Exclusive Feature: Young Model Dorian Reeves Talks Modelling Career and Current Fashion Industry

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


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Blazer and double-layered jacket by Salvatore Ferragamo, trousers by Dior Homme, shoes by Prada, hat by Fingers Crossed

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Coat and shearling vest by Prada, trousers by Louis Vuitton, sunglasses by Mykita

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.

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Blazer and shoes by Z Zegna, T-shirt by Rochambeau, scarf by Louis Vuitton, trousers by Prada

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Coat by Louis Vuitton, trousers by Dior Homme, shoes by Z Zegna

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 realized the gravity of the opportunity in front me, after that I simply followed my dream”


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Jacket by Z Zegna, trousers by Rochambeau, boots by Salvatore Ferragamo

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Coat and sweater by Z Zegna, trousers by Louis Vuitton

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.


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


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Denim coat, shirt and shoes by Dior Homme, trousers by Prada

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Shirt by Dior Homme, trousers, scarf and shoes by Louis Vuitton, sunglasses by Mykita

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!


Photography Gregory Vaughn

Styling Beau Barela

Hair Styling Gerald Decock using Oribe Hair Care

Grooming Michael Anthony

Model Dorian ReevesSoul Artist Management

Digital Imaging Breno De Faria