Tell us your name and where you are from?
Helloooo! My name is Khaleb Salah Sojourner. I’m originally from Chicago and am currently living in Philly.
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
I would describe my style as Dapper Afropunk Realness! I like to mix different styles. Some days I’ll off set a bow tie with a pair of wings or wear Disney sweaters with Doc Martens…
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your style in your field of work?
I do a range of things and mix my hobbies with professions. I’m a slam poet, model, fashion designing, painter that throws queer warehouse parties on the weekends. I recently started my own line of AfroDapper bow ties and Varsity Jackets! I’m also a full time student studying International Studies and Women and Gender Studies. I travel a lot doing social justice work in developing nations as well. I’ve never had a huge issue with mixing my style with work. While abroad I usually wear traditional clothing from the region I’m in. I eventually would like to do artistic rehabilitation with youth in post-conflict zones. I’m planning on law school in a year though and feel my style might cause some difficulties due to dress codes… we shall see! I like to spice things up.
What is the strangest request, comment or style story?
This isn’t a strange request but more of a struggle I have faced with my style. I identify as a transman so at first I had difficulty with maintaining my style while presenting in a way that allowed me to be perceived in a comfortable way. Initially I attempted to dress very masculine but that wasn’t me! I know dress pretty androgynous and am comfortable with mixing bright colors and fitted menswear for an effeminate masculine look. I still struggle with finding modeling work that will allow me to dress in a comfortable way though.
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
My biggest inspiration is the fashion in all of the countries I have lived in and visited. I have had the opportunity to spend a summer in Cambodia, a summer in Bolivia, 6 months in Costa Rica, 2 weeks in Panama, a year in India, a week in Cuba, and next month I’m heading off to Chile for the summer! All of these countries have impacted the way I see and connect with the world. Through that they also have heavily influenced my fashion and wardrobe. Another inspiration is Rocker’s Closet in South Philly. They have some of the coolest vintage and thrift items I have ever seen! I wouldn’t have been able to come up with a lot of looks I go for without the help of their clothes.
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
I say forget them!! Everyone has a way of expressing themselves and if you like what you are wearing and feel empowered in that than do it all day every day. People in this world will always find something to judge you on, wear what makes you happy.
What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion sense for fear of being judged by others?
Take risks!!! Some of the hottest looks have come from people who step outside their comfort zone. Maybe we have been waiting for YOU to show us what the next big turn in fashion is. Don’t be afraid! I got your back!
If you could name one person from the past and present whose closet you would love to raid, who would it be?
Just one!!?? There are a few people who’s closets I would like to raid! Andre 3000, M.I.A., and all of the characters in “Do The Right Thing”!
Do you have a blog/website?
Yes! My personal blog is khalebsalah.tumblr.com and my modeling blog is freedom modeling.tumblr.com !! You can also catch me on twitter: @FirstAmmendment
I would like to thank the two photographers that took pictures of me for this interview!!!
Also, you can message me through my personal tumblr or stop through to Rocker’s Closet to check out some of the items I’m making or my artwork.
What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
I am an Urban Bush Babe because while I’m enjoying fashion and creativity I am dedicated to having a positive impact on my community and those in need. Activism and social justice work has literally brought me into the “bush”. And while I have on a mixture of local dress and urban vintage wear my focus is changing the world.