Boston-based Ady Del Valle is finally getting his shine. As the world takes greater notice of plus-size models and influencers, models like Del Valle are finally beginning to see a bit of the spotlight. Del Valle is helping to redefine what modern masculinity looks like by showing off his body, embracing softness and celebrating his shape – all while doing so with impeccable style. We talked to Ady Del Valle about fashion, breaking down barriers and body-positivity for men.
How do you describe your style? My style is casual, effortless [and] contemporary with modern fits. I like to switch it up at times and throw in a little sexy.
Where did you grow up? How did that influence your style? I was born and raised in Boston, [which is] pretty conservative when it comes to style or street wear. I think reading magazines and visiting NYC would influence my style 90% of the time. I fit in more there than my own city and I always feel free to express myself more. Like HELLO, it’s the fashion capital!
You have been embracing some seriously sexy styles lately! How does it feel to break down barriers and expectations regarding men’s bodies and sexuality? I have been embracing all aspects of my body more than ever. I think [that is] important, especially in a society that has always looks down on men who embrace themselves as weak or feminine. It’s ok to be a man and embrace your masculinity, but I want to show that we can have other sides to us that are real and relatable.
That is why I choose to show all aspects of me. You can be stylish, sexy and just you at any size.
As your visibility increases, so do your modeling gigs. Who are your Top 5 dream collabs? My top 5 dream collabs would be:
3. Fashion Brands like H&M, Zara, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana. I want to bring real fashion to our audience from low end to high end.
4. Makeup Brands such as MAC, and NARS.
5. Fashion Magazines like GQ, Esquire, Vogue Homme.
What do you do when you’re not modeling? I have a regular 9 to 5 job. I spend my spare time with family and I help my grandmother a lot, so I’m always with her. I like to go to the movies, hang with friends, or [take] small trips.
What do you think is missing in plus men’s style right now? There are not many brands offering men of size true fashion. I think they can do better in creating clothing that fit well and look dope on plus size men of all sizes. We don’t all want to wear lumberjack shirts or t-shirts and sweats all the time. Most of us want structure and fashion pieces.
Who inspires you? What gets you excited about fashion? Lately the people I have met and worked with are a huge inspiration to me. My fellow models, influencers, creators, writers and editors. I see how they all have a purpose and how hard they work to create visible representation in the industry and that inspires me and keeps me going.
What gets me excited about fashion are the risk takers and rule breakers that make it work and look fabulous while doing it. That’s what fashion is all about, having fun with it.
What would you tell someone who is feeling shy or down about their bodies? Don’t get consumed or stay in that dark place for too long – its not a good place to be. I used to be that person [who was] shy and hated his body. Surround yourself with people who love you as you are, who encourage you and help you be the person you want to be.
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