For some people, their talent is so obvious that you just know they are on a collision course with success. Male plus-size model Dexter Mayfield is one such person.
Dexter Mayfield is a Los Angeles–based model and professional dancer. He loves to shock people with his agile and incredible dance moves. In a video, he talks of how people do not normally expect someone of his shape and size to be able to do certain things like dancing. He proudly proves the haters wrong.
Mayfield never took a dance class or trained professionally. He explains, “I never expected to become a professional dancer given my body type. Being a gay black man in America is not easy, especially being a big gay black man. And it took me a while to really find that love for myself. Whenever we think of bigger men, we view them as something to laugh at. And we’re not that. We love our bodies as well. And we are sexy too. I can’t say that enough.”
Dexter has skills
Mayfield understands that being a model of his size, there will be restrictions and limitations as to the kind of work that he will be offered, but that has not stopped him from going after as many opportunities as he can.
He worked in music videos for J.Lo and Sara Bareilles
His confidence is overflowing
This is him walking on the runway for a Marco Marco show during LA Fashion Week. He wants his talent to shine through so he can take down the stereotypes that people have when they first see him.
This is Dexter Mayfield
“At the end of the day, I just want to be seen as someone who deserves this.”
As an amazing dancer, Mayfield proves that size cannot stop you from chasing your passion. The modeling world has its standards, but you can challenge them despite being categorized with labels like plus size. Dexter Mayfield is showing everyone that you can let your talent shine through no matter what misconceptions and stereotypes you are up against.