Since he was scouted in 2011, model Ibra Cisse, made his debut in Lanvin's Fall 2012 show in Paris. Thereafter, he walked for Rick Owens, Carven, Kenzo, and Thom Browne, among others. Born and raised in Chechnya, Russia, Cisse moved to Germany just over 5 years ago, where he was scouted, and has since graced the pages of HERO Magazine, Dazed and Confused, and Wallpaper. The relatively new face talks about his personal style (he admittedly spends quite a bit on clothing), Lanvin's creative director Alber Elbaz, walking for McQueen and more ...
The Fashion Law – What did you think of modeling before you got started?
Ibra Cisse – At first I thought it would be boring. Taking pictures, walking in shows and doing it all over again. But when I actually started, I was surprised by how different every shoot and show can be. You travel a lot and meet all these different creative people. Today I think that modeling is pretty cool and I feel blessed to have this opportunity.
The Fashion Law – Do you think your style has changed since you've become involved in fashion?
My personal style definitely changed since I started modeling. Before, I didn’t really care about my look but nowadays I actually do. I think it’s because you get to know all the designers and get to travel to all these different places; it definitely influences my style. I’m more open these days and like to try something new – before modelling I would have probably laughed at myself for what I’m wearing today.
The Fashion Law – Do you have a regimen that you abide by to get ready to shoots or fashion week?
Ibra Cisse – No. I don’t have any actually!
The Fashion Law – What has been the highlight of modeling for you so far?
Ibra Cisse – Probably all models will say the same thing: travelling to these amazing places and getting to know so many great people. And then I met Salma Hayek at the McQ show in London! She was my early love!
The Fashion Law – What friends have you made in the industry?
Ibra Cisse – I have been working a lot for Lanvin. So, Lucas [Ossendrijver] and Alber [Elbaz] are very special to me!
The Fashion Law – What do you like to do when you're not traveling and working?
Ibra Cisse – Aside from school, I started doing martial arts a few years ago and was quite successful. I broke my nose a few times but that’s the risk, I think! Since I started modeling I only do it to stay fit and I am not doing competitions anymore.
The Fashion Law – Where do you see yourself in the next several years?
Ibra Cisse – I hope that I will finish university and be ready to live in the real world. Wish me luck, I’ll need it!