The Central Saint Martins graduate with a community-first ethos is on a mission to reclaim Black identity via her surrealistic designs. Think: Whitney lyrics, twisted tailoring and a new tee featuring dolls wearing dresses and “executive realness” suits.
Hélène Selam Kleih
Writer, presenter, model and founder of HIM + HIS – an anthology book and network focused on male identity and mental health.
Where were you born? Born in Paris. However, I’ve always lived in London.
A biopic of your life is in the pipeline. Who is playing you? André 3000.
Most overused phrase? “Wicked.”
What’s a book or film that changed your life? I Don't Want to Talk about It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrence Real. Real recognises the difference between covert and overt depression. He uses his life – his own depression, his abusive father’s depression, and the potential his two sons have – to rebuke the stigmas of ‘unmanliness.’
You’re about to book a one-way ticket to…
Goyave in Guadeloupe. I’ve lived there for a couple of months and should have never left. I need the sun to survive.
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Listen to publisher Hélène Selam Kleih and contributors Athena Paginton and Abdourahman Njie speak out about mental health.