken New York by storm, they certainly have a foot in the door with the Wrigley commercial, for which a viewing schedule has not yet been set. However, they haven't give up their day jobs. Ivan waits tables at "The Coffee Shop" in Greenwich Village, purported to be "hot," frequented by the jet set, and Isaiah works nearby at the fashionable restaurant, Luna.
If exposure is important as they say, the boys haven't missed a beat. It all has a positive ring to it, a carnival beat perhaps.