XL’s Featured Tribe Men Of The Week Najee Fox
1. What are your biggest fashion obstacles?
My biggest fashion obstacles, for me it is finding a pair of jeans that fit me perfectly. The issue I have is I have been blessed and cursed with having big strong legs from my father and when it comes to my sport they come in very handy but when we talk about obstacles outside of my sport, finding jeans to fit me just right is difficult. I have to buy the next waist size up to fit my legs in them but then the problem is I “MUST” then wear a belt and I dislike that most times a belt doesn’t go with most styles I like to wear.
2. Where are you from and how you describe your style?
I’m from the United Kingdom representing a small city called Stoke-On-Trent. My style of clothing Varys. I literally wear anything and everything I feel comfortable in or like he look off whether that be name brand or average clothes. I love colors and anything slightly out of the box and I’m never afraid to try random clothes together because as long as I look in he mirror and say ” I’m happy to meet the world” then regardless of what outfit I wear, I know people are gonna get the best of me just because I feel good internally.
3. Tell us about your biggest fashion nightmare and if it came true do explain. (attach a picture if you can) This is quite difficult to answer because I don’t think I have been in a situation where it may be awkward or embarrassing, however, I do have a problem with underwear and I think many men can relate to this, so most times the boxer shorts I wear will have a mind of their own and begin to roll up my inner thighs when they feel like it, meaning it gets wedged in and around them “areas” and to un-roll them and pull them back is more of a skill than people realize, especially whilst walking. To be able to organize your boxer shorts underneath your jeans/ bottoms whilst trying to maintain the same walk as normal, to me, is beyond achievement and I’ve yet to meet anyone who can actually do this. PS: if you know any great ways to nail this skill then feel free to inbox me.
4. What are some things you wanna see more of from your favorite brands?
Things I’d like to see more of from my favorite brand. Maybe more promotion and support for the big teddy bears of this world is needed. Nowadays, the world we live in promotes positive body images and supports the bigger people like never before and I feel there is a huge market that brands are missing out on regarding accommodating for the curves and big and tall people mainly in local stores etc. Whenever I shop in stores I’m always finding myself asking staff what shoes they have in my size (UK12)(EU45/46) before I can even look at what I like, and once they have checked I can then decide which out of the 2 pairs of shoes I like! Sometimes I’m not even that lucky for them to have any size 12’s in store, so ! #ThankGodForOnlineShopping
5. Where do you see yourself in five years and how do you see yourself accomplishing it?
Wow, big question. I have a vision but not a set place I want to be. Being an athlete for 17 years means I’m in no position to stop pursuing my efforts in being the very best I can be in my sport whilst at the same time I’d like to use my modeling career to help support that motive. I come From a very humble beginnings and my life story at such a young age is quite frightening, spiritual, beautiful and as most people have told me inspiring and empowering and so taking that into consideration, I’d like to be able to just give as much back to my community the youth and all those that supported me when I couldn’t support myself. I’m on a very deep mission to complete what I fully feel is Gods plan for me on this earth and before my time is up on this planet, I just want to leave it in a better place than what I found it. If I had a checklist of things I’d like to accomplish, in no specific order, I’d like to live abroad, help the homeless into work, support and be an ambassador for domestic violence and young men who have been forced to be men young instead of being children due to situations and life experiences that they had no control over. I know many men need to speak out about their past and their demons that hold them back from becoming that ultimate king and it would be a blessing if I can share my story and reach out to them however…before I ramble on more…I’ll get back to my checklist… Maybe put a ring on my partner’s finger and explore the world through my sport and modeling career, to do this in 5 years it’s possible but I let God decide my fate and future, I just continue my journey with genuine positive intentions for all and myself.
6. How long have you been on the journey of being a Big & Tall man? What’s the biggest misconception you hear about Big & Tall Guys?
So this is kind of funny, I’ve actually been a big and tall/ plus size model for 5 weeks from today. It’s quite remarkable and humbling that I’ve already managed to do shoots in Germany and Denmark in such a short time and this is were I show great appreciation and love to the team I have in bridge models. They have been so loyal, caring, honest and loving towards me and I owe them so much more than I can actually give. The biggest misconception is that people don’t seem to think I fit a plus size image, or big and tall look as ….wait for it, ” I’m in good shape”. first of all let me say, gents and women bigger, curvier and heavier than me your shape is always good and your shape doesn’t define you, you define it. Be as Big or as Curvy as you like asking as you aren’t suffering mentally because of it and also ensure that deep down within yourself you can stand in the mirror and smile happy with your shape and figure. Being big isn’t anything to be ashamed of, People who are just gotta learn to own it. Now that doesn’t mean go and be as big as you can be or whatever, I’ll always say as long as you are mentally and physically healthy as you can then stay your shape and love it. I feel It’s important people don’t “assume” a big person isn’t in great shape or health. If a person has to wear XL XXL XXXXXXLLL Then believe that you have every right to be representing clothes and styles in any way they feel they like.
7.If you could swap styles with one celebrity who would it be and why?
It would have to be my childhood hero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson when it comes to his gym wear he actually looks great and I’d love to look that good on the track or in competition. For clothes outside of sport and fitness, it would have to be either the old school R&B singer Jaheim or Carmelo Anthony formerly of the New York Knicks , For Jaheim, not only was his voice so soulful and blessed but his style was on point to and it looked effortless, loved the big boots/Timbs and big coat look with the baggy jeans and knitted jumper or sweater and the watch to add that but of swag and bling. Melo looks so royal in his suits and of course, his own brand of hats have taken my fancy to. I know I’ve picked three here but I could have picked 20+ so I’m sure you guys will let me off right? …
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