Steven Klein’s New Age of Supermodels: Cloud Modi

Steven Klein finds Cloud Modi as his muse, capturing him in striking Spring 2021 looks.

This story appears in VMAN 45, which is now available for pre-order

In addition to VMAN45 cover star, Shawn Mendes as seen in the Poetry of Pop, four additional supermodels also grace the cover of this year’s winter 2020/Spring 2021 special edition. Steven Klein finds Cloud Modi as his muse, capturing him in striking Spring 2021 looks for an extra special cover.

Wearing Celine by Hedi Slimane, R13 SS21, Bulgari, Telfar—see how Patti Wilson styled Modi for the photoshoot and read his thoughts on the modeling industry moving forward, below:

Cloud wears hat Celine by Hedi Slimane SS21 Headscarf R13 SS21 Necklace Bulgari


VMAN Can you describe your experience shooting with Steven Klein?

Cloud Modi My time with Steven Klein and his staff was simply astonishing. Most importantly, I respect him for what he did on our latest shoot. He took into consideration that what I was wearing didn’t represent who I was as a person and decided to go in a different direction. That simple act showed me the type of person he is, and I love him for it. Additionally, I like how he is surrounded by magnificent and hardworking people who make the experience even better. My love goes to every single one of them, and I’m looking forward to my next shoot with Steven Klein.


Cloud wears jacket Y/Project SS21 Shorts David Menkes Briefs (underneath) Emporio Armani Boots Givenchy SS21 Necklace and ring David Yurman Hat Private Policy SS21 Headscarf Telfar


VMAN How do you think 2020 will impact the world of modeling looking forward?

CM The modeling industry won’t ever be the same after this year in the aspect that, because of the pandemic, it forced the industry to adapt and explore different ways to conduct their business. There’s always room for improvement, and the industry is gradually changing.


Cloud wears jumpsuit MSGM SS21 Briefs Emporio Armani Harness Rufskin Sunglasses Alain Mikli Headscarf Telfar Rings David Yurman


VMAN What is your dream modeling job?

CM My dream modeling job would be going back to Africa for a photo shoot—and if I’m even able to bring my mother along, it’ll be the icing on the cake.

VMAN How are you managing to stay sane amidst this year’s chaos?

CM The credit goes to my family. Hearing their voices puts me at ease, and now more than ever, we’ve been able to strengthen our bond amidst this pandemic, and that goes to show you that you can get through anything with the help of your family. I also make time to go outside and enjoy the weather. 

VMAN Do you have a New Years’ resolution already? 

CM I don’t believe in New Years’ resolution because why is it that everyone decides to make a change every year? Instead, we should all make the necessary adjustments each day so that we can all become better people. Let’s make the most of the time that we have now and shatter the mirror that’s in front of us.

Cloud wears hat Celine by Hedi Slimane SS21 Headscarf R13 SS21 Necklace Bulgari

VMAN What’s the most prized possession in your wardrobe?

CM I would have to say that my Jordan 1 Low Pine Green shoes are my prized possession. The reason behind it is because I’ve altered it in a way that brings meaning to it. I’ve written all the names of my family members along with key phrases that mirror what I’m feeling at the current moment and how I can counteract the feeling if necessary. Also, there are a few words on my shoes that I must apply to my life. 

VMAN Do you see modeling as a long-term career or as a platform that leads to other things? 

CM My response to this would have to be both. The opportunities that the industry provides are endless. I can see myself modeling for years to come and if it branches out to different platforms, by all means, I’ll accept it.  

VMAN  If you weren’t modeling what would you be doing?

CM I would’ve been pursuing my dream to play professional basketball. Ever since the age of ten, I’ve always imagined myself playing alongside some of the best and we’ll see whether or not I’m able to achieve it.  

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