Photography Mario Sorrenti

Model & boxer Younes Bendjima on feeling expensive

He also discusses shooting with Mario Sorrenti, what he's grateful for and weekend plans with Mustafa the Poet.

by i-D Staff
22 December 2021, 8:00am

Photography Mario Sorrenti

This story originally appeared in i-D's The Out Of The Blue issue, no. 366, Winter 2021. With thanks to Tiffany & Co. Order your copy here.

**Hi Younes, how are you today?

Can you introduce yourself and tell us what you do?My name is Younes Bendjima. I am French and Algerian, and I do my best.

What are you working on at the moment?Myself. Being more thankful, patient and understanding.

Younes Bendjima wearing an unzipped black hoodie and Tiffany diamonds shot by Mario Sorrenti
Younes wears hoodie YOHJI YAMAMOTO. High Jewellery necklace in platinum with diamonds TIFFANY & CO.

Can you tell us a little about your experience shooting this story with Mario?A beautiful experience, a great man with values. I had never met him before but he made me feel at home. We had a great conversation and an easy, quick, dope shoot. He is a master. I definitely felt expensive.

What are you currently most grateful for?My health, my religion, my family and education.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A spy like James Bond, and someone that my mum would be proud of.

And what do you want to be now?A man satisfied with what God gives him. A man of value. And still someone that my mum would be proud of.

And what are you doing tomorrow?Workout early in the morning as usual. Then text maman good morning with mad heart emojis, and then have a good lunch. It’s Saturday tomorrow so I’m just gonna vibe through the city with the broski Mustafa the Poet, Habibis in Paris.


With thanks to Tiffany & Co.

Photography Mario Sorrenti
Fashion Dan Sablon

Hair Kalle Eklund at Bryant Artists using Oribe
Make-up Elodie Barratt 
Photography assistance Kataro Kawashima and Virgile Biechy
Digital operator Nicolas Fallet
Fashion assistance Clara Viano
Tailor Mikolaj Sokolowski 
Production Katie Fash and Layla Néméjanski
Casting director Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING

All jewellery (worn throughout) Tiffany & Co.