MODELING IS A JOB. IT REQUIRES A LOT MORE THAN JUST POSING IN FRONT OF A CAMERA. DEPENDING ON THE KIND OF SHOOT YOU ARE ENGAGED FOR YOU NEED TO BRING THE VESSEL THAT BRINGS TO LIFE THE VISION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER OR DESIGNER. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO FASHION MODELLING YOU NEED TO HAVE A CAPACITY, THE ABILITY, TO LET THE CLOTHES SPEAK. TO BE THAT ELEMENT THAT ADDS PERSONALITY TO DESIGNS.
Kesiena Adjekughele, better known as Kes, never spend a moments thought about being a model until the thing he really wanted to do, basketball, went dramatically wrong. Kes isn't the first to transform a successful sports career into a modelling career after having suffered an injury that puts a stop to that first ambition. Nor will he be the last. It's not such a strange transition either, given that most series athletes are in the possession of hard trained bodies and know how to take care of themselves. But modelling is more than just a beautiful body and face. Kes knows all about that.
23 Years old Kes lives in New Rochelle, New York, but was born in Nigeria and is blessed with everything that makes Nigerians such beautiful people. He stands 1m91 / 6' 3" tall, has a beautiful dark brown skin that covers his strong accentuated muscles like silk and strong masculine facial features. A Sophomore in college majoring in Liberal Arts, Kes is also passionate about playing basketball, but a knee injury has made a premature end to that career option. It was after that accident happened that Kes started to think first about bringing his hard trained body to other use: modelling. He did a couple of test shoots with various photographers and, happy with the result, posted them on a Model Mayhem profile. Which is where he was discovered by New York based photographer Seth London.
Kes describes himself as being a laid back person, though warns as well that that sometimes is explained as laziness. The contrary is true though. Kes is a fun-loving guy who likes to make people laugh and always ready to reach out a helping hand to those in need. Ever since he did his first photo shoot he fell in love with the art and has been going out of his way to improve himself. Today he is known by photographers as one to take on every job in a most professional way and to be able to adapt himself to any shoot and sell whatever clothes his is given to wear: "I like to focus on what I'm wearing make sure it gets well noticed and brought out in the photo, I have to be one with the outfit. Also if I'm on location I try to bring my surroundings into the shoot whether I'm surrounded by trees or sand." And that makes a good fashion model.
To be a fashion model you need to love fashion. For Kes that is not a problem: "I like a lot of things about fashion; from the unique style of each designer to the set up and creativity behind runway shows and the magic that comes out from photographers work. What I dislike is that modeling isn't as diverse as I first thought it was and how some runway shows don't have any models of color and that models of color only make up a small percentage of models that get work." It is Kesiena's ambition to make it in the industry as a fashion and editorial model, to be internationally renowned as a model and grace the covers of magazines such as VMan and GQ. Someone once told Kes that there is no point in trying something if you are not trying to be the best. And it is with that mantra in his mind he steps in front of a camera each time he is engaged for a shoot. And it is due to that mindset, Kes is able to pull of some of the most intriguing shoots.
Todays set of Kesiena is by Seth London, a photographer from Long Island New York, whom we have come to know as a artist who always strives to surprise. Together with Kes he certainly reached that objective. The photos are pure art, selling clothes and so much more. There is attitude in these portraits that wouldn't look misplaced in reference magazines such as Vogue Homme, L'Uomo or QG. Some of these images remaind of Grave Jones in her glory time as singer and model, such as the iconic Island Life artwork shot by Jean-Paul Goude. If that is any indication, Kes will reach high levels in his modelling career. –BM-
Credits: styled by Steven with the Menswear Project and Lunden O. II
Sweater: E. Tautz
Leather: Kent & Curwen
Star shirt: Sabit NYC
Pea coat: Hardy Amins
Slacks and bumber jack: Christopher Shanon
Fur coat: Cornelini
Strip shirt: Topman Design
Under wear shot & jacket: Versace and underwear CK
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