Currently residing in Harlem, I am an openly queer fashion blogger, photographer and full time administrator at NYU. In 2015, I started DapperPenniless as a way to showcase being “dapper” on my shoestring budget. I had very recently moved to NYC and saw a real lack of resources for women wanting to dress like I did without breaking the bank. With that said, I decided to put my finds online and it caught on. Late 2016, I decided to start a Youtube channel just to give more depth to my platform and reach more people.
What are your long-range career goals?
Long term, I am planning to really build my brand into a home for content and resources that I’ve rarely been able to find. I want to be one of the go-to resources for dapper fashion and QPOC resources. I also plan to build on my photography business and really just mesh the two together. I’m talking empires!
What person do you look up to or has the most influence on you ?
I think I’m most influenced by the people around me. I love to see people thriving and just being happy, it makes me hopeful.
What are your hobbies, What do you for fun?
I really enjoy spending time with my partner of 2 years and my friends! I mean we do everything from weekend houses upstate to game nights! It’s good to catch up with people I care about and I try and always have my camera to capture the moments.
What advice would you give to a high school or college age student who is just discovering that he or she is attracted to the same sex?
I would definitely tell them to take their time. Don’t be pressured into figuring it out, finding yourself takes time. It was extremely hard for me to come out as I grew up in a Haitian and very religious household. Coming out meant challenging the environments I was used to. It meant going against the grain and possibly losing a lot of the relationships I had been accustomed to. At the end of the day I decided to take a chance on myself and do what felt right for me. It was hard every step of the way but I have found freedom in my truth, in my relationships, and my life as a whole!
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