Myles Sexton on style, nature and their new podcast

Shawl dress, $33,595, Gucci. Boots, $250, L’Interval. earrings, $145, Monbuquet. necklace, $2,800, Swarovski. Photography by Nick Merzetti

The sky’s the limit for social media star Miles Sexton, who adds podcaster to his many roles.

It’s hard to believe that Miles Sexton was once a sheltered country boy who had never heard of Madonna or Cher. “When I finally left my small town and moved to Halifax, people asked me which one I liked and I had to say, ‘I don’t know which of these guys,'” Sexton says from her airy living room. Laughs home in Wauboshen, Ont. ., just a stone’s throw from Georgian Bay. “It was a bit of a culture shock because I didn’t grow up with that.”

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Swimsuit, $295, Jade Swim at Holt Renfrew. jumpsuit, $320, Jessie Woon Sam. Boots, $250, L’Interval. Glasses, $45, U3 Select. bracelet (left), $1,380, bracelet (right, top), $1,080, and bracelet (right, bottom), $935, Omi Woods. Hair accessories (worn everywhere), from the hairstylist. Photography by Nick Merzetti

The makeup artist, activist, and social media star describes growing up in a house that was “tucked into the woods on a hill overlooking a beautiful river and giant willow trees.” The property was located in Nova Scotia on the border of Newport Corners and Brooklyn, which had a combined population of less than 2,000. “My parents lived a very simple, pretty rustic life,” Sexton explains. “They never really believed in TV or video games or things like that. They just told me to go out and not come back until the sun went down. So I’d go explore the woods and see what I could find And watch the plants grow. Nature will always be the part that inspires me.

Swimsuit, $385, Catsuit, $510, Overshoes, price upon request, and Shoes, $775, Marine Serre. bag, $195, Kanuk. Photography by Nick Merzetti

In August, Sexton and his fiancée bought their own home in Wauboshen to bring more balance to their lives. You’d never know it from Sexton’s bouncy personality—where he often comes up with a cheerful “Hey babes!” Let’s start a social post with. – but city life took its toll. “I’m really bad at saying no,” he admits. “I wasn’t taking time for myself and I felt like I was burning out.” Requirements include creating content for advertising partners, such as appearing at shows city ​​line And Social and ambassadorial duties for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). In addition, Sexton had a full-time job as a tutor for Fenty Beauty, flying her all over Canada and the United States. “It was intense,” he says.

Summit, $95, U3 Select. The dress, $420, swirls in Hudson’s Bay. Boots, $230, L’Interval. Ring (left), $180, and Ring (right), $275, Omi Woods. Photography by Nick Merzetti

She decided to say goodbye to her Fenty Beauty role and take the weekend off, as well as a midday break to walk her Australian Cattle Dog Atlas. “I’m amazed at the number of animals here,” he smiles, referring to bears and lots of deer. “And they’re giant woodpeckers the size of a cat.”

Getting back to nature has been super healing for Sexton. “I really like Japanese forest bathing,” he shared. “I believe trees release particles that we absorb through our skin that lower our stress, anxiety, and blood pressure.”

Jacket, $2,245, and corset, $1,680, Vivienne Westwood. Earrings, $60, COS. Photography by Nick Merzetti

New projects have also emerged as a result of this new chapter. Sexton will take on a greater leadership role in Sexfluent, CANFAR’s youth-focused HIV and sexual empowerment program. (Sexton is HIV+.) And in January he released his first video as part of an ongoing collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier. “It’s me who talks about HIV and celebrates JPG’s fragrance and fashion,” he says. “So it was really huge. JPG has been my favorite brand since childhood. ”

Next on the horizon is a podcast, an extension of Sexton’s advocacy work. “I will cover a variety of topics around inclusive language and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and abstinence,” he explained. “It allows me to go deeper than I could with a 60-second video.”

Coat, $350, Monier. Skirt, $130, U3 Select. Swimsuit, $345, Abyss at Holt Renfrew. bracelets, $215 each, Omi Woods. Boots, Sexton. Photography by Nick Merzetti

And like many of us, Sexton reconciles her love of fashion with her sense of responsibility. “I try to be as aware as possible,” he says. They go after smaller indie designers like Denise Gagnon of Montreal, whose high-waisted, wide-leg pants have been popular for more than five years. Toronto-based jewelry designer Jenny Bird and New York-based gender-free, queer-focused brand Feng are other favorites.

Coat, $850, Mindful Boar. Above, price upon request, Acne Studios. Skirt, $110, Similar. Boots, $230, L’Interval. Photography by Nick Merzetti

Sexton admits that her wardrobe includes bodycon dresses and thigh-high boots, but she’s nervous about how her new neighbors will receive them. “I took off the clothes when I went to the grocery store and Costco and things like that,” he says. “And then people started recognizing me from TikTok and saying, ‘Oh, you’re not wearing your regular clothes.’ “Now every time I leave the house they say, ‘Are you going to an event?'”

Top, $55, The Giving Movement. Pants, $370, Roam Hudson’s Bay. Shoes owned by the stylist. Photography by Nick Merzetti

shadowed by Nick Merzetti. creative direction George Antonopoulos. styling by Ashley Galang. Through him Duen Huynh For Lakme. make up through Miles Sexton. Prop Styling: Laura Branson. Photo Assistant: Ryan Francois. Fashion Accessories: Kareem Allen McLean.

This article was first published in outfit’Summer issue 2023. Read more here.

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