Bryan Grey Yambao, known to the globe as Bryanboy, has been a force in the blogosphere since launching his site more than a decade ago.
He’s gone from posting pics from his native Philippines to being chased by shutterbugs at fashion weeks around the globe, deeming him an “Internet celeb.” We chatted with the never-shy and fashion risk taker below…
It is unclear what role the new recruit will play in the reality series According to The Observer, the Manila-based blog 'combined Perez Hilton's fondness for coke-y MS Paint doodles with TMZ's gutter ruthlessness with 2005-era Gawker's weakness for the unverified and unverifiable, juicy reader tip'.
Using the alias Bboy777, he joined the blogosphere in 2003 and eventually built a following for himself after posting stories about his weight-loss goals, fashion purchases and hatred for fake designer goods.
Until the mid-aughts, selfies weren’t a thing—this was pre-Instagram, after all—but blogging platforms made uploading pictures easy; it was only a matter of time before girls (and boys) who loved clothes began documenting their outfits for all to see.
I also want to get a nose job, but the doctor told me I need to stop smoking, stop drinking coffee, tea, and alcohol 60 days before the surgery and 60 days after the surgery. Not exactly extravagant, but there was a time when Rihanna saw me at a Chanel show a few seasons ago.
What’s been one of the most extravagant moments of your career? I’m drug-free, with the exception of this pill called metropolol that I have to take once a day to manage my high blood pressure. At least once every two or three hours, about four or five times a day. Definitely Twitter, especially for entertainment value. Has your Twitter account ever gotten you in trouble? I always say what I think instead of thinking before speaking. Someone needs to remind me to turn my phone off in order for me not to get into trouble.
Yeah, I keep an apartment a block from the World Trade Center but I’m rarely there. We’re getting married after doing long distance for five years. Are your friends surprised that’s your neighborhood?
My fiancé lives in Sweden and we both got a new place in Stockholm earlier this year, so I’ve been spending a lot of time in Europe. Financial District is very civilized and very quiet.
I need my space, I need elevators, I need high ceilings. Who needs fashion when my ‘hood mostly consists of hot bankers from Goldman Sachs or Tribeca moms in yoga pants pushing their prams?
Would you still go to a show if you were seated in the second row? I’m there to see the clothes, not to be photographed sitting in the front row.
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Old judges: The blogger's involvement comes after the show's creator Tyra Banks, left, dumped Nigel Barker, middle, and Jay Manuel, right.