Photo by Ryan Jerome @ryan_jerome Grooming by Brenda Ferrell @b_readybeauty Writing by Perana Srikantappa @prerana_srikantappa
You’ve probably seen him on ANTM, but there’s more to Don Benjamin than his good looks. The model, art- ist, actor and entrepreneur is taking the industry by storm with many of his upcoming projects. Branching out into skincare and having his own merch, he is a brand in himself. The “My truth” author talks about breakups, skincare, and how his family has changed his life.
Looking back, can you walk us through how your fashion journey evolved since ANTM ?
I feel like I’ve evolved with my art and skill set. This has helped me in understanding how the business works while building my resume and name.
What inspired you to write your book, “My Truth” ?
Dealing with a public breakup made me take a step back and look at ways I was moving in life. I didn’t like certain aspects of myself and felt they needed to be changed. Also, while I was learning new things and breaking generational curses, it was imperative for me to share with the world in hopes that I can reach other men and women that may be going through the same thing.
Your song “I Ain’t Going Back” is a cult-favorite, when did you tap into making music ? Do you have any plans of releasing new songs ?
Thank you! I started writing music in high school and fell in love with it. I don’t think I will ever stop making music but, it is more of a passion push opposed to full time nowadays. I plan on releasing new music in 2023 which I am excited about.
Why do you think it’s important for men to be in the beauty industry ?
I think men need to take care of themselves just as much as women. A lot of times, skincare is just overwhelming. We don’t know where to start so we just resort to a bar of soap. I wanted to change that.
Congratulations on releasing your new skincare line ‘Lave Skin’. Can you tell our readers, what does self-care mean to you ?
Self-care is everything to me. I want to wake up. at the age of 50, 60 or 70 and still feel young and rejuvenated. Taking care of your skin gets you there. Lave makes it easy for you to take care of your skin without overthinking it. Spray-on serum and the spray-on moisturizer are my top favorites because you can spray them on and go about your day.
How has your life changed professionally and personally since you’ve met your wife ?
My wife definitely elevates my life in all aspects. It’s a blessing to have someone that I can work with, relax with, have fun and build with. She also pushes me to always be the best version of myself.
How does the color pink make you feel ?
Now that I’m going to be a girl dad the color pink reminds me of it on a daily basis. It excites me to meet my daughter and go on this new journey with my family!