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VIDEO: THE WOMAN CHALLENGING COLOMBIA’S POVERTY AND FIGHTING AGAINST TEENAGE PREGNANCY | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND CATALINA ESCOBAR

Never in my life have I met a woman with such determination. Catalina Escobar, one of CNN’s Heroes of 2012, is a Colombia native who founded the Juan Felipe Escobar Foundation in 2000 after the tragic death of her 16-month-old son, Juan Felipe. As a volunteer in Cartagena’s largest and most ill-equipped hospital, Catalina also witnessed the deaths of…

STREET ART WARRIOR | FALLING INTO BERLIN’S KREUZBERG NEIGHBORHOOD

Berlin’s “street art” and graffiti scene is crazy amazing. And, instead of condemning it, locals mostly celebrate it. One of the best places to see the diversity of works done by various artists is in the neighborhood of Kreuzberg, which straddles east and west Berlin. I visited the bohemian-chic area for an afternoon and...

VIDEO: THE RINGLEADER BEHIND SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST INSPIRING PUBLIC ART | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND FARIS AL-SHATHIR

Faris Al-Shathir, the young co-founder of New York’s public art rooted non-profit “BOFFO”, has facilitated some of the most interesting collaborations between the worlds of art, fashion and architecture. His idea for BOFFO was born out of a bad economy and a desire to bring together people who could…

SERVING SHOULDER AT ASHFORD CASTLE IN WESTERN IRELAND

Throughout the many acres that make-up the estate of Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland, ruins and walls covered in moss and ivy are prevalent. It’s easy to be inspired here to dress-up and share your confident side with the world. Because, when it’s boiled down, fashion is…

VIDEO: AMERICA’S FIRST OPENLY GAY IMAM IN THE ISLAM FAITH | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND IMAM DAAYIEE ABDULLAH

Imam Daayiee Abdullah is America’s first openly gay imam in the Islam faith. Born Sidney Thompson in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan – Daayiee was raised as a Christian and lived with parents who were religious but progressive in their thinking. He describes his upbringing as one where activism was promoted and dialogue encouraged, Daayiee was…

A LUXURIOUSLY SIMPLE CHUNKY KNIT | MARKET-HOPPING WITH ISSEY MIYAKE’S AUTUMN/WINTER 2014

Issey Miyake is a Japanese label with a global sensibility, and Yusuke Takahashi is it’s leader. Infusing an incredibly unique and memorable design aesthetic is what makes each of his shows remembered season after season. His autumn/winter 2014 collection saw a large amount of…

VIDEO: THE ARCHITECT OF NEW YORK’S MODERN MENSWEAR MOVEMENT | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND SIKI IM

Siki Im fell into fashion design, but it was a happy accident. The designer known in New York for his stunning and thought-provoking menswear conceptualized and constructed in the United States, is someone with barrels of talent and passion for his work. His collections are never what they appear, often referencing…

STAYING AHEAD OF NEGATIVITY AND HATE ON THE RACETRACK AT THE FOUR SEASONS LISBON

Lisbon is known for its colorful skyline. Echoes of pink, white and red-tiled roofs fill the sky with the most amazing colors at sunrise and sunset. On an early autumn day in Portugal’s capital city, I went to the roof of The Four Seasons Ritz Hotel to peer-out at the majestic views. The hotel’s rooftop is lined with a race track for guests to walk or run on, in an effort to…

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11.24.14

Destination: Global Gratitude

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. And, in the spirit of taking time to honor and reflect on what we are thankful for, I wanted to take the opportunity to do the same. Eighteen months ago I embarked on a journey that would eventually become “Inspired Citizen”. My mission was simple, to show my readers the world through fashion, travel and through the eyes of people who took a risk in their life and followed their passion. It has been a whirlwind and I am grateful for all who have followed along. I hope you have been inspired in some way to upgrade your own experience on this planet. This week I want to recognize some of my favorite moments thus far, and offer gratitude to lay a path for even more amazing adventures to come.

11.26.14
Anthony Boca - 1
Anthony Boca - 1

Fashion Flashback | Philip Lim And Givenchy In South Florida

One memory which I have gratitude for is the day after Thanksgiving last year – in 2013. I was visiting South Florida for an interview with Latino businessman and leader, Charles Garcia. I interviewed Mr. Garcia and stopped for lunch at the famous pink hotel in Boca Raton. The Boca Raton Resort and Club, as it’s known, is an inspiration in itself as the architecture and construction date back to the early 1900s. The man behind the resort was…

11.26.14
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Charles Garcia moment - 1

An Inspiring Lesson From Charles Garcia | Modesty Matters

The day after Thanksgiving of 2013, I flew to South Florida to interview Latino businessman and leader, Charles Garcia. Garcia came-up working in the White House as well as serving for the U.S. military. From the beginning, he was put in situations where he had to prove himself and answer to those in positions of incredible power – including…

11.26.14
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Beach - 1

A Reflective Floridian Sunset | Hues of Gratitude

There’s nothing more magical than a good sunset. Some are better than others and, depending on where you’re located, they can vary in color and strength. But, somehow, they’re always spiritual. This is a photo I took in 2013 in South Florida. The beach was empty and the surf rushed in and out as the sky filled with a palette of pinks, oranges and yellow. In these moments, I feel most connected to myself and my surroundings.

11.24.14
Anthony Africa Skull - small
Anthony Africa Skull - small

Fashion Flashback | Tanzania Desolation

Last year while on safari in The Selous, a stretch of Tanzanian wilderness the size of Switzerland, I had a moment where I realized my connection to the planet and felt it stronger than ever before. Miles from civilization, I stood in the desolation – surrounded my silence, haunting beauty, wildlife both alive and gone. I found the skeleton of a giraffe which had been taken down by a group of lions a few weeks prior – bones licked clean. It was startling scary, and beautiful at the same time. I wore a simple tee from Alexander Wang, perfect for the near 90 degree temperatures, and my favorite pair of matte gray Ray Ban sunglasses.

11.24.14
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Baobab and Giraffe - 1

A Boab Tree And A Giraffe | A Moment Of Silence

The Boab tree and the giraffe are synonymous with Africa – especially The Selous National Park in Tanzania. Isolated from everything, the park is one of the most unfamous and unexplored areas in Africa – due to its sheer size. But, once in, you are instantly captured by the wildlife and terrain which in unlike any other. Hippos, giraffe, lions, birds of prey and more seem to be common. I was on an early evening game drive and came across this beautiful scene. What gratitude I have for it – truly unforgettable.

11.24.14
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Patrick Ngoe Interview - 1

An Inspiring Lesson From Patrick Ngowi | Don’t Let The Sterotype Of Young Age Rob You

An afternoon in September of 2013 led me to meet someone very special. Sitting down with Patrick Ngowi in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania gave me an opportunity to learn more about him, his story and his work in bringing light – solar light – to rural areas of the country. But, aside from his work, what made me think most was the fact that he began laying a path for…

11.24.14
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Equador Look - small

Fashion Flashback | One Of My Favorite Sartorial Moments In Ecuador

In December 2013, I traveled to Quito, Ecuador to interview the incredible mountain climber, Ivan Vallejo. Aside from my interview, I was inspired by the local colors and textiles which can be found in clothing made in the city. I spent an afternoon shooting various looks while meandering around the sky-high city of Quite. I stopped by a beautiful stone cathedral and snapped a photo wearing a pair of colorful patchwork linen pants constructed from vintage Ecuadorian fabric. I paired them with a crisp white oxford by Burberry Prorsum and a locally sourced straw hat. This look was fun and made me feel a part of the local culture.

11.24.14
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Ecuador interview moment - 1

An Inspiring Lesson From Ivan Vallejo | Passion Persists

When I interviewed Mr. Ivan Vallejo in Quito, Ecuador in December of 2013, I left more uplifted than when I first arrived. I had heard, through the grapevine, that I was about to meet someone very special – but I had no idea. He showed-up for our interview despite the fact that he was dealing with a severe case of food poisoning. I was impressed. After a meeting which lasted an hour-and-a-half, there were…

11.24.14
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Ecuador plains - 1

A Beautiful Vista | Somewhere Between Ecuador’s Mountains And Clouds

If there’s one thing visitors can count on when traveling to Ecuador, especially Quito, it’s beautiful scenery. On my visit in 2013 I was mesmerized by the lack of boundaries between the clouds and the mountains. The peaks stretched so high they pierced the sky and you couldn’t decipher where one began and the other ended. This created the most…

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