Born and raised in NYC, Yanni moved to Toronto in 2008, where he modelled for hair brands and catalogue shoots. He studied Fashion Arts at Humber College and completed a Fashion Communication degree at Ryerson University. He then attended Guelph University to study Marketing Management. This led to directing editorial photo shoots and working as creative director for various brands in Toronto and now Regina. He has also worked as a media strategist. Yanni labels himself a unique “moon child” and vows to always stay true to himself.