The 21-year-old man who pranced around naked on the red staircase in Times Square before plunging to the ground has been identified as an international runway fashion model based in New York City.
Krit McClean of Manhattan bared it all and shouted out “Donald Trump, where are you?!” during the hour-plus bizarre display that stopped morning rush-hour traffic and drew hundreds of bystanders just before 8 a.m.
Witnesses said that McClean – wearing a yellow shirt and black pants – first screamed at a random woman, took off his wristwatch, threw it at her and then disrobed near the Disney store at West 46th Street.
The handsome 6-foot-2, 30-inch waist model briefly put his clothes back on before he stripped again and dashed up the red stairs on top of the TKTS booth at West 47th Street and Seventh Avenue, shouting obscenities, according to witnesses.
“Donald Trump where are you, Donald Trump where the f–k are you?!” he shouted from a ledge on top of the stairs, about 20 feet above the pavement.
McClean, whose personal blog says that he was born in Bangkok and grew up in New York City, spat at officers, taunted them, pulled on his penis and performed some sort of work-out routine while atop the ledge.
He attended the elite Stuyvesant High School in Tribeca before moving on to Columbia University for his bachelor’s degree, his lifestyle blog says.
McClean’s LinkedIn page lists that he attended Amherst College from 2012 to 2016 where he played soccer as a forward.
“My style is inspired by experiences and interests including: sneakerhead culture, extensive travel through Asia, urban street-wear, art, hip-hop, and modeling,” his blog says.
“The primary intention of this space is to showcase my aesthetic and lifestyle, though my larger message is to live life as your own individual. Be yourself, be open, be interested, be interesting, and dream!”
He also wrote on his blog, “Fashion is personal and subjective. To me, an outfit is a way to express your aesthetic to the surrounding world, but more importantly, to yourself. Ignore the noise- enjoy wearing what makes you happy!”
McClean, who has a large elephant tattooed on his ribcage, has appeared in runway shows for high-end brands like Versace and Dolce & Gabbana and has also been featured in several magazines including Out.
He even professed his love for fashion while on the ledge, screaming out, “I love fashion, it’s taught me so much!”
He also dropped the names of two iconic fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino.
Bystanders gathered with their cell phones up in the air to watch the scene unfold as officers triedto established a dialogue with McClean to no avail.
“He must be high – you can see he’s not well,” said Denise Spatarella, 60, of the Lower East Side.
Another observer who would only identify herself as Emily said, “I left work for this!”
After more than an hour of the peculiar display, McClean ran and jumped from the ledge, narrowly missing the massive airbag that police deployed.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries in stable condition.