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ARTYGRAM / @donbbw

Ironic and iconic, Don Bbw is his own muse and an irresistible drama queen

By Alessandra Nava

In the wonderfully unique world of Instagram lives the irresistible character played by @donbbw, a multitalented young artist. His name is Donnel and he’s basically the most relatable and most fun person on the entire planet. He started gaining popularity through his YouTube channel, “Don Bbw”, where his circa 37 thousand subscribers follow his tutorials or his life experiences, narrated through his non conventional eyes. Whether it’s about a make up tutorial or a vlog, he has impressive skills in producing his own videos, short pieces of art because of the drama and the sassy attitude that he has, and because he’s not afraid to spill the tea. Because of his talent he was also featured in “Random Acts of Flyness”, a very sophisticated and socially committed HBO series that shows the multifaceted realities of being a black person in the America of 2018.

 
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He’s not only interested in videos and entertainment, he’s also gifted with drawing skills. On his Instagram profile he’s building an astonishing feed in which he shares digital drawings and manipulated pics of himself and other muses, such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Grace Jones. His style recalls the surrealist atmosphere of Dalí and the themes of love, healing, self empowerment and fragility depicted by Frida Kahlo. Just like the beloved Mexican painter, Don is his first muse, and he usually draws himself as a metaphysical creature, whether it’s a devil, an angel or a hybrid animal. He is Art himself, he’s the subject of his own memes and illustrations, and his strong but somehow sensitive personality is reflected in every single work.
 
 
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His role models have space too. Through his hand Rihanna became Mona Lisa and Jessica Rabbit, FKA Twigs is depicted as his lover and best friend, SZA as his double, while Lady Gaga is portrayed as Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.
 
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Don’s vision of the world and his cult of personality are so unique that you will surely be hypnotized by his works.