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Model Glue: Cameron Del Grosso's Natural Style

It is about Actor Cameron Del Grosso sporting Okayplayer Tee-shirts and talking about style.


*Photographed by Nathaniel Parson

We spotted Cameron Del Grosso while we were looking for an Asian model with long hair and tattoos. He was hanging out in Bedstuy and the second we saw him, we knew we needed to have him on board to sport one of our great OKP Logo and Legendary Rockers Tee. He 's got style despite his natural attitude "I just woke up like this, put this on me and I don't care what you think, whatever."

Okayafrica: You got style. How would you describe it in 3 words or less?

Cameron: Natural, playful, and accidental.

OKA: Do you have a style icon?

C: To be honest, no, not consciously. Though, I'm constantly told my style, my look is reminiscent of Johnny Depp, which I guess I can't help but see every now and again while styling myself or being styled. Other than that, I just like to play with different styles, and different ways that I can make myself look. The actor in me informs the model, I suppose.

OKA: Tell us a story from your childhood. Is there one story that your parents or siblings tell that encapsulates what you were like as a kid?

C: As a kid I used to love the woods. My friend and I would always be running thru the woods finding cool stuff and exploring. One day when my friend was on vacation I went on my own to explore one particular patch of woods behind a certain grumpy neighbors yard. After discreetly navigating around the yard and dashing wildly into the wood for a certain time, I slowed down to find myself face-to-face with a copper head snake, the only lethally poisonous snake in Maryland, about four feet in front of me. We both stayed perfectly still for what seemed like ten minutes (in reality probably no more than a minute) just regarding one another. I never had the feeling I was in danger so much as that feeling of being in the presence of something both incredibly strange and familiar all at once. He sat and watched me with the same wariness and curiosity that I gave him... After that extended moment, I simply turned around and walked back home. I assume he did the same... minus the walking.

OKA: What’s your favorite item of clothing?

C: That would have to be these really dope orange vintage pants a friend gave me earlier this year. They're these slim fitting, moth-eaten costume pants from the 70's and they're fly as hell!

OKA: What’s your favorite item of clothing to remove from a female fan?

C: Y'know, I find the little things really enticing. Like a hair tie just to let it fall freely, or a pair of sunglasses to get a solid look into her eyes, or just unbuttoning the first two buttons of a shirt to let her continue the rest.... I guess the motion starters are my favorites.

OKA: If you had your own cologne – let’s just say you bottled your body odor – what would you name it?

C: Horizon's Edge

OKA: Name your spirit animal.

C: The Wolf.

OKA: What are you working on right now – what’s exciting?

C: A lot! So, right now I'm working on a production of Hamlet with a theatre company called Theatre of WAR. We're performing May 9th-19th at the 133rd Street Arts Center. I'm actually playing Hamlet so right now I'm getting extremely busy between rehearsals, promotional efforts and randomly awesome stuff like learning how to fight with rapiers and sabers. It's just plain old FUN!

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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