XL Trailblazer Of The Week Olivier. I had the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s not often that a world renowned Model is here in Atlanta that I get a opportunity to chat with them and to photograph them.. I’m so geeked right now. The Internet knows him as Oli but his name is Olivier (Oh-Lee-Vee-Ay) not to pronounced Oliver.
Being that I knew he was only here for a short amount of time and I didn’t wanna take up too much of his time. I drove over to Lenox Mall and we meet at the Apple store (because dah why not lol). With the time I did have to spend with him I was able to soak up a lot of information and knowledge about the biz.
It really lets me know that once you sit down and listen to people talk you can gain so much insight. We talked about hair, fashion, modeling you name it. One of the things that stuck out to me or I should say one of my first questions was where do you live because I always see you in Europe so I thought he lived in Europe…. but come to find out Olivier lives in Brooklyn.
FOH So for one I was shocked but for two if anybody knows me you know that Brooklyn is my hometown so I was born & raised so of course that created an instant bond. XL Trailblazer Of The Week Olivier… and I talked about Modeling practices and some of the hardships that comes with modeling.
One of the misconceptions that I had was that brands weren’t moving fast enough but he helped me understand that hurdles that need to be jumped. One of them being fit. To create a proper Big & Tall line you need more fit models that’s one. Second, you need to go back and forth a few times to make sure the cut is correct.
One of the final things I took from our convo was we as a community should do a better job at rallying around the brands that are creating and executing the mission Of Big & Tall instead of worrying about the brands that haven’t come around YETTTTTT.
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Hola Mi Tribesmen I guess I’ll start by introducing myself. I’m Kirklan Hawes the Founder and creator of XLTribe.com. This site was birthed from an old idea I had to create a community of like-minded guys that was tired of being miss represented and wanted to be displayed in the truest form. Changing the way Big & Tall Men are perceived is the goal for XLTribe.com.