What It’s Like To Be A Plus Sized Model In Fashion


Where is your above average section? [laughter] Plus size guys are viewed in society
as second class. There is this misconception that plus size
is not sexy. And I think that there is more people stepping
out of the box and showing their sex appeal. I am six-foot-six . I weigh about two-hundred and seventy-five pounds. I’m a fifty long jacket. So I’m like a hundred pounds and ten inches bigger
than the average model. I’m also like four or five inches taller. I’m six-foot-four. I’m probably about a fifty waist. I’m a nineteen and a half neck. I’m like a fourteen, fifteen shoe. I’m just a giant. I’m six-foot-three. Extra large t-shirt. Forty-four to thirty-two pants. I’ve always been kind of the heavier guy. I just, I love to eat. It is what it is. I’m big. I hit six-foot-six when I was about thirteen,
fourteen years old. You definitely stand out to a point that’s
almost freakish to them. Especially if you’re like me and you are
THE big guy. But you don’t play football or basketball. Now you’re like real freakish. I cried at my freshman football tryouts. So, that’s why I don’t play football. I was the quintessential fat kid. I was the fat kid. I was definitely bullied as a kid for being
a bigger guy. Big has always been the prefix of my name. Big this or big that. I’m used to it. I had a lot of body dysmorphia just from, like,
being teased. And from feeling like I was
outside of what was normal. I was a real sensitive kid. If somebody was like, “Hey, big guy!” I would be like, “Why does it got to be big.” I don’t know, it would just hit me
to my core. I would be, like, why is that the first thing
that anybody ever notices about me. There was this really, really
mean girl in school. I think I was in the fourth or fifth grade. I looked just real round. And I was smiley, so I had really big cheeks. She used to call me cheeseburger all the time. And it kind of got to me, because I was like,
I’m not a cheeseburger. Maybe a double cheeseburger. If I’m gonna be a cheeseburger, I’m gonna
be the best cheeseburger. Shopping is terrifying to a young chubby kid. A lot of the fashion that I see in big and tall,
is really boxy. We get like the dregs of fashion. They make all the super awesome stuff for
other people. And then they’re like,
“You guys can have this.” And we’re supposed to be grateful for what
they give us. But meanwhile, every big and tall guy in the
world is dressed like a giant three-year-old. The Brandon Kyle collection was started out
of my own frustrations with the lack of options in the market. The best way to speak to any industry, to any
society, is to show them this is what we want, this is who we are,
and this is where we are trying to go. So, either you get on board or we’re gonna
do it ourselves. I’m really happy to be working with
Winston Box. We’re trying to create clothing that let people
be able to express themselves. Wear bold patterns. As long as the proportions work for your body,
you can wear whatever you want. You can wear every color. Black is not the most slimming thing. Before I got into men’s plus size fashion, I actually did women’s plus size fashion for ten years. So, I worked with Ashley Graham. I worked with Tess Holiday. Ashely Graham, like come on,
she is Ashley Graham. I love Ashley Graham. I love what she is doing. Finally, we got some type of
representation there. The men’s industry is completely walking in
the shadow of the women’s plus size industry. They’re the pioneers of this. That was the beginning of a movement. I don’t want you to see my size first. See me first. See me for the person that I am. One of the big differences, I think, between
men and women is women kind of bound together and said,
this is something we want. This is something we demand. Men still won’t say that. Even now, they still will not say. They pretend that, “Oh I don’t have to – it
doesn’t matter – fashion is not a guy thing.” I think the idea that men shouldn’t care about
how they look or about fashion at all is stupid. Like, why shouldn’t we? You give somebody a compliment. “Oh, I like your shoes dude, I like those.” That’s not tarnishing your masculinity. Masculinity, I feel like, you are holding
yourself as a man, you’re holding yourself
as someone who’s respectable, conscious, and just being overall a good person. I do feel comfortable in my body, now. But it took a very long time. It’s more than just, you know, loving the
clothes that you put on. But just genuinely loving yourself. From the time you’re born, to the time you
die, you’re truly the only person that loves yourself that entire time. We can always want to make improvements. But I have to love myself right here, where
it is that I am. Just go for it. Don’t let anybody tell you, you can’t do something. Just being completely comfortable with yourself
is the best thing I can tell anybody.

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