I had the pleasure of meeting and working with the self proclaimed Fake Socialite of New York. From the moment we met up to do this shoot his aura radiated positivity which relieved any awkwardness that two strangers may encounter upon working together for the first time, and made for a light-hearted shoot.
When I first met Curtis, I had no idea that he was cultivating such a positive movement by using his large following to spread this positivity to the masses, but after meeting him and speaking with him about the mark he wishes to leave on this planet, I found myself impressed... and honored to be a part of it.
To him: "A fake socialite understands that they have a pedestal, yet they're humble and they really don't separate themselves from other people." This is something I can absolutely relate to and if I had the following he had or some of these social media mavens had I would be pushing the same agenda. I would never want anyone to feel uncomfortable, less fabulous, or like they are less than me.
Because of what he represents, Curtis is officially in my book of people to get to know and I hope this isn't the end of our work together.
"I'm Curtis Bryant, a true new yorker, born and raised in the Bronx New York with dreams about making art to get him and his mom out of the hood. I'm inspired by people, and have the ability to meet a stranger and make them feel like we grew up in the same neighborhood together, some say I have an addicting personality."
"Currently I'm a freelance graphic designer as well as photographer. I have been freelancing in both fields for about 5 years now. One half of BRYANTHOUSE DESIGNS, a freelance graphic design company I started along side a fellow Parsons for the New School for Design alumni, Class of 2011!"-Curtis Bryant-
"My style is a mix of Andre 3000, Chris Brown and Solange Knowles. Solange Knowles is my spirit fashion animal. Her use of bold colors and patterns are something I enjoy. And though I'm wearing all black here, I wear an array of bright colors on a day to day basis, Bright colors make me happy and I think it helps people who see me walking down the street to feel positive energy as well. I like to think of myself as a style chameleon."
"I do/make the art that I make because it honestly keeps me sane and it allows me to express myself to people in ways that I can't verbalize all the time. Being a Pisces I'm always thinking and imagining, my art allows people to get a little glimpse of everything that's going on in my head. I hope that people remember me for always being consistent whether it's in my work or my personality."
What he wore:
- Black hat is vintage. $0 (Gifted)
- Fake Socialite T-Shirt is from Curtis Bryant's T-Shirt line and can be found at fsnyc.bigcartel.com for $20. (Will be available August 16, 2013)
- Black Skirt from Karl Lagerfeld pop-up shop, $120
- Black Aldo Sandals from Aldo. $30