He turned 21 just a few days ago, on June 10 to be precise, but our Man of the week already has clear ideas, and he isn’t afraid of anything and anyone. Raury Deshaun Tullis, a.k.a. Raury, American rapper and songwriter, famous for his musical style that mixes hip hop, folk and soul, is currently the talk of town, after his protest during Dolce&Gabbana’s fashion show.
Over the last few seasons, the famous Italian brand decided to involve some of the youngest performers from all over the world in its collections, bringing several artists and influencers on stage during their show at the Milan Fashion Week. This season, Raury was among the people chosen, but he decided to exploit his new role as a model in a rather peculiar way: he took off his T-shirt, showing some words of protest written on his skin, to signal his disagreement over Dolce&Gabbana’s recent #BOYCOTT campaign, which was ironic about the disapproval encountered by the brand after the two designers decided to dress Melania Trump.
It is not the first time that Raury gets personally involved in social questions: together with Pharrell Williams, he is the spokesperson for G-Star Raw’s Raw for the Ocean, recycling plastic from the ocean to create denim clothing. In his albums, Indigo Child and All We Need, Raury discusses his ideas and principles, about politics and immigration, but most of all, he talks to the hearts of the people his age, encouraging them to become more aware of themselves and their world. The environment matters to him a lot, and he shows this in small details, like choosing to cycle, avoiding anything engine-powered, and in his choice to be vegan.
What else can we say? If these are the young people who will take care of our world after us, then we can keep hoping it will be in good hands, and that these young people will be able to value the planet, learning how not to destroy its beauty.