Wilhelmina’s Cece Yost Tells All

Wilhelmina's Cece Yost

Full Name: Cecelia Yost

Age: 21

Location: The East Village in New York City

Hometown: The Shenandoah Valley in Northern Virginia

Agency: Wilhelmina Models NY

Other Agencies: Mannequin Models Singapore

Height: 5’9.5″

Sign: Capricorn

Relationship Status: Single

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How old were you when you started modeling? 18

When did you decide you wanted to become a model?

It’s always been in the back of my head. My mom did a lot of photography when I was growing up, so I think my aspiration to model is rooted from that. I used to set up my own photo shoots and put the camera on timer so I had to run into frame. Haha.

What do your family and friends think of your modeling career? Do they support it?

Yes, they’re all supportive. Modeling is so unconventional, I think they’re intrigued to know more about it. I didn’t realize how little I knew about the fashion industry until I started modeling; it’s a completely a different world.

Who is your best modeling friend, meaning your best friend who is also a model?

I can’t pick one friend in particular, but my best modeling friends are Sharon Kavijan, Caitlin Ricketts, Cassie Stana, Dominique Nguyen, Lindsay Davis, and Whitney Jensen. It’s hard moving around all the time but I feel at home with any of them around.

What is your favorite city that modeling has taken you to?

I had an amazing time in Singapore, but as far as cities themselves, I’d say Sydney was my favorite. It’s beautiful and beachy, but also has all the positive aspects of a city.

You lived and worked in Singapore for a while. How did that market differ from the American market?

The Singapore fashion world is run by stylists. In other markets, photographers and clients seem to be the most in charge. Singapore is also really safe and tropical, work just seems easy there. I love NY, but sometimes the atmosphere alone can be stressful.

What do you feel is the hardest part about being a model?

There’s a lot of rejection in modeling so you definitely need to have thicker skin. The hardest part for me is all the moving around and living out of a suitcase. I’ve grown to love traveling, but it can be lonely and hard to adjust to. Especially if you’re a bad packer.

What are some of your most favorite modeling experiences?

Being able to travel is an amazing opportunity. I doubt I would have left the States if I hadn’t started modeling. My favorite experience so far is Singapore; I made so many good friends there.

What was one of the most awkward modeling experiences you’ve had?

Anytime a photographer asks what my nudity policy is.

What do you love about the modeling industry?

I love shooting with creative people. When everyone is amazing at their job it feels like you’re actually creating something, and not just snapping pictures.

What do you hate about the modeling industry?

The industry has really evolved, but it’s also gotten so big that a lot of inspiring talent is hidden, and you have to muddle through a lot to find it.

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

It’s hard to imagine, but I guess I’d be in school, probably studying to work in the medical field.

Who is your favorite designer or fashion house?

I don’t have a favorite designer because I tend to love certain pieces rather than an entire collection. I love seeing young designers’ work, when it is still raw and being sketched. The last really diverse sketches I saw were from Dominik Takacs.

Where do you hope to see your career in one year?

Of course I want to be more successful and established. One of my top goals is to get a big fragrance or beauty ad. The Chanel, Dior, and Victor&Rolf ads are always timeless.

What is something weird or uncool that you love doing?

I like playing classical music on the piano and I really like Halloween socks.

What is your favorite food?

Watermelon, always.

What is your current obsession?

Fashion wise, I’m really into the whole menswear for women look. I love boyfriend jeans, blazers, and trousers. Like a subtle vibe of Annie Hall.

What song can you not stop playing?

My music is always changing, but right now I really like Love Lost by The Temper Trap.

What three material possessions could you not live without, and why?

I don’t have much attachment to material things, but I always have buckeyes with me. Buckeyes are similar to chestnuts, but you can’t eat them and they’re supposed to be good luck.

Lastly, what is your advise to aspiring models?

Be individual, never blend in, and work your ass off.

Reese Herrick is Founder and Editor-in-Chief for CHAOS Magazine as well as a fashion stylist who splits her time between San Francisco and New York. Known for her edgy and raw aesthetic, she focuses on delivering the full package. From initial concepts, storyboards, model selections and model direction, to final shot, she can do it all. Reese earned her BFA in Journalism and Fashion Marketing from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.