Meet homeless model-turned-photographer Mark Reay

Meet homeless model-turned-photographer Mark Reay

January 15, 2020 100 By Peter Engel


Hey Yumi, can I get a shot?
For Street Style? Sorry, I don’t have time now. Okay. Her name is Yumi, she’s from Belgium She’s with the biggest fashion agency
in the world, IMG who I had a problem with the other day One of the director’s assistants
walked by, and said “You can’t take photos of our models It all has to be approved,
you can’t publish them That was like, “Oh, that’s true,
in the Constitution it says that you have the right to–
the freedom of the press “except for when they’re IMG models” So they’re in the street,
I’m going to shoot them Fuck ’em, I don’t care What a cute outfit! Who’s that by? Lovely, I like the hair flowing,
everything, it’s very– Perfect! Thanks Tara, appreciate it! I’m doing Street Styles and I submit the photos either to models.com, Dazed & Confused and Elle Korea, of all places Can I just have you turn your head
that way a little bit? Eyes to me… perfect. Thank you! You look beautiful Thank you very much,
Kate, appreciate it. Bye! Great, thank you! Thank you very much! – Is it Xie Xie?
– Yes Xie Xie, alright, thank you Are you trying to go to Calvin Klein? Can you hear me? Hello? Sound’s coming out of my mouth It’s like they feel like they’re sworn to some kind
of national security agreement not to reveal location of a casting They have such
an overdeveloped sense of importance Can I do a Street Style shot? Real quick Okay, wait, wait, wait, wait!
[1-2, 1-2, 2-1] There you go I started when I was like 13 and from 13, everyone always said “Ah, you’re going to do really well” If you look at Dazed & Confused,
Dazed Digital, their backstage work and just with New York I’ve probably done like 400 shows for them Cool! “Vous pouvez rester comme ça?” “Comme ça, and l’autre ici?” What are you guys, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10? He’s made dresses
for Michelle Obama that were like – Everyone was crazy about them
– Oh yeah? So that’s why all the girls
are coming now, for him Yeah… or maybe for you, I don’t know I’m good with bullshit Hey, that’s why
you’re a photographer, right? Yeah, yeah, right Hi, I’m Mark It’s really just like they need
to feel a little livelier [Put some gold] Lots of lying, lots of lying Lying, cheating, fiddling, stealing You know what it feels like to do, though? It’s for Universe, really fun,
Universe magazine Universe magazine I like their attitude Alright, thank you!