A social media sensation kicks up his heels— and turns style conventions on their aspect.
Donté Colley has greater than 800,000 Instagram followers, a lot of whom undoubtedly aspire to his stage of depth and eclecticism in their very own costume. But the plucky digital artistic has an attention-grabbing perspective on the phenomenon of influencing. “Everyone’s journey is totally different,” he says. “You don’t should cookie-cut your self into one thing you see on-line that’s getting loads of likes or feedback or constructive suggestions.”
Colley launched his profession with a sequence of amusing motivational dance videos, a few of which have been filmed in Aritzia’s stockroom, the place he labored. However his relationship with model began manner again, because of his mom, Leeanne, a manicurist and salon proprietor who generally took him alongside on her editorial jobs. “I bear in mind one shoot [with] Coco Rocha,” he says. “I couldn’t consider the method of doing hair, make-up and manicure after which getting the shot. I used to be so impressed.” His mom’s style savvy additionally meant that Colley all the time seemed fabulous, even from day one. “I used to be taking a look at child photos a number of weekends in the past,” he says, “and I used to be like, ‘Wow, why don’t I’ve this outfit now?’”
As he started to discover style additional, Colley turned to Worth Village. “Within the mall, I couldn’t discover what actually resonated with who I used to be,” he remembers. After which he found one other profit to those buying expeditions. “They’re additionally a device [that helps me] cope with my psychological well being,” he says, speaking about how moments when he’s feeling anxious or unhappy will be rotated with a thrifting journey. “There’s something about it that helps you’re taking your thoughts off issues somewhat; it’s calming, nearly like meditation.”
“You don’t should cookie-cut your self into one thing you see on-line that’s getting loads of likes or feedback or constructive suggestions.”
At this time, Colley applauds manufacturers like Dior and Louis Vuitton for his or her more and more inclusive and novel mens- put on collections, and he hopes that the shift continues in the case of stylistic stereotypes. “I really feel that earlier than—rewinding to 5 years in the past—dressing in ladies’s clothes wasn’t acceptable, particularly for a black male,” he says. “A variety of the buying I do is within the ladies’s part. Actually, it doesn’t matter the place you store so long as [the clothing] speaks to you.”
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