Kerby Jean-Raymond has landed a spot on the inaugural Time 100 Next list.
The designer has been named alongside the likes of model Adut Akech, actress Awkwafina, singer Camila Cabello, basketball player Zion Williamson, Glossier founder Emily Weiss, writer Chanel Miller, and politician Carlos Alvarado Quesada as one of the 100 most influential rising stars.
Time’s new list is an expansion of its annual Time 100 – which has listed the world’s most influential people over the past 15 years – and instead looks at those who are “shaping the future” of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more.
Jean-Raymond was included for his “dedication to centring the Black American experience among others”.
The Haitian-American designer founded his Pyer Moss brand in 2013, and won the top honour at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards last year, scooping the $400,000 (£311,000) prize.
He has previously spoken out about being “ostracised” and treated “like a pariah in the industry” after he staged a show during New York Fashion Week in 2017 that focused on the Black Lives Matter movement.
And while accepting a Footwear News Achievement Award for his collaboration with Reebok last year, he said that working with the sports giant allowed him to express his views through the pieces.
“My work is political, so I was offered political things, and I was offered things that were specifically black or specifically street. And Reebok said, ‘Do whatever the f**k you want,’ and that was immediately the perfect match for me,” he shared.
Jean-Raymond was later named Footwear News’ 2019 Person of the Year, and was tapped to be a part of this year’s CFDA board, along with Maria Cornejo, Carly Cushnie, and Virgil Abloh.
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