17 Facts About Yves Mathieu
Photo by Ryan Plett
Yves Mathieu has had a breakout year, after leading the Pyer Moss show during NYFW and getting additional coverage from The New York Times and Vogue for his activism. Here’s a quick and intimate look into the life of artist and
super role model. From his words to you:
- I pronounce the “s” in Yves.
- I was named after Yves Saint Laurent.
- I was born in Brooklyn, but I grew up in Florida.
- I was bullied in school, which is one of the millions of reasons why I’m so outspoken about bullying now.
- The things that are most important to me aren’t on the news; they aren’t in the headlines or the magazines. No one is talking about them. Even though I am just one person on Earth, nothing is stopping me talking about these things. So why aren’t you talking about these things? I take it upon myself to bring up these issues and problems whenever I can because I wish that when I was younger there was someone who took the time to do that.
- (on tattoos and appearance) Maybe if I’m grabbing their attention by the way that I look they’ll stop and listen to what I have to say.
- I dropped out of college, SCAD, where I studied dramatic writing. I had to get four jobs.
- I have 1 tattoo.
- I found out through rehearsal that I was going to be standing in the front of the Pyer Moss show. That didn’t hit me until afterwards.
- My parents know every single thing about me and still love me the same, which is why I love them so much.
- To be home and be with my family—I’ll take that over walking in any show any day.
- My favorite place to hang out is called the Manny Cantor Center. It’s for senior citizens. I go there and play bingo with them. It’s my favorite part of every week. If I could, I would go there everyday.
- I love this gallery called The Hole on Bowery Street. You should go. The light there is amazing.
- Something that I struggle with is that I really can’t help everyone. The sad reality is that I can’t. My response to that is to pray about everything because I really don’t know what to do about it sometimes.
- I think of myself still as a teenager sometimes. I think I’m 12, but I’m actually 23.
- I just love all people.
- The fact that I make people feel a certain way let’s me know that I’m doing something right. The fact that people are challenged by me. The fact that I make them uncomfortable is how I know that I’m doing something bigger than myself.
Photo by Ryan Plett