The Diversity in Fashion Model Development Program By Sizzle Arts : Breaking Barriers in Fashion
Our goal is to empower and elevate models from underrepresented backgrounds by providing comprehensive support, mentorship, and opportunities in the fashion industry.
Promoting diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry is crucial for creating a more representative and equitable environment. Sizzle Arts chose this young man with #vitiligo to participate as model in our Sizzle Man @fashionsizzlenyfw Show produced by SizzleArts
Vitiligo is a chronic (long-lasting) autoimmune disorder that causes patches of skin to lose pigment or color. This happens when melanocytes – skin cells that make pigment – are attacked and destroyed, causing the skin to turn a milky-white color.
Model on the runway at NY Fashion Week produced by Sizzle Arts
Yvesmark Chery: I am a freelance model. I look at this industry as a platform to tell my story. Being a male model with vitiligo, I can bring a new perspective. Through each photo that is captured, I plan to tell my story and send a message to others about confidence and accepting who you are.
Yvesmark Chery first seen on he runway of Fashion Sizzle NYFW . Before Yvesmark Chery was fronting campaigns for Calvin Klein and H&M, he was going to school with ambitions for a career in IT. Though his Philadelphia upbringing did little to help him see modeling in his future, a chance casting at the encouragement of his then-girlfriend would end up changing everything.
Since then, the 24-year-old Hatian-American has carved a lane for himself not only as a rising name in fashion but as a role model for those who don’t fit conventional beauty norms. As one of the few working models with vitiligo, his unique features have been embraced by everyone from Private Policy to Opening Ceremony. He was also recently featured in a YouTube film on Black Renaissance alongside Barack and Michelle Obama.