We sat outside a cafe on a sunny Parisian day enjoying tea while discussing a few of our future goals. At that moment I had to marvel at where we were. I’d kill for the real estate in that neighborhood. It oozed everything I wanted out of Paris- history, refinement, and views. It was definitely what anyone would call goals.Read More
This shoot means so much to me in so many ways. I love culture- because each culture is so rich, I love sexuality- it's fluid and interesting. This shoot started with a photographer requesting to shoot with an actor who sometimes models. It turned into a political statement on race, culture, and sexuality. So tune into this weeks #IndustryTalk with none other than the actor, model, and writer #RomanAnthony at the #RomanEmpire where #RomanReigns. #PaolinoPhotography #MakeupByKai #SherahStylist #IStandWithOrlando #LGBTEquality #Liberation #Actor #Writer #Model #AndrogynyRead More
It's always amazing when an artist can use their art to be of service to the community. Oddly enough I met Javonte at a posh club in Hollywood. I was with a singer friend of mines who introduced me and said you have to get this guy on your blog. So of course I had to do my research to find out why he needed to be featured. Well after much research and learning of Javonte Rose’s journey to becoming a model and activist through personal struggle I decided to reach out for an interview. I must say that art stems from so much, and the best art stems from the greatest pain. With his activism and “I’m Here!” campaign he's inspired youth to have self-love, and respect. Let's chat with Mr. Rose...
R|A: Javonte you grew up in a small New Hampshire town- kicked out at the age of 15/16 and has now created this brand. How did you turn your life around to becoming not only a popular activist and motivational speaker but to this booked model?
J|R: When I was a young boy I always told myself I’m going to be something and I just stayed strong. When the time was right I did what I had to do. I worked hard for what I wanted in life and I would never give up. My Life is just starting and is falling into place. I’m still working- not only on myself, but learning to influence others each day. God is always watching and opening doors to those who wait.
R|A: Can you tell myself and the readers more about your “I’m Here!” campaign? How did this campaign come about?
J|R: IM HERE! Came from others out in the world. I was just being myself on social media, and people would see that. They write me in the DM's asking me how can you be yourself and there’s so many people out there that’s still criticizing! I would tell them, I never cared what anyone said, I always had a strong head on my shoulders and I live life for me not for others.
R|A: Now you're also in the process of publishing your first book… Can you explain what the book will be about? What publishing company will be distributing your book and was it hard finding a company to support your movement?
J|R: Yes, I’ve always thought of writing a book about my life. It was just an obstacle course, and I feel free and ready to tell the world. I will be giving further details on the name on me social media @javonterose & @imhere.4u. The book will be on Amazon, Kindle , and print- available online and through my website.
R|A: What advice do you find yourself continuously gifting to hurt people? I've read some of the messages people have sent you and it seems you know a great deal about pain and healing?
J|R: In my life I’ve dealt with a lot of physical and mental pain. I was one to keep it inside to myself and somehow it just made me stronger. I knew were I wanted to be in life and I knew nobody was going to stop me. I always tell them there’s a light at the end of the path. DON’T GIVE UP! Just stand tall, and don’t let them knock you down. To be yourself, and to live life for you.
R|A: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
J|R: I see myself further into my modeling and acting career. I see my brand being international and making a difference in the world. Having a platform for kids in need.
R|A: How does an activist become a model? How did that opportunity present itself?
J|R: I've been a model since about 17 years old. I’ve started this movement back in October in 2015! I always wanted to help out others and do something. The time became right and I went for it.
R|A: Who was a pivotal person in the shaping of your life? We all have a life-line when we just need to talk or something. Who was that person for you?
J|R: A lot of times I felt alone. I’d be by myself. I always looked up to God. That one person I can always call was my ex-girlfriend from teenage years, Amani Tyrance.
R|A: I've seen on your site that you're also into fitness. What are some of your diet & work out tips?
J|R: I’ve been working out since I was 12. I eat a lot of chicken and fruits. Always have your protein shakes, most important for your workouts. I workout mostly every day.
R|A: Now it is the political season so I just have to ask who are you interested in seeing as our next President and why?
J|R: Honestly I am still indecisive, power and money makes our society dwell in chaos; when it comes to politics. It’s hard to truly receive authenticity within individual parties and their hidden agenda.
Designer: Mzukisi Mbane
Photographer: Dylan Louw
Female Model: Carine Nguz
STATEMENT FROM THE ARTIST: MZUKISI MBANE
Imprint A/W 2016 - Harboring Hope
Haboring Hope is a collection inspired and dedicated to changing and challenging the concept of menswear and the meaning of being a man in Africa presented in a very beautiful, calm and less dramatic way.
Last season we started on a journey, creating gender bending looks. Also referred to as unisex. Inspired by the woman who gave birth to us all. This season we are still on that same gender bending tip. But this time inspiration is taken from various cultural group as well as religious group. Translating this in a more edgy, futuristic and clean way.
I found myself having this freedom. I got taken to a place where creativity was basically limitless. I became free to challenge the very idea of what menswear is (to the society). How it is suppose to be constructed, the silhouettes and well which lines to cross. In this collection you see me playing around with a lot of geometric shapes. Most shapes taken from a deconstructed a - line skirt. I also found myself challenging and exploring the terms oversized and fitted.
With that being said this collection is rather peaceful and calm. The colors used (white and African print). I wanted to tell the story of believing in your dreams and who you are from a different side. A side where you don't have to fight. Aside of beauty and peace.
"Hope on bravely"