Medium-sized fashion influencers are changing our perception of style

When Michael-Anthony Spearman was growing up, he remembers that there was only one place for guys like him to shop: the big and tall department store. Now 36, she’s one of the fashion influencers on social media, steering the conversation around size and style.

Starting his Instagram account @TheBigGuyFashion in 2011 as a fun way to showcase his style, Spearman didn’t see anyone with the same aesthetic, so he decided to fill the void himself — and has been doing it ever since.

“I definitely want to present myself in such a way that I can be the guy that I wanted to see growing up,” he says. “I’m a person of color. I’m a certain size… Even though the industry doesn’t necessarily pay attention to this niche, that’s what always motivates me — providing that representation.”

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