There’s Something About Axel

Recently we came across new face, Axel Serine, sent to us from Immediately I was curious to know more about this guy. His features were strikingly amazing and quite unique. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a brother walking the runways with such rawness. Besides Tyson Beckford.

Of course the industry has a plethora of male models —most are lean, some just barely pass the height requirements, tall and buffed out to the max. But there’s something about Axel…Not Rose but Serine. Every image struck me. Every pose caught my attention. His septum piercing. Hat tipped to the side. The way his eyes spoke to the camera. Styling of wardrobe and yeah — he was even rockin’ a Lakers jacket in one image. How ironic?

Whether it’s commercial, print, or television Serine’s look fits any campaign. He can be that fly, eccentric dude doing his thing in Venice Beach, hanging out on Melrose or taking the trains from Paris to London. His presence is unquestionable.
You either have it or you don’t. There’s something about Axel. Not Rose but Serine. We reached out to the model with the eclectic appeal for a possible interview.

Did I mention he lives in Paris, France? A whole nine hours ahead of Cali. After some emailing back and forth, we finally got our interview.

Peep his take on being a model, fave shopping digs and all around style.

How long have you been a model?

I started modeling a year ago. My parents wanted me to finish school before starting to make sure I could switch to something else if unfortunately it didn’t work.

Have you always wanted to model? If not what are some other dreams or goals you have in mind?

To be honest I never thought I could be a model. But it has always been something I dreamt about secretly. Basically I was studying art, french literature and english at the time to maybe become an international translator. Or to work as an artistic director in advertising.

How were you discovered?

I am a dancer as well. I was performing in my home island Martinique with my crew when that guy ( my actual mother agent Steven Jean Yves Zamor ) came and asked me if I like to travel. If I ever thought about being a model. I thought it was a joke. But when he showed me what he’d done with Carl Agapit or Melodie Monrose, I wanted to give it a try.

Who are your favorite designers?

I think my favorite designers are Richardo Tisci of course. Raf Simons, Rad Hourani and Ann Demeulemeester. My everyday look is a mixture between thoses vibes. I admire Prabal Gurung’s or Proenza Schouler’s work as well.

We noticed you have a nose/septum ring in most of your photos. Is that something you have always had as your personal signature? Or is that something your agency (Angels and Demons) suggested to make their models stand out from the rest?

I’ve had my septum piercing since I was seventeen. I’m a body modification addict. I had several piercings but I had to calm down on that addiction when i started modeling. I only kept my nose ring. My agencies liked it. They thought it would bring a new edginess to the black modeling market. But they wanted me to also practice on more casual vibes to show in my book that I can do everything. Not put me in some case.

How would you describe your style?

My style is a total mess. It depends on my mood. I can be streetwear wearing creepers and y3 one day. The day after it can come off really chic with creepers (always in creepers as you can notice) and jackets and all thoses chic stuffs. But always in black. I don’t really like colors in my own style. So I feel totally different when I work.

Who are your top three favorite artist (rapper/singer) that you’re listening to right now?

These days I’m so into Yukimi Nagano from the band Little Dragon since I saw them perform in Paris. I like Azealia Banks, The xx and SBTRKT a lot too.

When you’re not modeling how else do you spend your time?

When I’m not working, I like to share times with my friends like most young people. I don’t really go to clubs. I prefer to go spend time at my friends places. Laugh and talk while eating crisps . I also like to go shopping. I can spend so much money on clothes … And then regret it.

What do you love the most about modeling?

What I like the most about being a model is that you can travel often. I love to travel. Cuz I don’t like any kind of routine, it makes me feel that I don’t lose my time. What I like also is that you can meet people from all around the world and create new friendships. 

Your favorite place to shop in Paris?

I like to buy clothes in L’Eclaireur or Colette which are trendy boutiques that sell all the major brands. I like second hand and vintage items too. Their are sooo…many vintage shops in Paris but my favorite one is Episode. I can spend the whole day sneaking and messing up the shop to find that perfect piece that I missed. 

Axel Serine is currently represented by Your Angels Models Agency.

Images: Courtesy of  Your Angels Models