Me: Were you born and raised in NYC?
Sergio: I was actually born in Allentown,PA. My stepfather was in the army so I grew up all over the East Coast. I've lived in 7 different states and went to more than 15 schools growing up. Basically all over Florida (Laughter)
Me: Now describe your personal style, tell me about the evolution of your style.
Sergio: I used to dress super urban, wearing clothes 3x bigger than me (Laughter). As I got older and started getting more into fashion it changed tremendously. My clothes are definitely more fitted and trendy these days. I would consider my style pretty versatile. It really just depends on what adventure I have planned that day.
Me: Would you say that you're the true definition of a New Yorker? All black everything, or do you appreciate a brighter pallet?
Sergio: I love New York. Being here only a year, I have definitely gotten used to the lifestyle pretty quickly. I would like to consider myself a true New Yorker (Laughter) but according to friends, I'm still a rookie considering I’ve only been here a year.. so guess I’m not? Anyway, I love all black, but like I said earlier my style is very versatile and depends on how I feel when I wake up. I love wearing things that bring attention and that are very appealing to the eye.
Photographer: Greg Vaughan
Me: Are you inspired by NYC?
Sergio: Absolutely! The hustle is so real out here. Everyones energy and motivation to make it out here keeps me going.
Me: At what age would you say you became interested in fashion? Modeling?
Sergio: When I hit 21 people started telling me I should model. I was thrown off because I was the biggest dork (Laughter). You don’t want to see my Throwback Thursday pics. I was the true definition of an ugly duckling turned into a swan.
Me: What's it like being a model? Describe your journey getting into the business.
Sergio: Being a model is surreal. I never thought I would be in the place I am now. Growing up, I wasn't the best looking kid. I was super skinny, tall, with glasses, insecure and bullied a lot. I grew into myself and transformed. If it wasn’t for the support of family and friends, I wouldn't be where I am right now. They were the ones who pushed and believed in me. My journey was long and I had to deal with a lot of rejection. I sacrificed a lot to pursue my dreams but it has made me a stronger person...
... But here I am, doing what I always dreamed of because I never gave up even though I wanted to many times.
"I would consider my style pretty versatile. It really just depends on what adventure I have planned for the day."
Me: What's your most important style rule?
Sergio: Wear what’s comfortable and always trust your gut. If you have to ask others for their opinion on what you’re wearing then u shouldn't wear it.
Me: What's the worst outfit you've ever worn?
Sergio: When I was 16 I wore this banana colored pin stripped button down and matching shorts. I'm sorry for the image in your head (Laughter).
Me: Are you a big accessory guy? What are some of your favorites?
Sergio: I use to be but it depends on the outfit. I like bracelets or some kind of wrist accessory. Necklaces not so much, it has to be pretty dope looking for me to wear it.
Me: How do you feel about watches? Do you feel every man should have one or are they only good for telling time?
Sergio: I'm not a fan of watches. I just look at my phone for the time, doesn't everyone? (Laughter).
"When I was 16 I wore this banana colored pin stripped button down and matching shorts. I'm sorry for the image in your head" (Laughter)
Me: Do you travel a lot? Do you find that the streetwear in different places are similar or very different from each other?
Sergio: I’ve actually started traveling a lot this year, I love it. I feel the styles are similar but other countries take more chances in fashion which I admire.
Photographer: Rick Day
Me: The most common style mistake men make?
Sergio: I would have to say when their outfit is dope and the shoes aren’t up to par.
Me: What's your favorite "fashion era|decade in fashion" style wise?
Sergio: I would have to say if the 50s and 80s could be mashed together, I would be the face of it. The 50s were so classic and the 80s were so funky, I feel that represents me and my style.
Me: In your opinion, what is one must have item in a man’s closet?
Sergio: Simple. Shoes and black chinos.
Me: What's your favorite fall/winter accessory? Spring/summer?
Sergio: Fall/winter I would say a scarf and for the spring/summer tank top.
Photographer: Ruben Thomas
Me: Black tie or super casual, which do you prefer?
Sergio: I prefer something in the middle.
Me: Did you attend any mens fashion week shows, or see any pics? any new collections your excited about?
Sergio: I actually walked in fashion week for LVL ViII and they are totally my style. Check them out!
Me: Favorite designer and why?
Sergio: It’s hard to choose just one but several of them are Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Armani and Versace.
Me: How would you describe street fashion in NYC?
Sergio: I love it! It’s very expressive of who they are. I love people watching on the streets and being inspired by other peoples fashion. It’s edgy, it’s raw, it’s sexy.
Me: What’s next for Sergio? Anything we should be looking out for?
Sergio: What’s next? I'm just getting started! Look out for a lot more. I want to continue growing as a model. I’m on my grind constantly. I'm also an actor so I am developing myself in that as well.
So there you have it! Keep on the look out for Sergio Acevedo who promises to keep you on your toes. Also be on the look out for his GENT editorial debut in GENTNYC season 1 "GOODBYE SUMMER" coming this fall.