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Akintayo Ogunkoya, popularly known as ‘TY’ in the modelling industry is a 6 ft 1 tall Nigeria UK based model born in 1990.  TY holds a degree in materials engineering from Imperial College in London. He became famous in 2008 when he was signed to New York Model Management.
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After TY was signed to the modelling agency, he had his first walk of fame at a Dior Homme fall show in Paris as an exclusive. He was photographed by David Sims for Benetton. Those were some of the unforgettable moments in his career. He has since then had a blossoming career.   He has walked spring shows for international reputable brands like: Versace, Belstaff, Costume National, Etro and Hermes in Paris and Milan, DKNY and Phillip Lim in New York. He has walked with Armani, Abercrombie & Fitch, Benetton, Dior, Hermes, Levis and Scotch and Soda. His distinct bone structure and mildly androgynous features made him one of the most prominent black models (male & female) on and off the runway in 2009/2010. In 2009, he was featured in an ad campaign for DKNY and was in editorials for GQ Style Italy and Own Magazine. In 2010, he walked the spring show for Lacoste in New York. Also in 2012, he walked for Paul Smith, Kenzo, John Galliano, Lacoste, General Idea and Tommy Hilfiger. Unrelenting, in 2015, TY walked for Sandro, Hermes, Issey Miyake, Haider Ackermann, Hardy Amies, Paul Smith, Rick Owens and Christophe Lemaire. In addition, TY has been signed to various modelling agencies. They include MIKAs Stockholm, Spin Model Management Hamburg, View Management Barcelona, Why Not Model Management Milan, Premium Models Paris and New York Model Management New York, Kult Australia, Le Management. Although, his mother agency is Premier Model Management in London.
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Asides being called TY, he has been nicknamed, “Mr Campaign” because over the years, he has appeared in numerous campaigns and the numbers keep rising. The campaigns he has featured in include: Firetrap and House of Fraser, Lacoste, Kenneth Cole, John Galliano, Paul Smith, Diesel, Primark and Gap, Galeries Lafayette and many more. Mr Campaign has also been featured on many editorials and magazine issues like the spring issue of Vogue Hommes International in 2010, the spring issue of Dansk 2010, an editorial for Collection by Diego Merino for Collezione Uomo Russia and editorials for Open Lab Magazine, Portrait, Harrods, Numero Homme China and GQ Germany.  In 2018,  TY tied the knot with his longtime model girlfriend, Billie Brown. The couple was photographed together for The Kooples SS16 campaign. They have a child together. One of his secret weapons according to him is the bible verse-“If God is for us, who can be against us?“- Roman Chapter 8, Verse 31, which he tattooed on his left arm. TY has become one of the most well received Black Male Supermodels in the industry, but he’s not done yet. References GEOFF & CO., LTD. | SAGABOI, LTD. ALL  Haute Fashion Africa Featured Image source: Male Model Scene
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This article was first published on 7th April 2022


My name is Agbagba Bukola. I write about the business and exciting world of fashion.

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