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.
HB: Do you travel a lot, what’s your favorite City?
WT: Yes I've travelled quite a bit and one of my fave places is Paris, great sceneries, architectures, wine and their fragrances, one of the most fashionable cities in the world.
HB: Is modeling easy or difficult?
WT: Modeling is definitely not easy, you have to be mentally strong, and have thick skin, as you will be judged and get turned down 75-80% of the time. Modeling is even more difficult for people of color, especially black male. I've been told many times, I'm too build, my look is too strong,too commercial, my look isn't in high demand at the moment, or I'm too dark etc.. I had to learn to be strong for that part of the world.
HB: Did you always want to model:
WT: Good question, No one has that question before, lol I was never into modeling, it grew into me, I actually wanted to be a Historian/philosopher.
HB: Best and worse thing about modeling:
WT: Best thing about modeling for me is that it allows me to be creative, it taught me to be patient and it also helps me maintain a healthy body and good hygienes. On another note it does not hurt to get paid for my looks which I've gotten teased for growing up :)
Worse thing about it to me is the lack of diversity, i think models of colors should be working more. Because I think we're as marketable as any models of other races.
HB: Why did you decide to be a model?
WT: I've decided to be a model, because I like the money. Haha! I honestly decided to become a model because I thought if I can make it and make a name for myself, I could become some type of advocate for clean water and better opportunities for the lesser fortunates in Haiti and across the globe. I grew up drinking water from the rivers in Haiti, and I must say that it's not the healthiest and in our days, that should change. I'm not where I want to be with that just yet, but working on it.
HB: Where do you live?
WT: I live in the States..
HB: Are you a clotheshorse?
WT: I'm not a clothe horse at all, unless I'm going somewhere that requires dressing up.. I'm comfortable in my track/sweat pants, tshirts and gym shoes. I try to lead a simple life.
HB: What do you do for fun?
WT: I enjoy ,working out, hiking, Broadway shows, playing soccer, meditating, going to the museums, baking, volunteering.
HB: Any hidden talents?
WT: Singing, ability to imitate people with different accents. I need to uncover more of my hidden talents, this is embarrassing haha!
HB: Favorite food:
WT: #1 Haitian food, Senegalese, thai, Italian, salmon and sweet potatoes with a little bit of coconut oil and sprinkle of cinnamon and ground ginger. I also like trying different cuisines.
I listen to a lot old school music, such as Nina Simone, mile Davis, seal, Elton John, jah cure, Haitian Racines, kompa, hip hop, jazz, funk, and Psquare etc..
HB: How do you stay connected to Haiti, do you give back to Haiti?
WT: I travel to Haiti once or twice a year to to do volunteering work.. Most recently projects with JP media group in Haiti..
I do workshop with kids and adults in some villages, I teach them about healthy living, fitness and first aid. Currently working on a clean water project for some villages..
HB: Tips for upcoming models?
WT: Be humble, show up on time for your gigs, prepare for a lot of rejections , stay in school, always have a backup plan. Take care of your body and have Good hygiene..
HB: Where can our readers find you?
HB: Thank you Wilno