Walk a Myle in These Shoes
We sat down with Myles Sexton, who’s fashion line have been worn by celebs like Nelly Furtado. We asked, he shared. Here’s Myle’s story!
Life growing up in Canada was an adventure for me. I was born in the province of Nova Scotia in a tiny little farming town of 2000 people ironically called Brooklyn. I treasure now as an adult the fact I was able to grow up with nature and its beauty, but as a child, it felt sometimes secluded. The great thing about Canada is that it’s so big my possibilities were endless. I spent a lot of time in my early education years doing exchange programs in other provinces which helped expand my perspective on how different every major city is within Canada. Each of them having their own unique flare. When I was 19, I moved to Toronto, Ontario, and for the most part have resided here ever since.
As a child, I was a bit of a book nerd. I loved history and learning about ancient cultures. I honestly thought I was going to become an archeologist and that was the path I was setting up my education. Then when I was 17, I really had an inter perspective evolution. I started questioning what gender means to be and what I identified with. This led me down a new path to realizing that there were no men like me in mainstream media and this idea of wanting representation excited me. A few months later I got signed as a model and creatively I have never looked back.
I really believe in the power of manifestation. If you want something bad enough and pour your heart and soul into something, that cause and effect can have positive and negative outcomes. Once I was signed as a model I was very driven to learn anything I could about the fashion industry. Being backstage at fashion weeks, I would bug makeup artist to let me watch or assist them just so I could watch them paint on faces. I was taking so many mental notes on application that when I would get home from the runway show I would try and recreate the looks on my own face. Makeup and modeling really have always gone hand and hand for me. I loved the exposure of the modeling world, but makeup really was what paid my bills. With my student loan money, I purchased a camera and taught myself the basics of photography so I could create my makeup portfolio as it was so expensive to hire someone to shoot it for you.
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By the time I was 19 I had moved to Toronto and I really started to fully play with a genderless identity within my modeling brand. This really took off within the local and international markets and allowed me to travel across Canada, LA, New York, and Paris. By 21 I launched my own jewelry line which was worn by many iconic singers like Grace Jones and Nelly Furtado. By 24 I co-launched a fashion magazine. I always get asked about what steps I took to get to where I am today and honestly I don’t think it’s as simple as just “take these 10 steps to success”. What I guess I did was never give up and never stopped learning. Anything I could do to gain perspective in my field I met head-on. One thing though that I think was unique at the time for me as I shared my journey online. Ever since I started, over the last 10 years, I think the power of the internet has been my own PR agent. I would say 90% of my work comes from clients who see me on the internet (honestly, I could write a book on my journey it’s a hard one to tell in short form).
I have traveled to many places in the world and I don’t think that I’ve ever been to a country that has such a diverse sense of fashion as Canada. It’s so inspiring seeing how much individuality we have here from all walks of life. I think if being whoever you want to be is a fashion sense then that is what Canada’s style could be defined as. I just continue to celebrate life more and more! With work, I will be traveling doing makeup all over Canada and North America and also growing my small business.
As a Canadian, I think we are leading by example that you can be whoever you want to be and that is ok! We all come different walks of life and together have created what Canada is today and I think that is so beautiful. There is so much to see and experience in this country that it’s hard for me to want to travel outside of it as I’m so busy exploring here! I am glad to just able to be myself and be celebrated for that! I never feel unsafe and I appreciate the endless amount of support I have received from everyone I meet. Even if people don’t understand at first, they are at least open to taking a moment to try and understand. The willingness to open your mind is beautiful.
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