Last Friday Sekou Carradine celebrated a mystery number birthday at The “Baseball” Tavern in Fenway. He definitely got the welcome home treatment as his return was met with a media frenzy and a packed house.
I was all set to do my interview off the cuff using my voice record on my blackberry – no more use of note pads since I got called out incessantly at the Timbaland concert by Timbaland himself – so embarrassing! – but was instead thrust into an “on camera” situation – perhaps the footage will resurface one day, but ’til then here’s what my memory can cover – oh and by the way next time y’all try and put me on the spot like that I better have a release! – kidding – kinda.
Sitting down, now microphone in hand with the handsome model – wearing Ty Scott I believe – showed his New York side by not being afraid to wear sparkles and shag sparkles at that…hey gotta love the confidence - over a black blazer. This was my first time interviewing a Super Model so I was thinking in my mind “use small words…speak slowly” I know – totally wrong – but hey I gotta keep it real with y’all. But I was pleasantly floored by his “down home” vernacular – the guy was seriously down to earth – gorgeous and smart? Focus Tiffany, focus.
As this was impromptu we talked about how Sekou Carradine recieved the one-word Supermodel-knighthood status of “Sekou” and was surprised to find it was all happenstance. “Well first you got to understand that modeling was not my passion, I didn’t know anything about designers or fashion, I was walking down Newbury St. and I was scouted and it just took off from there.” So how did life change for you? “I would say without going into a whole lot of detail, more choices. A lot more opportunities.”
The “younger” Sekou had no idea about fashion, fashion designers or the like, but was a quick study as he went abroad to Europe breaking barriers by being a fresh face for Abercrombie and Fitch among other notable campaigns.
Traveling the world and reaching a level of success that some only dream of – what’s next? “Well I took a break from modeling and starting taking acting classes to prepare for a career as an actor.” So why come back to Boston? Most don’t well they don’t. “My mother is here, my roots are here and Boston is at the cusp of an artist’s movement and I want to be a part of that. It is great to be able to be a part of something at the beginning. And I think I have a lot of talent to offer this city and the industry.”
Well welcome home! And best wishes for continued success!