Pigalle Recruits At-Risk Teens as Models

At first glance, the models featured in Pigalle’s latest S/S ’16 presentation might seem typical for a Paris Fashion Week presentation. But, in fact, the group of teens are players from Piagalle founder Stephane Ashpool’s youth basketball team—comprised of at-risk 14- to 18-year-olds. Since starting Pigalle, Ashpool has spent considerable effort revitalizing the gang- and drug-riddled neighborhood from which the brand derives its name, and has organized the team as a way to mentor local kids. Visit The Fader to watch a short video on the athletes-turned-models.