It’s no wonder Honsou spoke to Congress about renewing the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act back in 2008. Honsou, himself was homeless for a couple of years as a teenager in Paris, after he’d left his native Benin. “I lived on the streets for some time – fighting for survival, searching out nothing more than my daily necessities for a meager existence,” Honsou said. This was the early ’80s, all before Honsou was discovered by fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who undoubtedly changed his life. Honsou said that while he doesn’t like to talk about this period in his life it’s good to reflect on where he came from.