I was born in Coaticook, Québec and named after legendary hockey star. After competing in professional Gladiator fighting was named amateur athlete of the year. My career took when I was discovered by Playgirl magazine. I signed with Ford models of New York shortly after. The next few years were very intense with a multitude of promo campaigns for colognes and fashion designers. I naturally positioned myself as an international print model. I am honoured to be awarded Canadian Model of the decade by the Institute Top Modèles.
I am now based in Vancouver and working on the west coast with Mega muscle in Los Angeles where I am staring in a dozen workout and lifestyle DVDs as well as a series of calendars and other promotional products.
I have a lot of experience in all fields of the industry. I am the face (and body) of Ginch Gonch underwear, Sweat underwear, Abercrombie cologne and RYU apparel.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Yvan. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am best known for my ability to change appearance from year to year and project to project.
Yvan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I am passionate by history and health. I studied sports psychology in University and I like to bring this to my modeling career.
Who is your inspiration in life Yvan? How do you keep inspired?
The People of Québec are my inspiration. They have been keeping a unique french culture and language for 500 years while being surrounded by an ocean of anglo canadiens and americans. I am very proud of my roots.
We all make mistakes Yvan, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
While in a video shoot in Arizona I had to fight the american wresting champion. Things got intense and I lost my cool and we started to fight for real. After a while the director managed to stop us but we already bruised and super tired. I should have kept to the plan. Oups!
Yvan ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Communication is the key. I learn to be very focus on directions and what the client is looking for. My rule is 50 min mindful is better then 2h casual.
Please tell us Yvan, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I had runway show followed by a calendar shoot the next day. First client was a designer asking for very lean and svelte body, the second a nutrition company wanting a full and muscular physique. With my nutritionist, I managed to loose 5 kg for the first show and then regain 10 kg before heading to second client. Both clients were very happy. Success!
Yvan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
While doing a sailing shoot in the Pacific Ocean for a big cologne commercial , the photographer was having a hard time to find the proper light because it was changing every minute. Being a sailor myself, I know that because of the shape of the ocean, 30 min before sunset, the light becomes fabulous if you shoot from the west. I convinced the entire production team to chill all day and simply wait for this special moment. I turned out to be spectacular. Success !
Yvan please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
A couple years ago I was chosen to be the Modern DAVID from Michelangelo. My body was put in a cast and turned into a sculpture by the artist Frank Joseph. For a year ahead of time I researched the several biblical versions of the story and train my body to resemble the iconic David. The most challenging element for me was mimicking the famous pose and the unique facial emotion that is so crucial. This giant statue is now touring the world making me immortal. Success!
Yvan, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
In Santa-Monica I had the pleasure to pose for celebrity painter Don Bachardy. The sitting lasted for several days and was quite extensive and very precisely guided and directed by M.r Bachardy. To my great surprise, on the last sitting session, he decided to give me full freedom on my pose. I made the most of it by letting my personal emotions and childhood memories take my to a statuesque gesture now frozen in time.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Model?
Smile with your eyes!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I have a lot of experience in all fields of the modelling industry. I would like to work with an established client to make something great or with a new team I am confident that I can help you get to the next level.
c1-(Arcterix)Yusuke Mori Japan c2- (boxing) kevin Faust 1- Bob Walker 2- Michael Cordiez 3- Pazit Perez 4- sweat undergear 5-Dave Harley 6- Steve Lukinuk (couple with Veronica Jacobs) 7- Gaby Saliba 8- Whistler Blackcomb inc 9- Dark energy (with Cayetana Molla) 10_ Yusuke Mori