Boris Kodjoe, was born in Vienna , Austria , to Ursula Kodjoe, a
psychologist from Germany , and Eric Kodjoe, a physician from
Ghana , West Africa . He grew up in Germany with brother Patrick
and sister Nadja.
He excelled in sports and became one of
the best Tennis players in the country and was amongst the top
ten junior players in the world, when he accepted a Tennis
scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond .
While studying in Richmond , he was approached
by an agent of the Ford Modeling agency in New York . After
earning his marketing degree, he joined Ford in New York and his
career skyrocketed immediately when he booked twelve campaigns
such as Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Yves Saint Laurent, the GAP,
within the first seven months. He worked with major
publications, such as Vogue, GQ, and Esquire, making him one of
the most recognizable faces amongst male Supermodels.