17 Facts About Yves Mathieu

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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:

  1. I pronounce the “s” in Yves.
  2. I was named after Yves Saint Laurent.
  3. I was born in Brooklyn, but I grew up in Florida.
  4. I was bullied in school, which is one of the millions of reasons why I’m so outspoken about bullying now.
  5. 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.
  6. (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.
  7. I dropped out of college, SCAD, where I studied dramatic writing. I had to get four jobs.
  8. I have 1 tattoo.
  9. 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.
  10. My parents know every single thing about me and still love me the same, which is why I love them so much.
  11. To be home and be with my family—I’ll take that over walking in any show any day.
  12. 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.
  13. I love this gallery called The Hole on Bowery Street. You should go. The light there is amazing.
  14. 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.
  15. I think of myself still as a teenager sometimes. I think I’m 12, but I’m actually 23.
  16. I just love all people.
  17. 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.

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