Cherif was shot exclusively for by Tristan Montalbot, with styling by Victoire Seveno, and makeup by Aurore Gibrien. Special thanks to Enfant Précoce and Walk in Paris.


Cherif Mohamed Ali Douamba

The Claw (Paris)
d’management group (Milan)
IMG (New York)
IMG London ()
Francina Models (Barcelona)
Yafan Models (Accra – mother agency)


189cm (6’2.5″)


Place of Origin:
Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Ethnic Origin:


How discovered:
On Instagram by a model scout.

What was your first modeling job?
It was a show for Zegna, in Fall/Winter 19. It was an amazing experience for me. I was so stressed; like I didn’t know what I had to do, how should I walk, haha… but the team was so friendly and I’m sure this show will stay in my mind forever.

Favorite things:
I love listening to music; I’m a music addict, reading too, and taking pictures of everything, haha. I think my favorite thing is my phone because I can do all of these things with my phone.

What are you listening to at the moment?
The rapper Skepta, my favorite song by him is BET.

Favorite movie, tv show:
I think I love all the Marvels but my favorite one is Civil War.

Favorite designer, fragrance or beauty product:
My favorite designer is Olivier Rousteing. I can’t explain but he has a very beautiful personality, so humble and friendly.
My favorite fragrance is Black Opium by YSL.
Beauty product: natural butter, cocoa butter, but usually I don’t use anything, just bathe, haha.

What were you doing before modeling?
Before modeling, I was a student in law. I’m at my 5th year into studying Law, Business and Management.

What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
I will go back to become a lawyer, open my own company and help those who need me.

What’s something uncool that you love anyway?
This question, haha! For my height, I have little fingers, little ears and little feet. Everyone finds it strange but I love them.

Favorite modeling experience so far?
My best experience was my show for Dior. I met many celebrities and the show was magical, everything seemed unreal.

What’s the best thing about your hometown/country?
I love the meals of my country, and the atmosphere there. For me, I think it’s something unique in this world, nowhere else I could feel these things.

Which brand would you really love to model for?
As a brand it’s CHANEL ???? — I want to do everything: show, lookbook, campaign.

Place you would love to visit:
Jamaica is the place I would love to visit

Currently you’re obsessed with/about:
I am someone who is full of imagination… I think about writing a book.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
My father always tells me that we harvest what we sow. When you do good around you, in your personal life as well as professional, it is only good that will happen to you too.