Sep 19, 2014 4:39PM

Meet The Model: Michael Bailey-Gates @ Major

Scared of spiders, bro.

Michael Bailey-Gates used to play his school mascot, the Bucking Bronco and if he could choose to be any age he'd forever be a 90-year-old with a rocket powered wheel chair. For now he's just casually walking for labels like Eckhaus Latta and Jeremy Scott (in an amazing Shrek jumper) in NYFW. He's shaken his butt for Calvin Klein, appeared in Oyster #104 shot by Petra Collins, and now — it's high time we pick his brain. 

Jerico Mandybur: Where are you from and where are you currently living?
Mike Bailey-Gates: I live in a Brooklyn bed stay but I'm from Rhode Island.
Star Sign?
What were you into in high school?
I worked at a photo studio and watched a lot of movies. In school I was the gay art student, who was also the school mascot for some events, the Bucking Bronco.
In what ways have you changed since then?
I'm happier and I have more chest hair. There might be a connection there.
What did you do for your last birthday?
I had my 21st birthday for the third time in NYC, only this time it was really my 21st. I tried beer for the first time.
If you could choose to stay a certain age forever what would it be?
90 years old with a rocket-powered wheel chair.
If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose?
I'd have a monkey, so he could groom me.
What scares you most?
Spiders, bro.
Best piece of advice you ever received?
What is a skill you wish you possessed?
Composing music for floor gymnastics.
What fictional character to you most relate to, and why?
Drew Barrymore in Charlie's Angels because I want to sleep with a guy who owns a tug boat.
What celebrity do you have a crush on?
Legolas. Not orlando bloom, just Legolas.
Best Youtube clip you've ever seen?
Which three people (dead or alive) would be your dream party guests?
Freddy Mercury
Eartha Kitt
Jungle Pussy
Do you prefer crowds, small groups or being alone?
Alone. *puts up car window*
What's on rotation on your iPod at the moment?
Janis Joplin, The Clash, Dan Deacon and FKA twigs.
What did you want to be when you grow up?
A football player.
Will you send us a selfie?
Photography: Jenna Putnam
Stylist: Sheyna Imm
Model: Michael Bailey-Gates @ Major