Meet the Dancing Model Who Absolutely Won New York Fashion Week

September 10, 2019

Each September, as throngs of models and designers descend upon the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week, we at Dance Spirit wait with bated breath for the inevitable fashion/dance collabs to pop up in our Insta feeds. And while the fashion industry has a long, sometimes complicated, sometimes amazing, history with the dance world, it’s done nothing but wow us as of late. Case in point? 21-year-old model/dancer extraordinaire Alton Mason‘s star turn at the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya show Sunday night (which took place at the historic Apollo Theater, no less).

Turns out, Mason has a pretty extensive dance background, as evidenced by his undeniable musicality on the runway. Not only did he formerly assist Laurieanne Gibson (and is apparently his godson), but, as he explained in W magazine, “Dance was my first love.” He even performed at the BET Awards with Diddy, Lil’ Kim, Jadakiss, and Mase.

This wasn’t the first time Mason made the entire front row’s jaws drop: In January, he went full out (like, round-off-back-handspring-layout full out) for the Louis Vuitton runway show.

It’s safe to say we are absolutely, officially, 100% Mason stans—and we hope more brands snag him for some super dancy campaigns down the line.