The Queer Black Italian Experience

Dario Murillo 24, Graphic Designer/Model, Milan
Dario Murillo 24, Graphic Designer/Model, Milan
Dario Murillo 24, Graphic Designer/Model, Milan
Dario Murillo 24, Graphic Designer/Model, Milan

Dario Murillo

24, Graphic Designer/Model, Milan

He/Him

« I’m an outgoing introvert, I grew up in a small town, but I love the mindset of big cities. Being black in Italy isn’t a very comfortable experience, black people are still scrutinized , so being both black also queer is truly for the brave at heart.

There is not much of an established black community, and definitely not a black queer one. In many cases if you are a queer black person you are either wanting to leave your sexuality, gender identity and/or race at the door of some spaces. Personally i’ve found that my experience as a black queer boy growing up has been strongly linked to black motherhood. 

I learned everything from my mother including my confidence. So i’ve never really thought of the concept of self-acceptance in that way. You accept taxes, siblings or a grade in university. I find foreign the idea of having to accept my own body, my own orientation or identity. I prefer to think of this process as some sort of harmony, being able my body at the same pace as my mind and learning to tune each instrument to make the perfect harmony and each day the tune of this harmony can change in accordance to how I feel. One day I’m a strong hockey player and the next I’ll be rocking the best crop top you’ve seen. There needs to be much more safe spaces to explore in this way. »  - @harajuku_ken

 

Creative Direction by Jordan Anderson
Photography by Silvia Rosi 
Photo Assistant Gabriele Cialdella
Styling by Thais Montessori Brandao
Hair by Latoya Amsdorf
Makeup by Manuel Montanari 
Set Design by Davide Ladini
Movement Direction by Macia Del Prete
Production by nss factory 

 

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