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Edward Robinson: “I only wish my skin color wasn’t such a threat.”

Today we interviewed Edward Robinson (@label_king) a very very stylish person who pretty much shows his lifestyle on his Instagram feed and how luxurious it is.

Edward Robinson for Vanity Teen

From Louis Vuitton’s clothing to Birkin bags and a Tesla car, he talks not only about how he chooses to buy something new but also how he is constantly evolving and what made him start buying very expensive things in the first place, trying to overcome rough experiences.

“The mixture of pain and anger from past experiences use to have me thinking expensive things defined me. Later I realized they were coping mechanisms, I was masking insecurities.”

He’s now evolving in this matter, trying to become a better person day after day.

Edward Robinson for Vanity Teen

We asked him about this rough situation black people are living nowadays, with the Black Lives Matter movement and how he sees this historical moment, and we couldn’t agree more with his response.

“To think almost 160 years later since the civil war we are still fighting for justice and freedom in America blows my mind.”

This statement is just heartbreaking. Thinking that we haven’t evolved in two centuries is just mindblowing. How does a society act to not change a thing in two hundred years? The fact that black people do not get as many job opportunities as white people or how racism is in every single corner of the world, even in places you would never have thought of possibly being racists. White people don’t realize the advantages and opportunities we have until we compare to someone else and that’s terrible. White supremacy needs to be destroyed once and for all. Enough is enough.

“God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers.”

Read now the whole interview below.

Edward Robinson for Vanity Teen

Q: You seem to have a very luxurious life. How would you define yourself?

A: Complex but not in a narcissistic way. I’m not a social butterfly but I’m very amiable. A lot of who I am stems from growing up in church and my mom being a pastor. A lot of that shaped who I am today. I’m a firm believer in God and being taught to always forgive has caused me some pain but it also built character and that I have a lot of. Also as a work in progress, I’m constantly evolving. Being a pastor child has made me overly forgiving and the mixture of pain and anger from past experiences use to have me thinking expensive things defined me. Later I realized they were coping mechanisms, I was masking insecurities. So I began to elucidate to myself what I was hiding and more importantly needed. I quickly became selfish, allowing time for God to heal and restore me, so I can say now I’m love, light and hope.

Q: Which is your criteria when buying new clothes or accessories?

A: I have a thing I like to do before buying anything new. I ask myself how many times I can wear it and if it adds to the story I’m telling or if it can amplify it. That logic doesn’t always work because I like to convince myself that I always deserve something new lol. I also like to tap into different stories of people that I admire or take inspiration from.

Q: Do you follow trends or do you create them?

A: Depending on who you ask haha. But no, fashion trends are really a huge word in itself which has changed over the years. I believe in this generation of the Internet there is no solid definition for the word. Personally I just love clothes and I do what best fits my personality and I’m confident in my choices. I do like to think I’m always on-trend.

Q: Name one thing you couldn’t live without and why.

A: My Prada bucket hat (the black one specifically) I wear it almost every day. I have about 20 others but me and the black one have a special connection, probably because on two different occasions the hat blew off and I ran into oncoming traffic to save it. Scariest moments ever. But hats play a major role for me. They restore my confidence when I’m looking crazy and my hair isn’t cut.

Edward Robinson for Vanity Teen

Q: How do you feel about the “Black lives matter” movement?

A: To think almost 160 years later since the civil war we are still fighting for justice and freedom in America blows my mind. From police brutality, racial profiling and the lack of economic opportunities for black people in this country are all so disheartening. But this movement has sparked a revolution and those uncomfortable conversations are being talked. Now we have allies and the diversity is on a global scale. It really has been an awakening even for myself. And I not only want to see change but I need to be that change.  I feel like we are finally being heard and now we have allies and the diversity is on a global scale. It’s been a beacon of hope that real change could be possible and we deserve it.

Q: Is there anything you would personally say about what is happening nowadays?

A: I Just want to send my love and prayers to everyone out there fighting. And just to remember this is a marathon that we must continue to strive for and not lose hope and know together we can conquer change.

Q: Would you change anything from your life? And form the society?

A: In spite of everything I’m still proud to be black. I only wish my skin color wasn’t such a threat. But they say God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers which means I have the strength to fight and emerge victoriously. And im proud to be black (although it’s dangerous) lol I just always pray for strength to fight through whatever I’m facing and to take each experience and lesson in life and learn something from it. 

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