Tell us about yourself
My name is Yvesmark Chery, I am from Philadelphia, PA and I am 21 years old. I'm Haitian-American and I am one of six siblings. A fun fact about me is that I have been boxing since the sixth grade.
What inspired you to become a model?
My girlfriend, who models, inspired me to be a model. When we started talking, she always complimented me on my facial features. She used to go on about how I would be a perfect model. In my head, I'm thinking she's the cutest thing for trying to boost my self-confidence. One day when she was signing up for a model casting, she said: "Yvesmark, you're doing this with me." I said "Sure," and from there the rest is history.
Is modeling your sole profession or do you juggle another career or school on the side?
Modeling is something I do on the side for right now. Currently, I am a senior at The Pennsylvania State University and plan on going into the I.T industry. So as of right now, I'm just going with the flow of things.
What kind of model do you inspire to be?
Due to my height, I typically look more into editorial and commercial shoots. Runway and fashion male models are usually taller. However, I am open to trying anything.
What kind of creativity or style do you bring to your career?
Being a male model with Vitiligo, I believe that it brings creativity or style to my career. If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything. My Vitiligo shows people that they shouldn't let others standards define their own. Some people despise my skin condition. If I had let those few people dictate my decisions, I would not be where I am today. My skin condition is an opportunity to send a message to others about defining your own standards whether it is their beauty, relationship, or moral standards.
What agency or agencies do you aspire to work with?
I aspire to work with the IMG modeling agency. I'm the type of person who aspires to be the best at whatever I do. I see that many top models work with the IMG agency, as a result, I will go after the best agency that breeds great talent.
What fashion talents, brands would you like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with brands such as ZARA or Forever 21. Not only because I love their clothing, but because the clothing fits my style/personality. Street Etiquette is also a dope organization. Street Etiquette is an editorial journal composed of everyday experiences of two photographers. I remember being in high school and doing a lot of research on the photographers because I loved their style.
What challenges have you faced so far in your modeling career?
I would say my height would be one of my biggest challenges so far. There were times where photographers or brands would initially be interested in me, then would ask for my height. After they found out my height, they would typically move on to the next candidate, unfortunately.
How do you cope with the pressures of being a model?
I don't really feel pressures as a model. Maybe that is due to my status as a freelance model.
What magazines do you aspire to be published in?
I aspire to be published in GQ. I love everything that the magazine stands for. In addition, I also consider myself a gentleman which adds to why I would love to be a part of GQ.
How did you feel when you did your first ever fashion show or photo shoot?
My first ever photo shoot, I was very very nervous. I was modeling for an agency called SAUCED Models at the time. When I walked in, the director of the shoot was so excited. Throughout the whole shoot, he was very encouraging saying that my skin condition makes me unique and that he sees great potential in me.
Currently, I have 3 favorite photographers, Vasi (IG: vshootz), Naheem (IG: @350px), and Jarred (IG: xander.foto). Mainly due to their work, personality on set, and creativity. I recommend you follow them on Instagram and check out their great work.
Do you have a favorite model or someone you look up to?
I do not have a favorite model or someone I look up to. However, I constantly ask for advice from models who I see are well known or are well-established in the industry.
What would you say to someone who has a negative view of modeling?
I would ask them why they have a negative view of modeling and depending on their answer, my response might differ.
What influence do you want to have on individuals who will look up to you as a role model?
I want them to be able to see me and say to themselves -"if he can do that, I can do it as well." I want people to know that the only person stopping them from reaching their goal is themselves.
Outside of modeling, what are other life goals you have?
Outside of modeling, I plan to work in the I.T industry and I'm also thinking about ways to create passive income. I want to live a life where I do not need to trade my time for money.
What changes do you want to make in the modeling world?
I want to destroy some of the industry standards and the industry perception of beauty.
What advise would you give young individuals who want to become models?
Do your research! Practice posing in the mirror, so you get comfortable in displaying particular emotions or ideas when necessary. Understand the modeling aspect and the photography aspect of the industry as well, because understanding lighting or angles makes shoots go much smoother.