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1. What are your biggest fashion obstacles?
My biggest fashion obstacle? Hands down its finding certain pairs of jeans. Different looks will usually require a different style of jeans, and often times the style we brawnier men need are only sold in small sizes. We need 42-44’s in a slim cut, shredded jean— the largest the store carries is a 36. Leaves us out of choices.
2. Where are you from and what are biggest fashion trends in your city?
I live Muskegon, Michigan. A small town on the west side of the state. My city is very big on basketball shoes. We love Jordan’s and Huaraches. As far as clothing goes, the city is primarily urban, so anything couture, or edgy (even as commercial as H&M), the city usually doesn’t catch on until well after the trend has passed, but what we do wear, we wear it well!
3. Tell us about your biggest fashion nightmare and if it came true do explain. (attach a picture if you can)
My biggest fashion nightmare would have to be ripping out of my clothes! I was always scared of it and just a few weeks ago, I had on one of my favorite jackets. It had gotten too tight, I bent to the side just too far in it and it RIPPED! I stood up, smiled weirdly at everyone and walked sideways out of the room.
4. What are some of your biggest style inspirations?
My biggest style aspirations? I have 2! The r&b singer Khalid, and British Plus Size Male Model Scott Bayliss.
5.Where do you see yourself in five years and how do you see yourself accomplishing it?
I was just recently accepted into the Media Communications program at Cornerstone University, so in 5 years I see myself working for a major media machine (ABC, FOX, VH1, Oprah Winfrey Networks, Viacom etc.) working towards my own
6.What do you feel is missing in fashion for the men of size?
I feel that men of size are poorly represented in today’s fashion. And what the designers and PR miss in this error are the change and drastic increase in revenue that companies would receive if they broadened there a market for men of size. I know personally whenever I run into a quality line that catches my eye and provides my size, I become loyal to that brand. There are hundreds of thousands of XL men whose goal is simply to look good, what If we actually didn’t have to look so hard?
7.If you could swap styles with one celebrity who would it be and why?
If I could swap styles with one celebrity, it would be…Khalid. Most of his looks are effortless and statement-making; not to mention he always looks comfortable
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