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Young Edmonton model makes the cover of Italian Vogue

Screen shot 2013-09-19 at 10.03.31 PMPublished in the Edmonton Journal July 18, 2013.


Dorian Reeves received a flustered phone call in early spring. On the line was his New York agent from Soul Artist Management, telling Reeves he had three hours to prepare for and attend an important meeting clear across New York City.

Just short of mowing down all the suits and sightseers in his path, Reeves scrambled to the Soho studio rendezvous. Through the door he found himself shaking hands with one of the world’s most famed fashion photographers, Steven Meisel.

“(Meisel) doesn’t meet male models, ever,” the Edmonton-based model explains, leaning forward in his chair. “So I was like, ‘This is a big deal.’

“He asked me a few questions and I just tried to be myself as much as possible. At the end he was like, ‘OK see you soon.’ And I was like, ‘Ahhh, what does that mean?’”

Two weeks later, Meisel — best known for his work with U.S. and Italian Vogue and his photographs of friend Madonna in her 1992 book Sex — requested another meeting. The chat ended the same painfully ambiguous way as the first.

Another two weeks passed. This time, he was bombarded with back-to-back calls and emails from his New York agency and his Edmonton agency, Mode Models.

“They said, ‘You just booked the cover of Italian Vogue with (Brazilian model) Raquel Zimmermann,’” Reeves recalls. “I was like, ‘Oh my God.’

“It was the biggest, most surreal moment of my life,” he continues. “It was something I always wanted to do, but didn’t think I could actually do it. I didn’t even know what to feel. Even now, I’m still buzzing.”

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