It it so refreshing to see a model, 2 years in the game, be so aware and realistic about his goals in the industry. Kudos to VNY Model Management and their management of rising star Corey Baptiste, who explains to Vogue Black Editor-at-Large, and legendary model/agent/acitvist Bethann Hardison, that it takes patience, motivation, and confidence for one to make it and stay sane in this volatile business. The past face of DKNY, Benetton, and Kenzo, Corey expresses his hopes for a black man to walk for Prada, whether it be him or his rival/friend David Agbodji, and open the door for other black male models, who don’t get much attention in the European markets. He wants those “big name” designers to say “they can obviously do it”, which I find incredibly ambitious, and timely, as the emergence of colored models in the blue chip arena these days is steadily on the rise. So young, so smart, so grounded, and so beautiful; he’s a boy from the Bronx who wants to change the game, give back, and make his momma proud.