Meet The Models: Five New Boys From NYC

Boy, hi.

Photographer Rafael Martinez captures five fresh faces on the streets of NYC.

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David Yang @ HEROES

Age: 24

Where are you from? Glasgow, Scotland. My heritage is Chinese.

Star sign: Leo.

Currently listening: Chris Isaak – Wicked Game

What do you do? Model, Write, Travel.

Favourite and worst thing about living in NYC? The constant smell of pizza (great) and garbage (not great).

Top 3 music artists: Fleetwood Mac, Chet Baker, Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Your favourite album of all time: ABBA’s Greatest Hits

If you could meet any historical character, who would that be? Marcel Proust.

What scares you the most? Bland food.

Most memorable fashion moment: The entire 1970s.

Best piece of advice you ever received? Anything from a fortune cookie.

Who do you look up to? My cat. He’s huge.

Favourite youtube video: The ‘How It’s Made’ videos. As if you didn’t want to know how a lava lamp was made.

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Darron Clarke @ IMG

Age: 21

Where are you from? Trinidad and Tobago.

Star sign: Leo

Currently listening: Fever Ray’s new album.

What do you do? Sculpt and paint.

Favourite and worst thing about living in NYC? Favourite thing is the diverse culture. Worst thing is when people walk very slow on the sidewalks.

Top 3 music artists: Lykke Li, Morrissey and Amy Winehouse.

Your favourite album of all time: Lykke Li – I Never Learn

If you could meet any historical character, who would that be? Walt Disney.

What scares you the most? Black birds.

Most memorable fashion moment: When Alek Wek took her wig off at the Betsy Johnson show.

Best piece of advice you ever received? Be confident in everything you do.

Who do you look up to? My Dad.

Favourite youtube video: None in particular, whatever’s entertaining.

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Yvens Mendes @ Red Model Management

Age: 21

Where are you from: I am from Haiti. I came here when I was 7 years old. Now I live in Brooklyn. I am a Brooklyn boy!

Star sign: Sagittarius What do you do? Full time student and full time model.

Favourite and worst thing about living in NYC? Worst is delays on the trains, favourite is 42 Street.

Top 3 music artists: Migos, Kanye and Sam Cook.

Your favourite album of all time: I don’t have a favourite album but right now I would have to say…. Jay Z 4:44

If you could meet any historical character, who would that be? I would love to meet my grandmother. She passed away before I could meet her.

Most memorable fashion moment: My presentation with…

Best piece of advice you ever received? The key is to be responsible for you actions especially when there are negative consequences.

Who do you look up to? LeBron James.

Favourite youtube video: My favourite channel is World Star.

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Malik Alain – unsigned

Age: 22

Where are you from? San Francisco, CA.

Star sign: Taurus.

Currently listening: Nothing, my headphones are broken.

What do you do? I’m a model and a photographer.

Favourite and worst thing about living in NYC? Favourite is that you’re never alone, worst is that everything is harder.

Top 3 music artists: Lauryn Hill, Beyoncé, Lana del Rey.

Your favourite album of all time: The miseducation by Lauryn Hill

If you could meet any historical character, who would that be? Makeda aka The Queen of Sheba.

What scares you the most? Snakes and failure.

Most memorable fashion moment: Balenciaga FW 07 runway show.

Best piece of advice you ever received? Count your own checks.

Who do you look up to? My parents, Snejana Onopka, Phoebe Philo, Nicolas Ghesquière.

Favourite youtube video: “Cloud is out”

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Jordan Legessa @ HEROES

Age: 25

Where are you from? France.

Star sign: Virgo.

Currently listening: Wave sound.

What do you do? Walking and collect butterflies.

Favourite and worst thing about living in NYC? The worst for the unconditional blue ash horizon and favourite is to escape her and explore the nature around the city.

Top 3 music artists: Ustad Allauddin Khan, Art Tatum, Paganini.

Your favourite album of all times: La Journée de l’existence (Ivan Wyschnegradsky)

If you could meet any historical character, who would that be? The first man on earth.

What scares you the most? The sky falling on.

Most memorable fashion moment: In Italy on the set of Missoni, the morning with bells and a frog.

Best piece of advice you ever received? To be in time.

Who do you look up to? –

Favourite youtube video: Part in my playlist, is a whole sound.

Photography and Casting: Rafael Martinez
Assistant: Tammy Bae

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