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Mark Reay: model, actor, photographer … homeless

 The Big Issue UK 23 August 2019

Mark Reay has lived an extraordinary life, He has starred in Sex and the City, modelled for Vogue, worked with Martin Scorsese - and is also homeless in New York. His unusual background has been documented in a film called Homme Less, that follows Reay’s daily routine. His story shows that anybody can be affected by homelessness – and appearances can be deceptive. He speaks to The Big Issue. (1446 Words) - By Steven MacKenzie

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Mark Reay has starred in Sex and the City, modelled for Vogue, worked with Martin Scorsese - and is also homeless. His extraordinary life working as a fashion photographer, model and actor while sleeping rough on rooftops in New York is explored in the documentary, Homme Less. Credit: Mark Reay

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Mark Reay has starred in Sex and the City, modelled for Vogue, worked with Martin Scorsese - and is also homeless. His extraordinary life working as a fashion photographer, model and actor while sleeping rough on rooftops in New York is explored in the documentary, Homme Less. Credit: Mark Reay

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Mark Reay has starred in Sex and the City, modelled for Vogue, worked with Martin Scorsese - and is also homeless. His extraordinary life working as a fashion photographer, model and actor while sleeping rough on rooftops in New York is explored in the documentary, Homme Less. Credit: Mark Reay

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"I am prepared to make sacrifices in order to be in the city I love," says Mark Reay, a photographer, actor and model in new York who was also once homeless. Credit: Mark Reay

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Before going out on a fashion shoot, Mark Reay would wash and change in public restrooms while he was homeless in New York.Credit: Mark Reay

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Before going out on a fashion shoot, Mark Reay would wash and change in public restrooms while he was homeless in New York.Credit: Mark Reay

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“I call it my ‘well-dressed man’ disguise. Being a tall, healthy, white male gives me a lot more breaks. People aren’t suspicious when I’m crawling about on a rooftop at two o’clock in the morning.”Credit: Mark Reay


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