He was discovered by a photographer at a "Dairy Queen" and he has worked for Calvin Klein, Versace, and Hugo Boss, and has become one of the elite models in male model industry.
Model for Boss Models. The same agency that represented Marcus Schenkenberg, who is considered to be the first male supermodel. Joel was often dubbed "Baby Marcus".
His favorite musical artists include James Taylor, Milla Jovovich, Marvin Gaye, and the Indigo Girls.
Attended Indianola High School.
His mother, Jan Gipple, is a veterinary technician. She and his father, Rob West, divorced in 1989.