New Face: Published Print Model Nassier Harvey For donbleek.com
Name: Nassier Harvey
Height: 5’ 11”
Where to do you currently reside: Brooklyn, NY
Nationality: Black and Hispanic
What inspired you to get into modeling: I was inspired to model after I saw an American Apparel calendar in 2013: From that moment, I was so determined to pursue modeling.
Agency you would like to sign with: Wilhelmina
Have any agencies reached out to you yet: I was recruited by an agency like two years ago, but I’ve decided not to sign with them because I don’t think it was the best business move for me.
You were featured in editorials for American Apparel; how did that come about:
I started modeling for American Apparel in August 2013. I had the opportunity to model for them when the former CEO, Dov Charney asked me to model for his company while I was visiting the store he worked at. Two weeks prior to that, I was saying to my cousin, “one day I will be featured in the American Apparel calendar” and it really happened. I was featured on billboards in Los Angeles, New York, Korea and Spain.
You also modeled for Opening Ceremony correct: Yes, I started modeling for them in January 2015. I went to a casting call and a few months later, they said they wanted to work with me. I modeled designer pieces from Kenzo, Raf Simons, Bernhard Willhelm and Walter Van Beirendonck for them (Opening Ceremony).
Have you ever model for any other brands, designers or publications: I was featured in a lookbook for Gentry NYC. I’ve also model for local NYC-based brands including Toksickshop.
Have you ever walked in any shows at Fashion Week: Not in any runway shows at Fashion Week, but I’ve walked during various college fashion shows in New York.
Favorite Things to do in New York City: Trying new food. NYC is so cultural, so trying different foods is one of my favorite things to do in the city. I also love attending social events and parties, so I could network and help build my empire.
What are you listening to at the current moment: Big Sean and Jhene Aiko (Twenty88), Kanye West and Travis Scott.
Favorite movie, tv show: K.I.D.S. by Larry Clark, Belly Law & Order and SVU.
Favorite designer fragrance or beauty product: Nautica cologne
Favorite modeling experience so far: Being part of Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 show at Madison Square Garden. This was my favorite modeling experience because I had a lot of family and friends watching me and sending me pictures while I was still participating in the show. During that show, I also had the opportunity to hug Naomi Campbell and shake hands with Kanye West.
Which brand would you really love to model for: Alexander Wang
Any publications you would really love to be featured in: Vogue and Dazed Digital
Do you prefer print or runway modeling: Print because I love seeing myself on billboards and ad campaigns.
Thoughts on social models (models with large social media followers): I don’t like the notion that “in order to be a successful model, you have to have a lot of followers on social media.” I may not have as many followers as other models, but I have way more experience than them. It shouldn’t be based off of how many followers you have. If you have the experience and talents, you should be able to get the job.
Place you would love to visit: Paris
Favorite fashion magazines: i-D
Favorite websites: Ssense.com and HotNewHipHop.com
Favorite fashion brands: Stampd LA, APC and Oak NYC.
Favorite brand of sneakers: Air Jordan and Y-3.
Favorite creative directors: Olivier Rousteing (Balmain).
What next for you: I’m currently working on getting a job in high end retail, working with my manager to find more modeling opportunities and working toward signing with an agency.