NAME Silas Waller
HOMETOWN Chapel Hill, North Carolina
ZODIAC SIGN Gemini ;-)
WHEN DID U FALL IN LOVE WITH FASHION
when i was a kid i was super into tie-dying my own t shirts and stuff like that. i remember my favorite outfit being a pair of pink jeans with embroidered flowers growing up from the hem and a yellow striped turtleneck. my parents, being the wonderful accepting people that they are, let me express myself through my clothing and for my 10th birthday i got a book called Paper Fashions where i could cut out clothes from “fabric” printed paper and style outfits. i’d say this was a pivotal moment in knowing my interests lied in fashion.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS AT THE MOMENT
Walter van Bierndonck
DO YOU SEE A SHIFT IN FASHION EMBRACING ANDROGYNOUS AND NON BINARY COMMUNITY MORE
absolutely, and i couldn’t be happier about it. i actually work at a gender-free clothing store in NYC called The Phluid Project and it’s so amazing to see the impact of a space like this and the growing community of people it caters to. we still have a long ways to go, especially in less urban environments, but the fashion industry is taking steps in the right direction.
WHAT ARE U STUDYING AT SCHOOL
i bounced around majors trying find a compromise between my passion for fashion and a desire to educate myself in business, and eventually landed at FIT studying Fashion Business Management
WHERE DID THE NAME HONKYTONKHOOKER COME FROM
the name was initially inspired by my friend Skyla, @honkytonkangel_ . we both grew up in North Carolina, which is honkytonk country. i added the hooker part because i liked the alliteration… ;-)
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR COMING OUT STORY AND ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE YOUNG TEENS WANTING TO COME OUR TO THEIR PARENTS
i really was incredibly fortunate to have the support system i did, especially given that i was living in rural North Carolina at the time. my parents had always been pretty liberal and i knew they would be totally fine with having a gay son, and probably predicted it from an early age based on my behaviors. i think for a lot of people it can be the most intimidating to come out to your family, and truth be told i only “officially” came out to mine last year. i’ve known about my homosexuality since i was 13, and i was always pretty open about it at school and with friends. i think it’s important for people who are wanting to come out to come out to themselves before anyone else; the most important thing is to be confident and comfortable in your own skin. if someone doesn’t accept you for who are you are, at least you always have you. social media is also a great tool for building a support system if you live in a widely homophobic area; i definitely turned to youtube and watched countless coming out stories before actually telling anyone myself.
WHAT SONG DO YOU HAVE ON REPEAT AT THE MOMENT
NASA by Ariana Grande but also Short Dick Man by 20 Fingers
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON "CALL ME BY YOUR NAME"?
i think i definitely would have appreciated it more as a film if i hadn’t read the book before seeing the movie. i did love the movie - i cried, i related to it, i thought it was filmed beautifully. but somehow the story told in the book was much more powerful to me, so i found it interesting that it won best adapted screenplay. still, i wouldn’t have been upset if it won more oscars.
WHOS IS YOUR ULTIMATE GUY CRUSH
i have multiple new guy crushes every day of my life, whether its beautiful men on the subway or people i stumble across on instagram, so that’s a tough question, but high school musical 3 era zac efron has always been a prominent one.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU IN 2019
i’m going to keep working towards a degree, keep working at The Phluid Project, keep modeling, and keep living my life to the fullest. i want to work more on my styling career this year, and i also plan to become more prominent on depop so keep an eye out for that (username is honkytonkhooker)
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