Parker Kit Hill has come a long way since his debut with Vine seven years ago. The dancer and social media star has previously posed for Calvin Klein, Sandy Liang and Valentino during the Thom Browne and Maison Margiela shows during Fashion Month. And most recently, the face of IMG signed on as Brand Ambassador Mansur Gavriel.
The minimalist New York-based label called on Hill and many other creatives – including Jari Jones and Dilone – to present their latest campaign, shot and directed by Ukrainian twins Tanya and Zhenya Posternak.
“When I got the request I was like, ‘Yeah, period, I’m doing it,’ and it kind of sped up, and all of a sudden I was on set,” Hill says. PAPER. The outfits were so cute, I was rocked. Everything was great, the bags were everything, and also the whole environment of the decor was so beautiful. “
Each campaign star represents a different color palette from Mansur Gavriel’s Fall 2020 collection. Hill can be seen posing in two vibrant outfits: a yellow mohair sweater and pants, as well as a chic ribbed polo shirt, pleated pants and a bag in the brand’s signature pastel pink, both worn with mini bucket bags. in complementary leather.
“The fact that I’m portrayed as a black homosexual in America and being a part of that space makes me feel good,” he says of the campaign’s racial and sexist messages. “I really hope this is enough to inspire those who feel speechless to wake up and do whatever they want, and whatever they want, to grow up and keep going in the face of adversity.”
“I want to work with people I love, brands I love and things I would actually wear. It’s just me. That’s how I’ve always been,” says Hill, who tags brands on social media because he uses their products on a daily basis. “If I know it’s going to be something where it’s an outfit, and then I post something and that’s it, then I probably won’t, even if the money is okay with it.”
Fashion and the arts have been essential creative outlets for Hill. “I wake up in the morning and I love fashion so much, so I have all this stuff at home that I love to try,” he says. “I’m going to try on different outfits for fun, just for fun. Sometimes I take a notebook and a journal and draw. It’s very simple, in my world I would say.”
This year’s pressures to be online have not been lost on Hill, who relies on technology as part of his career. “I can have so much FOMO because everyone is doing all these amazing things, and I’m like, ‘What am I doing? “” Hill says of life during COVID. “But then I have to realize that my trip and everything I’m doing is unlike anyone else. So I tried to put my phone down all the time and live in the moment and enjoy life. while he’s here. “
He also has big goals for himself. “I really want to create a fashion brand, and it will be genderless, and I want to do it right,” he says. “I don’t want to do it halfway, I really want to take the time, to learn more about the materials. I didn’t go to fashion school or anything like that, so it would literally be me to learn how to. do it myself. But that’s definitely how I am; I love to learn things and develop new skills. “
Hill is also keen to expand his presence in other industries, particularly film, television and national politics. “I was on a TV show maybe three or four years ago, I did Big city, which was great. But I want to do more, but it’s hard to be just a public figure. I’m only seen as one thing, so I have to learn to be someone else at this point, but it’s a learning curve. I also really want to be president, so I have a feeling that will happen at some point – I’m very, very sure. “
Photos courtesy of Mansur Gavriel / Tanya and Zhenya Posternak
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