Society has a preconceived notion that men should fit into a specific box, one that is unquestionable and accepted and definitely not something as taboo as style. This model and style guru, Tolutope Augustine Falana, popularly known as Augustine, blew that conception right out of the water, absolutely obliterating that status quo and building it into one that fits his agenda. You might be thinking, where do I know that name? or where have I seen that face? Augustine went viral on a twitter /Instagram post turning Walmart sneakers into high society fashion. Cool right?
Tolutope Falana grew up in Missouri City. Matriculating from the awkward adolescent stage to a full-blown pretty boy finding his groove. Tolutope spent most of his youth diving into the different branches of art. Stemming from fashion, music, photography, just to name a few. even so, with all the activities he still found time for one of his favorite pastimes -video games.
Tolutope Falana’s interest in modeling started fairly early. Noting from an early age he wasn’t like his peers, he slowly began accepting this reality as his truth. Embracing his awkwardness and milking it for all it was worth. Admiring the work of others, tapping into the fashion trends and choices. He decided to make his own magic. Creating his own works of art by taking pictures of his own. Being recognized for his newfound talent by various social media blogs gave Tolutope Falana a push in the right direction. He realized modeling was something he could really get into. Plus, with people throwing the label at him he thought he might as well catch it.
Starting his day spiritually, Tolutope Falana has his own praise and worship sessions. Placing his relationship with God as the top priority. Seeing his opportunities as gifts from God. Whether he’s modeling, exercising his creative demons, doing graphics for people or working on his new upcoming clothing brand ‘AUGUSTINE’, He’s very appreciative.
Modeling to Tolutope Falana is like music to Mozart or painting to Van Gogh. It’s his way of expression. His passion for executing the countless ideas floating around in his head. That’s his art. He is his own motivator. Working towards his goal of reaching and inspiring others is the fuel to his fire. Even making it to the lock screens of a couple of phones. Tolutope says this goes to show that beyond likes, comments, and other superficial things, he realizes his art is really connecting with folks.
Negativity is a non-existent factor in his life. He isn’t interested in dwelling on how he is seen by other people. He is completely comfortable in his own skin. Even though the ill wills of society and its undying issue of colorism still exist, he gets a lot of love for the ebony rich tones of skin. He is a big believer in focusing on what his blessings rather than dwelling on the negatives. Preferring to focus on the fact that in most spheres people of all shapes and sizes have gotten a chance to share the spotlight in modeling.
Modeling is like Tolutope Falana’s first language. He strongly believes all creatives should follow their passion. Disregarding people’s perceptions of themselves and their work and just focus on what they want to achieve. If someone told Tolutope this is the avenue he would’ve ventured in life he would’ve looked at you like you had two heads. Putting ultimate contentment and success at the top of his list, Tolutope Falana is hell-bent on building himself in the best way possible. He has an insane drive and a positive outlook on what life holds. Overall peace, happiness, success, and generational wealth for his family is what he sees on his horizon and with that thought in mind, here is no other way but up for him.
Keep your head down And grind, what’s for you will come to you.