Kenyon Phillips

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In everything from short shorts to the skinniest of jeans with his toned chest bearing bling and boned and feathered jewels, Kenyon’s nightmare of growing up overweight and marginalized in a “social ghetto” characterized by “Aryans playing volleyball on the beach,” is now a bygone reality. Today, living among the comfort of the diversity in the East Village, he is not an athlete per se, but Kenyon considers his body to be his number one accessory. The minimal palettes of gray, white and black skimpy pieces often picked from womenswear racks serve as a frame for his washboard stomach and lean legs. I love how rock and roll and flirtatious a woman’s blazer and spandex leggings look on Kenyon. His pecs and limbs are the perfect canvas to his prolific tattoos, including the valorous Joan of Arc flames which exhibit his burning intensity and zeal for embracing adversity as a means to liberation. A passionate double Scorpio like myself, he lives life as if every day were his last, or in his words, in “perpetual crisis, leaving no room for middle ground, moderation or subtlety.”

Becoming bald at twenty two, just as Kenyon was beginning a modeling career, only further strengthened his conviction that freedom comes from a willingness to “suck and to start at the bottom… especially difficult, when in our society now, everything is perfectionist, everything is photoshopped.” However, losing his hair is what turned Kenyon’s sights towards a lifelong dream of making music, creating a band and performing. It is in the musical realm that Kenyon does not have to sound or look like anyone else and he can express with abandon what comes from inside of him. Essentially, a man in wigs, turbans, peacock plumes or no hair at all is not only accepted, but adored. Kenyon wanted to convey that “for anyone who has moved to New York City to become an artist,” read Patti Smith’s Just Kids. The icon’s book, who’s powerful ease within her skin opened the doors to androgyny and being beautiful outside of the box without trying or even caring, “will make you cry, will make you laugh and will make you sing.”

If you love Kenyon, you may also like Tay Trong, James Gillespie and Dustin Hollywood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fay.leshner Fay Leshner

    Beautiful.Sensitive.Creative.

    (I thought I would start the comments off with that to make way for all the comments on K.P’s massive sex appeal)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1362120010 Lily Mandelbaum

    his spirit is so uplifting, i love everything that he says.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donnyboybook Ron Phillips

    This was so candid. Fragile yet embolding. What a talent.

  • Abby Cochran

    “my greatest dream probably is to own nothing”

    i love that. and his simplistic wardrobe color choices and un-cluttered home are refreshing !

  • http://www.facebook.com/samara85 Samara Wiseman

    he is very inspiring – thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524313390 Åsa Copparstad

    Love him!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622238665 Ashley Greene

    “[Living in the suburbs] gave me something to react against. I saw the people around me and thought, ‘I don’t want to dress like these people…’”

    Hits close to home! I couldn’t agree more

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8829466 Samantha Lind

    I love that life’s experiences has taught him to become so selfless. When he states that his “greatest dream is to own nothing”, he makes one realize how attached we are to materialistic things. In the end, we all leave this earth with nothing and if we focused less on “things” that we have or do not have, we can see life in a whole other perspective.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mofafafa Fariha Róisín

    I can definitely relate to the being different and growing up around unlike anybody else, feeling lost and alienated by the world. This has been one of the most moving videos… not only does it hit close to home it also proves to be an inspiration. It’s important to be resilient and to never give up on yourself.

    What an incredibly sexy man – being bald is not a loss, so embrace it! Bravo.

  • Linda Phillips

    How can I express my pride? He is an artist, a pure, kind soul
    and my youngest Son? And my closet is the total opposite of his!
    Kenyon, help!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524313390 Åsa Copparstad

    Still amazed! I can go back and look at this amazing person over and over…. dont tell my husband

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405253778 Domonique Echeverria

    i love how real, raw and vulnerable he allowed himself to be, another reason why I really love stylelikeu

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1457496071 Veronique Nicole O’Donoghue

    I posted this on my blog, I think you’re fantastic!

    http://letstakearoadtripnow.tumblr.com/

  • CreepyCrissy

    “My greatest dream is probably to own nothing” i love him for that :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jazzmine.zubia Jazzmine Zubia

    I’m pretty positive i just fell in love.

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  • Jazmin Lopez

    You’re very good looking and love your style. Good for you! You remind me of Anthony Kiedis.