As I sat down one-on-one with Paris, I realized that he has a bevy of fans, followers and loyal supporters that are all-aboard his flight of fancy! Just turning 28 -which is still young- it’s surprising that Paris is still getting accustomed to the of-the-moment applications of social media (i.e. Facebook Live & Snapchat). He admitted that he likes doing the “here-and-now, in-your-face” live interviews. Here’s a look:
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In our chat Paris discussed his background and heritage. I noticed that he didn’t have too much of a foreign accent, and even more interesting, I found out that he’s been hiding under our noses this whole time, spreading #BlackBoyJoy all throughout New York and his Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn! Born in the African Congo and raised in Paris, France, he and his family lived in Europe for a while before moving to New York. After losing his father, he made a promise to himself (and his family), that he would carry out the family legacy and represent on all possible, creative front — hence the daily display of maquillage (his iconic tribal face painting).
Paris was always surrounded by the arts. His father was the originator of specialized dance movements in the Congo, and his mother was heavily involved in the theater, so it’s no surprise that he would grow-up to become such a tastemaker, not only in music, but in fashion as well.
Here’s a look a some of our favorite style moments from the artist: