Cory Wade Hindorff

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Cory Wade Hindorff
Born (1990-09-21) September 21, 1990 (age 28)
Philadelphia, PA
NationalityAmerican
Modeling information
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBlue
AgencyEMG Models
Websitecorywadeofficial.com

Cory Wade Hindorff (born September 21, 1990, in Philadelphia, PA) is an American model, actor, singer, songwriter and LGBTQ activist and spokesperson. He is best known for placing in third place on the 20th cycle of America´s Next Top Model, and being the first openly gay male participant in the show.

Early life[edit]

Hindorff is the third of four brothers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 21, 1990. He attended Strath Haven High School there, and later studied musical theater at Point Park University. He focused his early career on live theater, and performed as Angel in Rent at a local equity house in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and Paul in a chorus line in another professional production.

Career[edit]

ANTM[edit]

Hindorff was selected to participate in the 20th cycle of “America’s Next Top Model.” in 2013.[1] The season was unique because it was the first time Tyra Banks allowed both men and women to compete against each for the first place. Throughout the show, Hindorff was forced to mature his inner-self to stand against the criticism of fellow male models and especially judge Rob for being too "feminine" and having a lack of masculine poses for the photoshoots

He described it in an interview: “I went through an identity crisis that almost completely destroyed me when I was on that show. All of that said, my experience on Top Model was incredible and life changing. It was a very positive thing. I just wish I could've desensitized myself to all of the pressure I was receiving to 'man up' or to ‘act straight.’”[2]

Tyra Banks also helped Hindorff get through some tough times during the show: “She told me that what I had to offer was polarizing…and that I should use that to my advantage. That advice has served me very well! She was also the one who recommended that I get into event hosting and red carpet hosting! I've made most of the money I've earned in 2015 through hosting at events and on red carpets so she definitely knew what she was talking about! I love her endlessly.”

After his run on the 20th cycle of ANTM he returned for three cameos on the next season.[3]

After ANTM[edit]

He went on to do several modeling jobs, including hosting the 2015 Queer Fashion Show[4] and being on the cover of GPhilly.[5]

Music career[edit]

In february 2015, he released his first single "I´m Sorry"[6] and followed it with "Carpe Diem" on july that same year. During a trip to London on 2017, he got acquaintanced with pop producer Alan Glass, who produced his first album "Unify" with its first single and music video "There For You"[7] which featured androgynous model Rain Dove, debuted on June 26, 2017. Unify was released on september 2017 via Spotify.

Activism[edit]

He is a strong supporter of LGBTQ equality and especially gender-fluid and non-binary clothing choices for queer people.[8] He has been published in the Huffington Post,[9] Buzzfeed,[10] People[11] and others in various articles about gender non-conformity as well as general queer culture in today's society. He advocates for The Door NYC, Adoptions From The Heart, Attic Youth Center and Sound Affects charities and non-profit organizations.

Personal life[edit]

According to interviews, he loves to sing, act, model and being a drag queen. He is also known to have a relationship, mostly platonic with fellow androgynous model Rain Dove.[12] Cory resides in New York City, sharing an apartment with fellow queer model and personal friend Rain Dove[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Philly Man to Star in Next Cycle of Top Model, Starting Tonight – Philadelphia Magazine". Philadelphia Magazine. August 2, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "SDGLN catches up with "America's Next Top Model" Cory Wade". San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. August 16, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Narasaki, Rosie. "Who Won Best Makeover On 'ANTM?'". Bustle. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "America's Next Top Model Cory Wade to Host and Walk Queer Fashion Week". EDGE Media Network. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "LGBTQ&A: Cory Wade". Philadelphia Magazine. June 24, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Top Model's Cory Wade Hindorff Releases New Single, "I'm Sorry" – Philadelphia Magazine". Philadelphia Magazine. January 15, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "Cory Wade - There For You | Featuring Rain Dove". Between Pictures. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "Phluid Is Freedom: Cory Wade Calls for Attention - COOLS". COOLS. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Vita, Anita Dolce (July 13, 2015). "Gender Fluid Menswear Campaign Features Models Rain Dove and Cory Wade". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Nigatu, Sarah Karlan, Heben. "10 Badass People Proving Androgynous Fashion Is What You Make It". BuzzFeed. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "Rain Dove: Meet the Androgynous Female Model Starring in a New Menswear Campaign". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Cory Wade: How to Become Your Own Brand". July 17, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "Meet the Wonderfully Androgynous Model Who's Shattering Fashion's Gender Norms". Retrieved March 8, 2018.