Je suis un boxer

Interview after interview, the answer is always: I am a boxer. I am talking about the current “IT” boy, Mr. Rob Evans of Major. After two Givenchy exclusives, one major campaign for the new CK One cologne advertisement, and several editorials in magazines such as The End and, most notably, L’Officiel Hommes, it is hard to believe that all of this tomfoolery was amassed in less than 7 months. 7 MONTHS. You just can’t escape his face or that BODY in any department store globally.

Well, before this boxer became the storm that hit America, Rob stopped by my Harlem studio for a go see late last summer. Now, I meet lots of faces: new, old, stretched, trannie and ‘other’ every week. And, I wasn’t so sure about Rob because we didn’t speak about modeling or taking pictures but of boxing. This reluctant model was so humble and so genuinely nice and knee slappingly funny. It is pretty zany to think back to that sweltering NYC day because neither one of us had any idea of what was to come. It seems that he has remained humble. But, more importantly, Rob might just be the first Black male model to rival, or, at least, have an honest chance of standing next to Tyson Beckford as a supermodel who happens to be Black. With no jinxing, let’s give it some time and enjoy the view. Congrats Rob.

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