Corey Baptiste is one of a kind in the realm of black male models. Hailing from the Bronx, New York, with Grenadian and Trinidadian heritage, he was scouted at the age of 19 by his friend and now manager, Brandon Wilson. Wilson encouraged Corey to pursue modelling, and after introducing him to a few influential figures in the industry, Corey soon got his first modelling contract with VNY Model Management.
One only needs to flick through any given men’s magazine to realise how in-demand the young Caribbean-American is. Corey came through in 2010 walking for Armani. He has since been linked to the biggest names in the menswear industry, including Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Michael Kors, and Hugo Boss among others. As for editorials, he has been featured in countless magazines. Name any men’s magazine, and it is likely he has been photographed for it.
Baptiste is best known for his advertising gigs and in 2010 shot his first major campaign with DKNY. Fast forward to 2017, and he has been the face of some of the industry’s most exclusive menswear brands including Banana Republic, Gap, Hugo Boss, J. Crew, Kenzo, Neiman Marcus and Polo Ralph Lauren. He has in the last few years appeared consistently in H&M campaigns, consolidating his bankable status and moving him into the top 4 spots on Models.com listing of “The Money Guys”. Indeed, some have compared him to male supermodel Tyson Beckford, even calling him his successor, all to his credit.