I’m a huge fan of Samuel Anthony Harwit. So, I was beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with him. Check out the interview below.
Samuel is a great example of a digital influencer and blogger done right. He’s amassed a massive following on Instagram (174K & counting!) who love his take on menswear style, food and travel.
A large part of his appeal is that he’s unique, honest and genuine. These might sound like simple qualities, but we live in a world of social media filtration – what we see isn’t always what’s real. Samuel is real, it shines though and people really respond to that.
I also personally really admire him for being out and proud. As we chat about in our interview, visibility is really important for our community. But being out isn’t always easy. There can be a cost – whether its financial repercussions, losing out on opportunities or just attracting trolls online. So whenever someone is out, I think it’s worth acknowledging and celebrating.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Samuel for taking time out of his super busy schedule to chat with me (and the readers of the Little Gay Blog). I hope you guys like the interview.
Check it out below:
Little Gay Blog – Thanks for your time Samuel. Let’s start at the beginning. Where does your love of menswear/fashion come from?
Samuel – I have always loved to express myself through fashion. My parents really encouraged creativity and self expression and I found style to be an excellent way of accomplishing that.
I really love your sense of style because it feels like it really is an expression of you. It doesn’t feel like you’re copying anyone, or following any particular trend. How did you find your own sense of style – and what tips can you give to help other guys find their own individual style?
What a compliment! It sounds like a cliche, but really it’s all about what makes me feel good. Not everything I do is original, but I always try to put my own twist on things.
For instance don’t be afraid to wear one colour, mix brands and dress differently from what others consider to be trendy.
When you feel good, you look good. Nothing is sexier than confidence.
You have a massive social media following, which means you’ve become an influencer. How did that all come about, and do you enjoy being in that role?
My background is in social marketing. As President of PUBLICpr, we connect brands with influencers and media outlets. It gave me a really solid understanding of what works and what doesn’t.
My partner and I decided to take what we’ve learned from our professional endeavours and in April 2016 we launched TheFrenchyToast.com and aggressively began building both of our Instagram accounts: @SamuelAnthony & @CasualFridaze51.
One of the things I like about following you on Instagram is that you’re ‘out’ and you occasionally share posts of you and your partner. Visibility is still so important. What made you decide to be ‘out’ and was it easy for you?
I could not agree more, visibility IS SO important!
I have to say that it was never a decision. I came out at 14 and have spent more than have of my life living authentically as an openly gay man. It’s important to help set examples for young gays that being gay is completely ok. It’s not a choice we make, we were born this way. I hope to empower other gay men to face their fears and come out.
There will always be haters, but if we all listened to haters, none of us would achieve success or happiness.
One of the recurring topics on the blog is about this idea of a ‘gay community’, what it is and whether it even exists. What’s your take on the idea of a gay community in the early 21st century?
I have been immersed in the gay community since I was a child. My mom always exposed me to her gay friends and tragically we lived in the Bay Area in the late 80s and early 90s when so many of our gay brothers and sisters were lost to HIV/AIDS.
I am pleased to say that over my lifetime I have seen more unity amongst the gay community, but even more…I have seen and felt acceptance into the community at large. My hope is that we all be part of one American community that doesn’t discriminate. We still have a ways to go, but I am confident we are heading in the right direction.
And lastly, a few quick questions:
Favourite time of day – Sunset
Favourite book – Brave New World
Last song you listened to – Flight Facilities – Crave You (check it out here)
Last show you binge watched on Netflix – Stranger Things
#1 style tip you’ve ever gotten – “Haters gonna hate, don’t let a salty bitch shade your style.”