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Coming of Age: Haitian Super Model Wilnor Tereau

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Wilnor Tereau was born on July 24, 1984 to Haitian parents Milor Tereau and Louisemene Desir. He grew up in various parts of Haiti. Until the age of three, he lived in Ganthier which is nearby Croix-Des-Bouquets. Then, he moved to live with his grandmother, Aureliane Destine (nicknamed “Grann Loulouze”), in Barriere Marasa which is about one hour from Croix-Des-Bouquets.

Living with his grandmother was a significant and memorable experience in Tereau’s life. His grandmother and he lived in a two-room shack made of mud with a roof made from sugarcane leaves. There was no access to electricity and clean water and they had very little to eat. When it rained the roof would leak. Seeing the sadness on his grandmother’s face, Tereau promised Grann Loulouze he would buy her a house with flowers. Unfortunately, Tereau’s dream for his grandmother was short lived. When he was twelve, his grandmother died of a heart attack. She was only 56 years old.

After the sudden death of Grann Loulouze, Tereau’s father moved him to the impoverished city, Cite Soleil, located in Port-au-Prince. Tereau’s life in Cite Soleil was rough with gangs, violence, and economic hardships. However, his break from this notorious city came at the age of fifteen when he moved to the United States. He lived in Chatham, Massachusetts with his father, stepmother, and their children. Tereau attended Chatham Junior/Senior High School.

In his transition from Haiti to Chatham, he experienced culture shock. The language barrier, being the only person of color, and constantly being bullied about his ethnicity made it difficult for him to adjust to this new way of living. Despite these challenges, Tereau found a way to immerse himself in the new culture. He was a good student and a superstar athlete on the school’s soccer team. After graduation from Chatham High School, Tereau took some time off to travel.

Currently, he resides in Boston, Massachusetts where he is attending college with aspirations to become a Physical Therapist. He returns to his country when he can to give back to the communities that helped shape his life.

HB sat with the super model for a very interesting interview:

HB: How did your modeling career start?

WT: I went to a  puma casting call with a friend who was a model at the time and was ask to try out for the Ad campaign and I got a call back.. After that the rest was history.

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