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FROM A YOUNG AGE, DO­RIAN REEVES KNEW MOD­EL­LING WAS IN HIS FU­TURE; HE JUST HAD TO GO FOR IT. HE TELLS DA MAN STYLE THE STORY SO FAR

DA MAN - Style - - Contents - Photographs by Gre­gory Vaughan

From a young age, Do­rian Reeves knew that mod­el­ing was in his fu­ture. He just had to go for it.

Do­rian Reeves may be only 21, but he al­ready has a ma­ture head on his shoul­ders. Yet de­spite al­ready mod­el­ling for Calvin Klein and walk­ing for Ver­sace, he re­mains grounded and fo­cused on the next step in which he hopes to em­ploy his cre­ative side. An adren­a­line junkie who gets around his newly-adopted home­town of New York City on his roller skates, skate­board or fixie— Cana­dian-born Reeves is go­ing places fast.

DA MAN: What made you de­cide to com­mit to mod­el­ling at such a young age?

Do­rian Reeves: I re­al­ized the grav­ity of the op­por­tu­nity in front me, after that I sim­ply fol­lowed my dream.

DA: What at­tributes do mod­els need most?

DR: 4 P’s: Per­son­al­ity, Pro­fes­sion­al­ism, Pa­tience and Per­sis­tence.

DA: Get­ting started as a young pro­fes­sional in the in­dus­try, what did you have to learn?

DR: Quite a lot, but mostly I’ve learned how to trust the process and to be pa­tient at all times. But I’m grate­ful for ev­ery up and down. Ev­ery­thing that hap­pens is a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

DA: What are your thoughts on the fash­ion in­dus­try in its cur­rent form?

DR: Well, it’s still about hand­shakes, con­nec­tions and pol­i­tics, but the in­dus­try has been forced to embrace things like so­cial me­dia, which gives mod­els a great way to pro­mote them­selves.

DA: Who is your fa­vorite fash­ion de­signer to work with? DR:

Er­manno Scervino.

“I’m grate­ful for ev­ery up and down. ev­ery­thing that hap­pens is a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence”

DA: What is the most ex­cit­ing project you have ever been in­volved in? DR: It would have to be shoot­ing the Revo­lu­tion cover of Vogue Italia, shot by Steven Meisel who is a joy to work with.

DA: Out of all places you’ve been to for mod­el­ing jobs, which one is the most mem­o­rable? DR: Of all the places I’ve trav­eled, New York has my heart. Born in Canada but made in Amer­ica!

DA: What is it in mod­el­ing that you still want to achieve? DR: I’m in­ter­ested in get­ting more cre­ative projects— John Paul Goude’s project with Grace Jones, for ex­am­ple, blew me away.

DA: What do you get up to in your down time? DR: Rollerblad­ing! I’ve been on my rollerblades or fixie (fixed gear bike) non­stop for the past cou­ple of months. I can’t seem to get enough!

DA: If you weren’t a model, what would you be do­ing? DR: If I wasn’t mod­el­ling, I would be in school on my way to be­com­ing a den­tist. Yes, I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated with den­tistry!

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