Gay Model Chufue Yang Claims His Agency Let Him Go Because He's Too Asian

Did racism, homophobia, and misidentification play a part in this gay model of color being dropped by his agency?

Chufue Yang is a former model living in the Chicago area. He shared through Instagram last week that he had been fired by his agency.

“Recently, I was dropped by my agency @fordmodels.” He shared before later adding, “Being 5 foot 10, Hmong American (my ethnicity for those of you that don’t know) and gay already challenges the industry in itself and for a while I thought I wasn’t getting booked because of those reasons, when in reality.. that’s exactly why.”

In order to elaborate more on the situation, Yang recently spoke to Dazed Magazine.

The start of the problem happened in 2017 when Chufue Yang signed on with Ford Models and almost simultaneously was featured in Models.com.

While initially excited, his feelings became conflicted after reading the line “from Minnesota via Mongolia.” This upset Yang as he’s Hmong-American (an American descendant of the Hmong ethnic group which originates from China) and not Mongolian.

To rectify this, Yang released a post on Instagram expressing the clarification.

“The title to my feature was ‘Minnesota via Mongolia’. Although it could’ve been a simple mistake, being misidentified ethnically is something that not only me, but a lot of Asian Americans experience daily. I made an Instagram post expressing those feelings and when my agent saw it, they wanted me to take it down because they didn’t want to ruin the relationship they had with models.com.”

Unfortunately, his agency wasn’t appreciative of the post. They told him to delete the post as they didn’t want to strain their relationship with Models.com.

Clearly, Yang ignored that request. Instead, he demanded that the article be edited and corrected. He then later found out that it was his agent that misidentified his ethnicity in the first place.

Sadly, Yang then started to notice a decline in his work. Afterwards, job requests for Yang started to drop more and more. Eventually, this led to his being fired.

When asked by Dazed why he thinks he was fired, Chufue Yang says it’s because the industry doesn’t appreciate or protect queer models of color.

“After the whole models.com incident, things started to get rocky. They would send me to a few castings here and there, but Chicago clients just aren’t looking for people that look like me,” he told Dazed Magazine. “It seems as though my height, mono-lids, and black hair didn’t make the cut, because the emails about jobs started to decrease throughout my time being signed. Not getting booked for things definitely started to take a toll on how I viewed my self-worth. This was a very hard time for me mentally and emotionally.”

“I deactivated all my social media and needed to disassociate myself from modelling because I felt as if I didn’t have control over my body anymore. It got to the point where I just shaved my head and dyed it a different colour without telling my agents. I think my agents probably felt that I wasn’t committed to my career anymore which wasn’t the case at all.”


Work in progress ; painting by @dougankhim.

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It seems that the relationship between Yang and his agency grew worse as time went by. He says that the agency never marketed him as a queer model of color in the few months that they worked together. Instead, he says they tried to force him to conform.

“I never expressed these feelings to my previous agency because I don’t think they would’ve fully grasped my point of view. I’m the first QPOC that they’ve ever signed onto their men’s board and instead of marketing me for me, I felt like they wanted me to fit me into a mould. Ultimately, the blame isn’t on my previous agents or my previous agency, but on the industry and myself for not having a stronger stance on my values, voice, and identity. We all learn from our mistakes though.”

But is that the whole of the story? Was there more going on between Yang and the agency?

It would make sense that a growing rift in the relationship between Yang and his agency (and Models.com) also led to his departure. After all, the fashion industry is a very social business. If Yang caused problems just a month or two into his relationship with the agency, that could easily have resulted in a strained work environment.

Don't misunderstand, the racial misidentification and mishandling of Chufue Yang are 100% true, but we're lacking the industry's perspective on the story.


@notnicer in NYC.

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No matter what, Chufue Yang is trying to make peace with his departure. Yang now says that he’s learned from the experience.

“What I’ve learned is to not lose your voice in an industry where your physical features are placed above everything else, especially your identity.”

He also added in his talk to Dazed that he urges other models not to lose themselves in the job.

“Don’t let yourself feel like you’re just another model,” he said. “Everyone has so much potential, but the cool thing is, that greatness is different for everyone. Find that and apply it to your career.”

Meanwhile, Yang has decided to take a break from modeling and is pursuing other things with the hope to return to modeling later.

“My focus has shifted to my education full time, but I hope to model again in the future. Being a model, for me, is just a stepping stone to a bigger platform. At the end of the day, I want to travel the world, educate, inform and connect.”

h/t: Dazed Magazine

This article was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers. 

ASOS's New Men's Crop Top Confused And Excited The Internet

Lately, several men have confidently photographed themselves strutting around in crop tops. In order to keep up with the fashion trend, fashion retailer ASOS recently released a new product.

The above £10 crop top was released on the retailer's website. The very short shirt barely covers the nipples and is styled much like shirts worn by Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.  


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After being released for sale, the crop top quickly became a talking point on social media. Many twitter users were perplexed by the outfit while others thought it was all in good fun and fashion.

Related: London Hairdresser Caught Recording Company Party Bathroom

As for those who thought the top was nothing but a joke, it seems the joke’s on them as the crop top is already out of stock.

Whether you're a fan or not, it looks like the crop top is the new romper. It's a conversation piece, a fashion trend, and viral trend all in one.

Fashion Model Tomas Skoloudik's Nudes Are Kind of Exquisite

Let’s start the weekend off with something that’s hot AF, shall we?

Czech Republic-born high fashion model Tomas Skoloudik has appeared has worked for some of the finest labels in couture. Now we have a great look at the 32-year-old stunner with all his clothes off.

OMG Blog has compiled a stack of photos of the model, including several nudes.

Skoloudik started modeling at 19. He has appeared on the covers of many magazines including Men’s Health. He’s been featured in print campaigns for Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani. Other appearances include Guess Underwear, Kenneth Cole, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Buffalo.

Here’s the kicker: Skoloudik got his start in porn. The videos are out there and they’re not hard to find.

For plenty of full frontal Tomas Skoloudik (NSFW — duh), go to OMG Blog.

Melania Trump Wore A Jacket Reading "I Really Don't Care" On Her Way To a Child Detention Center

Were the “Let Them Eat Cake” jackets sold out in your size, Melania?

As if this whole saga couldn’t get more disturbing, today first lady Melania Trump boarded a jet to make a surprise visit to a child detention center in Texas—sporting a green jacket saying “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?

The $39 jacket from Zara would be tasteless in any context, but here it’s something like chilling, not to mention infuriating.

Was it an oversight? Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman says so. On Twitter, Stephanie Grisham scolded U.S. media for focusing on the stylistic choice.

Mrs. Trump was not wearing the green jacket when she got off the plane in Texas, instead sporting a cream-colored ensemble.

Her tour of the federally funded Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter in McAllen, Texas, housing dozens of Central American children is a ploy to smooth out the firestorm her husband’s administration has incited over separating families and children.

Is this what it looks like to “Be Best?”

Do you think this was a tone deaf mistake, or a deliberate message?

In conclusion, here's what the president of the United States had to say on the matter:

h/t: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/us/politics/melania-trump-jacket.html

"Project Runway" Is Returning To Bravo In Season 17

After 11 seasons on Lifetime, Project Runway is moving back to Bravo for upcoming season 17. NBC Universal made the announcement Monday at its upfront in New York City. “Project Runway is coming back where it all started; it’s coming home on Bravo,” said the network’s Andy Cohen.

The fashion design competition, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, was a smash hit from the get-go at Bravo, where its first five seasons aired from 2004-2008. In a shocking move that prompted a string of lawsuits, The Weinstein Co. struck a deal to move it to Lifetime without giving Bravo a chance to match Lifetime’s offer.

This is just the latest installment of the fallout in the wake of The Weinstein Co.’s downfall after co-founder Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial sexual predator last year via Pulitzer Prize-winning stories in The New York Times. A+E Television Networks, the parent company of Lifetime, terminated its deal with TWC on Jan. 10, ending their commitment to air any further seasons of the show.

Project Runway was created by Eli Holzman. In 2008, it won a Peabody Award "for using the 'television reality contest' genre to engage, inform, enlighten and entertain.” All seasons thus far were filmed in NYC, with the exception of season 6, filmed in Los Angeles.

The program has been nominated for dozens of Primetime Emmys; Klum and Tim Gunn won for Outstanding Reality Competition Host in 2013. The popularity of Project Runway has also spawned spinoffs like Under the Gunn and Project Runway: Junior, and several international iterations all over the globe.


Disney Theme Parks Just Got A Lot More Exciting Thanks To New Pride Hats

Disneyland is now selling rainbow Mickey ears!

While LGBTQ fans of the Disney empire have repeatedly been disappointed by the lack of queer representation in House of Mouse films, they might be excited to see representation forming elsewhere.

The rainbow colored hats are now being sold at a Five & Dime in Disneyland with hopefully the product spreading across the globe (and online) in due time.

The hats themselves have bright rainbow ears and a red cap underneath. On the cap, there are a pair of Mickey gloves making a heart sign with another rainbow inside.

Fans are already celebrating the arrival of the merchandise on Twitter.

In addition, Youtuber Joey Garceffa and his partner Daniel recently posted a video of their family going to Disneyland and getting the hats.



Would you buy a pair of rainbow Mickey ears?

h/t: GayStarNews

Werk: Christian Siriano Debuts New Store in NYC

Christian Siriano, who is arguably Project Runway's biggest success story since the show premiered over a decade ago, continues to see his incredible fashion career flourish with the opening of his brand new store in the heart of New York City.

The famed fashion designer, who has dressed the likes of A-list celebrities including Nicole Scherzinger, Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker, has opened Curated NYC on 54th Street near Fifth Avenue, a prime location in Manhattan for all things fashion.

Page Six has reported that the opening brought in a ton of major celebrities, including Alicia Silverstone, Debra Messing, Patricia Field, and Real Housewives of New York City star Dorinda MedleyHeidi Klum, who was the one to crown him the winner of Project Runway back in season 4, sent him orchids to celebrate.

His new fashion home, a 1900's townhouse, was used at one point by legendary actor Cary Grant.  Not sure if Cary would ever use the term "fierce" in this situation, but it pretty much is. 

What's even more amazing is that Christian is going into the culinary business this summer, as he plans on opening a rooftop vegan cafe that will sell goodies that Alicia will create. "As if!"

Congrats to Christian on all your success!  



No one discovered Alexander McQueen. McQueen discovered himself.

Fashion genius and enigma, Alexander McQueen, left the world by his own hand in 2010—a tragic moment for the world of art and fashion. A creator who had risen to fame at the young age of 27 as the chief designer for Givenchy, Lee Alexander McQueen influenced the world with his artistry and theatrical runway shows.

The British designer whose work pushed the boundaries of controversy and complexity became one of the most sought after fashion houses that still resonates with the seeker of the lavish and obscure.

His death became a tear in the fabric of fashion history, but his legacy lives on.

Film makers Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui’s new documentary about the life of McQueen is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend and will bring the world closer to the mystery that was Alexander McQueen. The film features dynamic footage of McQueen’s work and fashion shows along with interviews with some of his closest friends and family who recount the designer’s journey.

The film festival’s site states:

McQueen offers a vivid portrait of the tortured but inspired auteur’s work and persona. 

Through the film you will learn that “No one discovered Alexander McQueen. McQueen discovered himself.

The film is 111 minutes and will premiere Sunday, April 22nd at the Tribeca Film Festival. Limited release for the film is set for Summer.

Here’s a glimpse of the chilling teaser trailer of the highly anticipated McQueen:


h/t: Tribeca Film Festival


These Bears Created A Parody To Calvin Klein's Denim Campaign

Some men on Instagram are celebrating the beauty of a full figure.

At the end of last year, fashion brand Calvin Klein released a new denim campaign with A$ap Rocky at the center of it. The rapper and the fashion brand joined together to celebrate hot clothes and hot men of color.

The video below will give you a quick peak into the campaign.

But, some men on the internet thought that wasn’t enough. They thought the statement of male beauty could go a step farther.

Model and Instagram darling Darnel Ghramm from New Jersey thought it would be great if the denim campaign had gone with a group of bears and bigger bodied men.

32-year-old Ghramma then got a couple models together last week, pulled out a few denim shirts and jackets, and made a parody photo on Instagram.

In one of the posts, which are all found below, Ghramm wrote the lines:

“I decided to bring together a few plus males with different ethnicities, height, sizes & shapes to answer these questions & recreate the 'Plus Size Male' shoot Calvin Klein missed out on. We EXIST and we are constituted by many different things. Whether big, tall or simply fall outside of the worlds standards, we are ALL handsome and worthy, FACT!”

So tell us, which are your favorites? The top photos, the bottom ones, or are you a fan of them all?

h/t: GayPopBuzz

'Queer Eye' Star Karamo Brown Scores Huge Gig For Himself!

2018 keeps getting better and better for Queer Eye star Karamo Brown!  

Outside of the show, he has conquered many avenues in entertainment, such as his illustrious career on television and more (check out our exclusive with him here).

Now, he will be tackling the world of modeling, as he announced earlier today that he signed with one of most prestigious modeling agencies in the world: Wilhelmina!

'He's a model! Yay!' paired with "I just signed with @wilhelminamodels" was one of his instagram stories about the exciting news.  He posted it sitting in their office in front of the big Wilhelmina sign.

He also posted a heartfelt video where he shared the good news again, surrounded by several Wilhelmina employees.   "I was literally crying before this video," he captioned. "I have been told so many times that my skin was to dark, nose to big or that I just wasn’t good enough. And I never stopped believing in myself. And today this happened! I guess all those moments in my moms living room pretending to be Naomi Campbell have finally payed off."

Congrats to Karamo on the new gig!