Younes Bendjima is a man of few words. The rare occasions when he does speak to the press therefore come with a heightened expectation. The people want to know! The people were rewarded late Thursday this week when the latest Vogue Man Arabia cover featuring Younes broke on Instagram and along with it a link in bio interview. To be sure, there is an economy to the words Younes uses, which compared to the incessant chatter of the digital age is downright refreshing. “I’m really attached to my culture and my religion as they have helped to make me who I am today,” says Younes. “My roots will continue to shape me forever.” This sense of decorum and reserve are apparent throughout the interview and for that matter on the page. Photographer Mann Butte faithfully captures Younes, trained fighter, coiled spring that he is. All told, this cover is Younes through and through, a knock-out.

Visit man.vogue.me to see this interview in full.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue Man Arabia Spring / Summer 2019; Photography, Mann; Fashion direction, Katie Trotter; Styling, Celia-Jane Ukwenya; Hair, Sofie Begtrup; Grooming, Toni Malt.

Younes Bendjima | Vogue Man Arabia Spring / Summer 2019 (Photography: Mann)

Younes Bendjima | Vogue Man Arabia Spring / Summer 2019 (Photography: Mann)