DO keep your eyes on Bruck Tekle

Ac­tu­ally, it’s hard not to! The Eritrean model is melt­ing hearts from NYC to CT. Here’s why.

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Born in Germany to Eritrean par­ents, all Bruck wanted was to be­come a bas­ket­ball player. Michael Jordan was his hero, and when he ar­rived in New York in 2006 he wanted to pur­sue a schol­ar­ship in the sport. Modelling was far from his mind, but when his dream was crushed friends sug­gested he pur­sue it. Af­ter build­ing a port­fo­lio, he started do­ing free­lance work to get the ball rolling. A year later, he walked into Images NYC with a friend and, well, the rest is his­tory. The 35-year-old’s work has ranged from the stylish pages of US GQ to the run­ways of NYFW and cam­paigns for Nike, Black Lapel and Gowa­ter. Your dream be­hind-the-scenes fash­ion show to visit? Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret! Your favourite de­signer? YSL gives you in­stant swag with­out try­ing, for both gen­ders. Your worst house­hold chore? Clean­ing win­dows is a pain in the butt. Your favourite Eritrean dish? Dorho zeb­hie: a chicken stew with boiled eggs, served with thin in­jera bread. There are a lot of Eritrean restau­rants around the world but no one makes it bet­ter than my mom. Your style? Con­tem­po­rary. I en­joy dress­ing down but I can look clean cut when the sit­u­a­tion calls for it. Style ad­vice from your mom or dad? My dad likes to look ex­pen­sive. Peo­ple would al­ways say, “Your dad is one sharp dude.” My mom is stylish but knows when to tone it down. So I fol­low in her foot­steps. It’s not al­ways nec­es­sary to be OTT. Your style hero? Jim Moore, the cre­ative di­rec­tor of US GQ. This man is fash­ion! Your crush? When I saw Jes­sica Alba in Dark An­gel, I was smit­ten. Where do you plan to be in five years? Plans can change, as long as I’m pro­gress­ing, that’s suc­cess.

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