NO: Tell our readers a little about yourself.
CP: Hello Readers! My name is Chris Perez. I am 29 years old and based in New York City. I am a chill individual who loves to eat and laugh his way through life. I started my modeling journey about nine months ago. It has been such an amazing experience filled with many great opportunities and connections. I plan to keep grinding and hopefully I will be in a position to pave the way for others such as myself. In my spare time I love traveling, boxing, eating, watching movies, and just building lasting memories with family and friends.
NO: Men’s fashion has been making a huge comeback and impact in society over the past year, why do you think that is?
CP: I think men’s fashion has always played second fiddle to women’s fashion for a myriad of reasons. I think men’s fashion is coming towards the forefront now because there are so many different male aesthetic looks that are becoming increasingly more appealing to various brands. There is literally an unlimited number of ideas a brand can campaign with due to the wide variety of men’s aesthetic looks they have to choose from.
NO: In what way do you feel the “Black Man’s” style has influenced the fashion industry?
CP: I believe “Black Man’s” style has influenced the fashion industry because we are seeing so many different looks and ensembles throughout the industry. Growing up, the only Black male model I knew of was Tyson Beckford. I had this image in my head that a male model should be slim, muscular, have great skin, and just look perfect all-around. Now we have various avenues in Black Male fashion. Now we have Billy Porter, Nemar Parchment, Raul Samuel, Dexter Mayfield, and Ady Del Valle. We have so many different individuals who are not built like your quintessential strait sized male models and yet they are making serious strides in this industry.
NO: What designers have influenced your style of any?
CP: Initially, I was (and still am) infatuated with Alexander McQueen and Roberto Cavalli’s designs. They are so appealing to the human eye. Currently, I am more focused at supporting designers of color who make clothing for plus sized individuals such as myself. Designs by DeAngelo, the Brandon Kyle Collection, and Robert E Knight are some great examples of designers who are truly for us in fashion.
NO: The climate in the world today is at an all-time high of people showing more hatred. What are your views and thoughts about it? What do we need as a community to improve it?
CP: I think it’s disgusting. 45 and his supporters have made what was a world full of hatred and turmoil even worse. I was raised to love everyone no matter what. This world is only getting worse in terms of racial tension and hatred for each other. Firstly, we (people of color) need to truly stick together in all facets of life. We need create our own schools, hospitals, businesses, etc. There should be no malice in our hearts towards each other. That only contributes to the ongoing problems in the world. Additionally, we need White allies. There is a great book on White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo that every person should read. We need White allies to not only speak up for us, fight for us, change policies for us, but we need them to do it out of the goodness of their hearts and understanding of our lifelong oppression.
NO: As a black man in today’s society, what can you tell the young men who are seeing all the hate and racism? What advice would you give them?
CP: I would let them know that racism and hatred exists everywhere. A plethora of races will hate people of color for so many egregious reasons. I would say to choose your friends wisely and stick with your family. These are the people who should have your back no matter what. Sadly, in this world we live in, I would advise them to avoid the police at all costs. It seems that we keep losing our people of color due countless acts of police brutality. Stay away from them entirely and avoid all troublesome situations. I would also say that my young people of color need to make it a point to push forward with obtaining an education. If we collectively have more people of color with advanced degrees, then maybe we can have more of us in positions of power to change policies that benefit us.
NO: If you were able to have a 10-minute conversation with Kanye West, what would you tell him?
CP: I would honestly just like to know if he has some elaborate plan to take over the world or something. He went from upcoming “College Dropout” Kanye, to a musical genius with “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, to making ridiculously expensive clothing and sneakers, to being a Trump and “MAGA” supporter, to now being a messenger from God. I do not know which (if any) of these phases of his life were authentic or just acts he put on for some hidden agenda we know nothing about. I kind of just want to see how he can support Trump and say things like “slavery was a choice.”
NO: What is one thing you would say to all women?
CP: Stay strong! The world does not work without you. You were not born to breed, you were born to lead. Shift all your worries and problems onto my back like Atlas because you are my world and my strength comes from you. Without you, I am nothing.
NO: How would you define the “Luxe Man?”
CP: By definition, Luxe means “high quality.” Quality is the word that really resonates with me regarding what a Luxe Man should represent. I am not just talking his style or aesthetic, but his quality overall. A Luxe Man should not only be working to make a name for himself in the fashion industry, but working to make a lasting positive change in the world he lives in. A Luxe Man should pave the way for individuals who aspire to be just like them.
NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
CP: Honestly, I just want to make it far enough to provide a space where individuals who look like me and are plus sized can shine. I want to create and run my own runway shows to be truly inclusive. I want to have my own agency that is open to all plus sized models and designers. When people mention my name, I want them to say that I worked hard and was a pioneer in paving the way for plus sized models of all different aesthetics.
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