When you’re not modeling, what goals are you working to achieve this year?
Drake Jazz Brown: Besides modeling one of my goals is definitely to start diving more into the design and styling process of clothes, the reason I even started modeling was for the love of fashion, so I’m definitely going to be working hard this year to let the world know I’m not here to just be another model. Not only that but music as well, I have several creative outlets, and I hope they can all be seen or heard by many.
How do you think that the fashion industry—and NYFW in general—could work to improve diversity on and off the runway?
I think in this day and age, diversity is greatly expanding, especially in the modeling world. Mixed race and ethnic people are more in then they have ever been, and the stereotypical “model” is slowly changing. There are still many brands and designers out there that lack any diversity, so there will always be room for changes within the industry, but I think we are definitely off to a good start so far.
Imagine telling your younger, 13-year-old self that you’d be modeling in this show. What would you say?
My younger self would literally start laughing that I was doing a real show in New York. First I’d laugh at my hair, because believe it or not I used to despise getting dreads, and now it’s the signature of my whole look. And second I wasn’t into fashion whatsoever, I wore basketball shorts everyday! I’d be in shock. I would tell him to stop trying to fit in, because that is what eventually got me to where I am today, completely being myself, no matter what anyone thinks. I would just say, 'You aren’t like anyone around you right now even if you think you are! Embrace it, stop dressing like others or acting like others. Do you.'
Photography: Hunter Abrams