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June 04, 2012  | by: Amanda Jones

Corey Baptiste

This fresh faced model is fairly new to the fashion industry but that hasn’t stopped him ranking #9 in Models.com top 50 male models. Corey Baptiste, 21, is a masculine model with a beautiful softness to his features. His brown eyes are complemented by long, dark lashes and slender eyebrows that draw one to gaze hypnotically into his eyes. He has been in a ton of top ads and even made history on the runway.

Discovered in 2010, and signed to VNY Models, Corey made his runway debut at that year’s 3.1 Phillip Lim show. Things took off from there. He tells Fashionisto, “As soon as I signed with VNY, my career just sky­rock­eted — from cam­paigns to edi­to­ri­als, to now an exclu­sive inter­view with Fash­ion­isto, yeah my life has def­i­nitely changed a bit, it has been a blessing.”

He’s modeled for DKNY, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Lacoste, Hermes, Calvin Klein, Missoni, John Galliano, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Giorgio Armani. Corey has been quoted as counting the last designer as one of his favorites. “One day I would love to be the face of Giorgio Armani,” he said in Vogue Italia. He’s already made a ton of progress in an industry that’s slowly but surely becoming more and more diverse.

Sean Kilkenny Photograph, DKNY Ad

He and fellow male model David Agbodji made headlines for being the opening and closing models of the Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan last year. Having two models of color start and finish the show, usually the most memorable parts of a runway show, was a big deal. There are more modeling jobs for women of color than men, a fact he noted in another interview, but one he hopes to change.

Outside of modeling he’d like to finish college or perhaps dive into acting. “My friends would describe me as goofy, silly, funny, and def­i­nitely corny. I like to crack jokes, that’s what I do. I just love to make peo­ple laugh. I think I would like to be that guy on the big screen that makes every­body crack up” (Fashionisto). While waiting for that big break into acting, Corey’s continuing his rise in the fashion world. Below is an interview he did with Vogue Italia for their Vogue Black section.

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