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Adonis Bosso and Jazzelle On Changing the Modern Definition of “Model”

Photography by GREG SWALES. On Bosso: Tops and pants, prices on request, Casablanca. Necklace, price upon request, Misho. On Jazzel: Topps, Vintage. Pants, $ 2,340, Patou. Earrings, $ 85, Kendra Scott.

Their distinctiveness pushed our March cover stars to the top of the modeling game.

aDonis Bosso was in preference to a recent flight from Paris, when the gate agent removed him. “I’m skyperity,” I said as I showed him my pass, “he remembers.” And he looked like me, ‘Really? “” Just an example of daily micro-aggression Bosso says he’s a Faces as a black man. But speaking through Zoom from his home in Toronto, he was alert after returning from FashionCover shoot in Los Angeles, he reveals the incident with such non-presence and anger or bitterness, it is clear that racism is as regular for him as brushing his teeth.

He also dealt with it, though in a more systematic way, when he began modeling in the early 2010s. “I would often be the only black model in a show or campaign who casually wears a gray Zara track suit with a smoky topaz pendant that matches her skin tone,” says Bosso, on the runway or There was not much diversity in the industry. “This meant that models with their” look “were not much in demand, so agencies did not have more tokens than a few people of color on their rosters. Bosso was fortunate to have a niche in Montreal. Mila, where he grew up, earned $ 700 a day. But he was rejected by every agency going to New York and Europe.

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Photography by GREG SWALES. On Jazzel: Dress, $ 1,205, and shoes, $ 1,775, Saikai. Bra, $ 230, BustedBrand. Underwear, $ 15, Victoria’s Secret. Earrings, $ 185, ouliou. Socks, $ 70, SR Studio. La. CA. On Boso: Sweater, $ 5,465, and pants, $ 1,140, ​​SR Studio. La. CA. Boots, $ 1,400, Bottega Veneta. Ring, Boso’s Own.

Jazzel, best known by her Instagram handle @uglyworldwide, received similar hurdles when she started modeling in her hometown of Detroit. “They kept telling me: ‘You’re a light-haired, curly-haired girl. You can’t do high fashion. You don’t have the body or face for that,'” she recalls, also through her zoom, her Sipping tea in a Brooklyn apartment, an industrial space with a grid of pipes hanging from the ceiling. After graduating from high school, she moved to Chicago, where her sporadic jobs were for department stores such as Sears. , She became known for her drag performance in the LGBTQ + nightlife scene. “You don’t have to be a man in a dress,” she replies when she asks the definition of drag. “It’s a hyper-real version Whatever you find deep inside. ”When her agency told her that her lifestyle was not going well with clients, she left.

Both models were so demolished that they took drastic steps. But then his fate changed. Jaizel shaved her head and eyebrow. A week later, influential British photographer Nick Knight scouted him on Instagram and then flew to London for the Comme des Garriac shoot. Other magazine.

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Photography by GREG SWALES. On Bosso: Jacket, $ 1,650, and pants, $ 1,000, Heidi Slimane by Celine Homi. Necklace, price upon request, Misho. On Jazzel: Jacket, $ 1,585, Celine by Headley Sleeman. Pants, $ 125, Levi’s. Necklace, $ 365, Pamela Love. Bracelet, $ 145, liou.

Bosso, on a fearless hunt for an agent in Paris, decides at the turn of the moment to get a septum ring. He later returned to New York and received offers from agents of left, right and center. He signed on with DNA Model Management, followed by agencies in Milan and London. “I think it made me interesting”, says Bosso, who has added “composer” to his skill set. “This marked the beginning of the birth of a character.” He chose @septumpapi for his Instagram handle and turned himself into a cartoon for the fall of his song “No More”. She conceived, wrote and storyboarded anime-style music videos, including model Slick Woods, the mother of his two-year-old son Saffir.

“His mother and I are no longer together, so Saphire can see his parents flying with superheroes,” Bosso explains. He plans a full visual album and action figures based on himself and Woods. “It has given me a new universe of creativity.”

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Photography by GREG SWALES. On Boso: Top, Price on request, Casablanca. Shorts, Price on request, Boss. Necklace, price upon request, Misho. Socks, $ 20 for three pairs, van. At Jazzel: Top, $ 445, SR Studio. La. CA. Earrings, $ 275, Elsie Freida. Bracelet, $ 150, liou.

“Adonis is so artistically inspired that it has given birth to him as an outstanding model,” comments Tony Craig, an independent creative director who now runs the male division of DNA model management. Before becoming an agent of Bosso, Craig and his partner, photographer Idris Rubotome, worked with Bosso on commercial and editorial shoots. “It was our collection for many years. We did our best work with him. He is not afraid to help create a vision. “

Having a voice, and using it, marks a big shift in hopes of bringing a model to the table. “This has changed a lot,” commented Jazzle’s agent, Luiza Zykowska, who is with Society Management in New York. “It is not about having the right height and size; Customers are looking for a lot more depth. Only you will get a beautiful face yet. There is a lot to it these days. “

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Photography by GREG SWALES. On Boso: Top, Price on request, Casablanca. Shorts, Price on request, Boss. Necklace, price upon request, Misho. Socks, $ 20 for three pairs, van. At Jazzel: Top, $ 445, SR Studio. La. CA. Earrings, $ 275, Elsie Freida. Bracelet, $ 150, liou.

“Models shouldn’t be there just to be dressed up like their playthings, dolls,” Jazel proclaims. “We are real people, with real opinions, and many of us have real taste. A lot of us are artists. “

Jazel is wearing a giant teddy hat by Ottollinger (“one of my favorite brands right now”) and a pale-blue oversize coat from her friend, stylist Anna Trevelyan. Her voice is gravel, thanks to a few days she spent her 25th birthday, and her delivery is similar to her look. But she has a lot to celebrate: over the past year, she has campaigned for Fenty, Fendi, Gucci Beauty and Mabelin New York, and since then her Instagram peaked at 600,000+.

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Photography by GREG SWALES. Jacket, $ 2,860, Valentino. Shirt, $ 250, Levi’s Vintage Clothing. Top, $ 20 for three, hans. Earrings, $ 370, Pamela Love. Necklace, $ 320, liou.

Jazzel’s stage is a showcase for his art, for which he extensively uses himself as a canvas. She says, “I like to switch it up and do really exciting things with my face and body.” “I like to keep it fresh and new; I want vacation money. “Her conversions can range from the real foreigner to the sexy skater girl. And her body is a work in progress. Her breasts were lacking:” Since I’m a penis fluid and a little bit tired, Giant Tits Didn’t Look Like Me. “And she is removing tattoos from her upper body, replacing them with white sticks and striking” hieroglyphs “in a language that she and Grace Neutral, a tattoo artist in London, are Japanese and Constructed from Russian characters and numeric symbols: “Important dates, places and times. This is my short life story in code. “She is putting bandages, stitches and other marks on her feet, though. “I think it’s important to fall and get back up and have fun,” she says. “This is the story my knee tells.”

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Photography by GREG SWALES. On Jazzel: dress and vest, prices upon request, louis vuitton. Shoes, $ 80, van. On Bosso: Jacket, $ 3,170, shorts, $ 1,080, shoes, $ 750, and socks, price upon request, Amiri. Ring, Boso’s Own.

Her name, Jazzel, is a combo of her parents’ interests: “Jazz” for her father and “Elle” for the magazine. Her mother, a retired nurse, is originally from Toronto, and her father sells school books around the United States and is a jazz singer and pianist. Jaizel’s creative bent began when she was a child. “The only things I did in school were art classes, lunch and leisure,” she recalls. “I joked a lot and did not fit inside. I was a weird, weird kid, so I don’t know if I was mocked by my personality or my look. I remember that I feel very insecure about myself all the time. But I was still on dressing how I want to be and am a weirdo. “

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Photography by GREG SWALES. Coat, Price on request, Boss. Jacket and skirt, prices on request, Miu Miu. Shoes, $ 90, Reebok.

An artist friend commented that the portrayal she portrayed was ugly. “I took that and ran away with her and started making my pictures and pictures ugly,” she says. “I like everyone who they want from it, because it means something different for everyone. I don’t call myself ugly because I think I’m ugly — but sometimes I do. It fluctuates with confidence. “

“I think it’s genius,” Bosso says of Jazzel’s “ugly” personality. “The word ‘ugly’ brings so much emotion.” She also explained how society is drifting away from the narrow definitions of beauty set by the fashion elite, she goes on. “We are no longer seeking to be perfect. We want to be ourselves. “

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Photography by GREG SWALES. On Bosso: Jacket, $ 1,650, and pants, $ 1,000, Heidi Slimane by Celine Homi. Necklace, price upon request, Misho. On Jazzel: Jacket, $ 1,585, Celine by Headley Sleeman. Pants, $ 125, Levi’s. Necklace, $ 365, Pamela Love. Bracelet, $ 145, liou.

The meaning behind Boso’s given name, which is the opposite of the very ugly, weighs even more. His parents lost a son, also named Adonis, when he was a month old. When he was younger, the second Adonis became ill, so the family drove him out of Ivory Coast to get better treatment for him and to heal wounds in Sweden and then Montreal. “They never told me what the disease was, only that it was life-threatening,” he says.

His parents had five more children, including brother Steve, who is autistic, so special needs is the path Bosso thought would lead his career. In 2014, the family created the D’Antration TSA, a center in Montreal to provide support, information and relief for people suffering from autism, which aims to open each other in Toronto.

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Photography by GREG SWALES. On Jazzel: Top, $ 1,55, and skirt, $ 1,780, Gucci. Earrings, $ 260, Misho. On Boso: vest, $ 1,780, and pants, $ 1,400, Gucci. Necklace, $ 120, from Margo Studios.

Bosso, meanwhile, is working on his music career, which includes a long client list, including Adidas X Ivy Park, Topshop, Levi’s and H&M. His latest campaign is for Zara with Safire.

Jaizel is spreading her wings by contributing more to the shoot. “Now I am not just hired to be a model; They ask for creative input from me, ”she says. She did a collab with Gucci Beauty last summer and recently did her makeup for a print editorial. “Being more involved as a model and an artist at the same time is a major turning point in my career. I want to be a part of the creative process, and this is something that is happening. My art is being respected. “

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Photography by GREG SWALES. On Boso: Jacket, $ 3,170, top, price upon request, shorts, $ 1,080, shoes, $ 750, and socks, price upon request, Amiri. Necklace, price upon request, Misho. Nose ring and bracelet, Boso’s own. On Jazzel: dress and vest, prices upon request, louis vuitton. Shoes, $ 80, van. Earring, Jazzel’s own.

photography by Greg Swales. Styling by Chris Horan. Creative direction by George Antonopulus. To hair HAIRCARE AT ANDREWS PRIMARK FOR ANDREW FITZSIMONS. Makeup by Michael Anthony / Armani Beauty for Foreign Artists. FRakhian Assistant: Lauren Jewelerski and SADE RADFAR.

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