A Fashion Model With an Activist Streak

Yves Mathieu-East uses his body as a mural to tell his story of being a Black, queer model, activist and singer.

Name: Yves Mathieu-East

Age: 28

Hometown: Brooklyn

Now Lives: In a one-bedroom apartment in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Claim to Fame: Mr. Mathieu-East is a model, queer activist and R&B singer who has walked the runway for Pyer Moss and appeared in campaigns for Thom Browne and Ivy Park x Adidas. He uses his chiseled body as a tattoo canvas that tells his against-all-odds story. A Black-power fist, for example, covers his right calf, and the numbers 1 through 11 on his face represent his years of sobriety.

“From my head to my

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