Aziz Ansari Is One of the Beautiful People

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Aziz Ansari is on the cover of Paper Mag’s Beautiful People issue, and he is looking painfully dapper. Not that he necessarily sees it that way. “If you had a photo of that table, you’d have been like, ‘who Photoshopped those dudes in there? That was a really good job!’” Aziz jokes about hanging out with Kanye West and a platoon of models at Fashion Week. Ansari also talks about keeping his momentum as an artist (“I feel more inspired in New York I think”) and poses for a gallery you can print out at FedEx Office for your fantasy comedy boyfriend photo album.

Ansari also discusses how he avoided getting cast in stereotypical Indian-American roles: “In the beginning, I would get called in to audition for parts like that, but I always said no. It just became clear that, ‘OK, he’s not going to do that.’” Explains Aziz explains, “If you want to star in a movie, you shouldn’t play a guy with a thick accent working at a deli. They’re not making movies about that guy.” They should, however, make a movie about this guy. Or more realistically, a movie about Randy, Kanye and their army of model buddies. Guest starring Ms. Anna Wintour!