1. What are your biggest fashion obstacles?
“What’s done isn’t always easy.” For me, finding the perfect fit is my biggest obstacle! I have massive thighs that typical cause my jeans to fit my waist loose and my thighs tights. This really interferes with online shopping for me. As far as tops, winter time I have the best luck at shopping for them. Summertime seems to be the trickiest as I can almost never find the “perfect” T-shirts in stores.
2. Where are you from and what are biggest fashion trends in your city?
I’m am born and raised in Omaha, NE. I originate from a city where “simple and stylish” is in. Unfortunately, we not blessed with many stores a lot of other cities have, however, we utilize what we do have and make it work.
3. Tell us about your biggest fashion nightmare and if it came true do explain. (attach a picture if you can)
What if, bigger guys only had the option to wear boot cut and wide leg jeans!!!!!!!!! If this were to come true, I would definitely be wearing sweatpants daily until I lost weight.
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4. What are some of your biggest style inspirations?
Nudes, vintage, and uniqueness are my style inspirations. I love nude colored clothing simply because I can be extremely simple and still stand out. Nude colors not only compliment my skin, but they give a grown and sexy look. I love vintage! I think it takes a person who is well aware of their style to pull off vintage. Lastly, unique prints, and/ or fabrics really excite me. Lately, I have really been into velvet pieces.
5.Where do you see yourself in five years and how do you see yourself accomplishing it?
In the next 5 years, I see myself in a more fashion-forward city, with a clothing line geared toward men who are larger than an XL. I see myself accomplishing this goal by simply taking step by step. I think by modeling, networking, and advertising my confidence and style can really help me achieve that goal.
6.What do you feel is missing in fashion for the men of size?
EVERYTHING! I think the main fashion piece missing for men of size is jeans. Though many brands started making tapper fitting jeans for us, most of those jeans are plain jeans. I would really like to see more brands make those “athletic fit” jeans with distress designs, etc.
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 KANYE WEST! I think Kayne is literally just naturally dope, and he does things effortlessly, in the simplest attire.
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