• adidas + UO: Ralph Souffrant

    The future is now. For our new + exclusive adidas campaign, we teamed up with 19 up-and-coming creative minds that our shaping our cultural landscape. Scroll on to go behind the scenes of our Fall 2016 campaign and meet the creatives who are working to #createourfuture. 

    With a calm and serious demeanor and an firm dedication to his craft, Haitian-born model Ralph Souffrant is making a name for himself. He was named “one-to-watch” by W magazine and walked in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 show at Madison Square Garden. We talked to Ralph about the importance of keeping family close what the future looks like (hint: it looks great).  
    Lead photo by Petra Collins

    Photo by Petra Collins

    Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 
    I was born in Haiti. We migrated here to the United States at the age of nine. Ever since, I've been living here with my family and my best friends.

    What’s a normal day-in-the-life like for you? 
    Now, I try to model full time. I wake up in the morning and I exercise. If I have any castings, I'll go to them. That's it for now

    Who keeps you going? 
    My family. They taught me that in order to be successful, you have to go out there and fight. They push me every day. They motivate me. They tell me,  “Go ahead, you can do it.”

    What's the biggest struggle you've had to overcome, in your life, in your career?
    I have to say, the way I look, like my skin condition. I always had a hard time growing up, because in high school, it started in junior high school, kids would tease me all the time and call me all types of names, and it was really hard for me. As I got older, I came to realize that this is who I am. This is me, it will never change, so I have to live. Who cares what anyone says?

    When you’re working, what makes for a powerful image? 
    Poses. Your poses speak a lot. I believe a picture can tell a story, depending on how you carry it out.

    Photo by Braina Laviena @picsfortipz 

    Was there a time in your career when you felt like you’d succeeded for the first time? 
    When I walked into an agency and I was signed immediately. I think that was like the most successful part of my career.

    If you had the opportunity to speak to every single person in the world all at once, what would you say?
    Be who you are and people will notice the outside for a quick second, and then maybe they'll forget about it, but who you are inside is what really counts. Love yourself, and other people will follow.

    Where do you see fashion headed in the future? 
    Well, it’s always evolving. It never stops. 

    What does our future look like, in general? 
    The future looks great. I believe that everyone should stick together and love each other, love your family, your friends, the people who protect you every day, and progress will come. Believe in yourself, fight for what you believe in. Sometimes it takes time, but we will eventually get there.

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