Meet the Models: Brian
Just-turned-18 model, Brian, may be one of the youngest in our My Generation crew, but he's got his head screwed on just right. The recent birthday boy, who celebrated his 18th on the same day as the solar eclipse, uses his social media platforms to keep it real, and spread the gospel on positive mental health. Motivated by his own ambition to do well, Brian is a pretty self-sufficient kid, full of gratitude. Check out our Q&A and don't forget to click play, below, for some seriously chiselled chin-wagging.
How would you define yourself?
I am a very positive, ambitious person who wants to inspire the youth. There’s a bunch of things I would like to do. Right now I’m just shooting for it all and I think everyone should do the same.
Describe your generation in 3 words.
Cheeky. Vain. Antisocial.
What motivates you?
I’m passionate about photography; I see it as a work of art, and I treat my work like that. For me it is a very personal hobby, and it’s something that keeps me feeling creative. Being in the fashion industry, I see both perspectives behind and in front of the camera, which inspires me.
What does being woke mean to you?
For me, being woke is being aware of what is going on with social issues and injustices; and fighting to improve them. There are people out there who really know what’s up. And I guess you can stay woke by being active with the news, and being aware of your surroundings. If you're not ignoring everyday life and not looking at your phone all day then maybe that will give you some idea!
Complete the sentence: “What the world needs now is...”
Love and support. Just respect one another.
If you had your own hashtag what would it be?
What's the best advice you can give to someone to help them stay positive?
Remember: whatever you are going through other people are going through something as well. Be positive and respectful; doing little things like holding the door for people gives you a sense of positivity.
How important is social media to you?
It’s kind of important, but my life doesn't revolve around it. For me it’s just good to have a platform that enables me to talk to people. Other than that, I could live without it.
Who would play you in a film, and what would the plot line be?
I’d like Johnny Depp to play me, if I couldn’t play myself. The film would focus on my life and how I went from a guy who hated school and felt worthless, to being somewhat influential to young people in the U.K.
What would your dream party be like and who would be on the guest list?
Jaden and Willow Smith, and A$AP Rocky. We would just chill and talk about deep stuff.
If we gave you £100 and a suitcase full of clothes, how would you use it?
I would donate it all to someone who is not used to having a bunch of clothes and money. I would just like to see a smile on their face.