The 25-year-old signed with IMG Models, which also represents Gisele Bündchen, Cara Delevingne and Bella and Gigi Hadid. James shared the same photo on social media, writing how he is "beyond grateful for the opportunity." He also thanked his aunt for "showing me the way."
Judging from his Instagram handle, the aspiring model is just going by “James Turlington” in his new profession. Formerly, he was a relief pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but announced his departure from baseball last week. "I’ll never forget the experiences, life lessons and friendships that came with playing the greatest game," he shared on Instagram. "But as one chapter ends, another begins. Excited to start this new chapter and continue to grow and evolve as a person."
We have a feeling this new gig might work out for him.
Christy Turlington in recent years
Christy Turlington in recent years
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 13: Christy Turlington walks the runway at the Marc Jacobs Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2019-2020 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 04: Christy Turlington attends the Chanel Metiers D'Art 2018/19 Show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 04, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Christy Turlington is seen wearing a Chanel outfit outside the Chanel Metiers D'Art 2018/19 show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Christy Turlington attends the 2018 International Women's Media Foundation's Courage In Journalism Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Helena Christensen, Iman, and Christy Turlington attend the Stephan Weiss Apple Awards at Urban Zen on October 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Urban Zen)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Christy Turlington Burns attends the 2018 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards at Stephan Weiss Studio on October 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
PIER 17, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/08/09: Christy Turlington Burns attends BlogHer18 creators summit Women inspiring women at Pier 17. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Christy Turlington (L) and Edward Burns attend SiriusXM's private concert with U2 at The Apollo Theater as the band takes a one night detour from the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018 on June 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Actor, writer and director Ed Burns and wife, model and activist Christy Turlington attend the premiere of "Summertime" with Tribeca Talks: Storytellers during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Christy Turlington attends the H&M celebration of 2018 Conscious Exclusive collection at John Lautner's Harvey House on April 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for H&M)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Christy Turlington is seen on the street attending EDUN during New York Fashion Week wearing a beige/white sweater with grey slacks and brown bag on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Christy Turlington attends The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit presented by CHANEL: A Tribute to Julianne Moore at MOMA on November 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Museum Of Modern Art)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Christy Nicole Turlington Burns attends the Caron Renaissance event and screening of "Drugfree" on October 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Caron)
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Model Christy Turlington Burns attends a special dinner at Borchardt Restaurant on September 21, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images)
GREENWICH, CT - JUNE 01: Christy Turlington speaks on stage during the Changemaker Honoree Gala during the Greenwich International Film Festival on June 1, 2017 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival)