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Machine Gun Kelly’s wild modelling career

Rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly overcame people criticising his style by making it onto best dressed lists.

Machine Gun Kelly calls his move into fashion “wild”.

The American star began his career as a rapper, but in recent years has been taking on more and more acting roles.

As well as parts in new Emma Roberts movie Nerve, under his real name Colson Baker, and TV series Roadies opposite Luke Wilson and Imogen Poots, the 26-year-old is also trying his hand at modelling. He featured in a spread for L'Uomo Vogue, and admits the career path has surprised him.

“It's wild,” he grinned to GQ America. “As I was coming up, there was so much naysaying, there was so much doubt, whether it was from my peers or people in the industry. And I think part of my job is being a voice of the unspoken for, the people in my area, where I'm from, the Midwest - the kids who are just working blue-collar jobs, trying to figure out how to make (it) - I want to show them, in the most uncliched way possible, that anything is possible.”

One of the things people called him out on when he was growing up was his clothes. His style largely consisted of “wifebeater” vests and snapback hats, which people would dub as trashy. He’s also covered in tattoos, with inkings gracing his entire back, arms and chest.

He’s never let the negativity get him down though, and says it’s inspiring to overcome the doubt.

“People were like 'Oh he's trashy, he's white trash' - all these different kind of assumptions,” he shrugged. “Just like when I was in high school, when I said, I'm gonna grow up, get a record deal, and be the biggest f**king star in the world, people were like, ‘Yeah right, dude, no one makes it out of Cleveland, you're a white boy trying to be somethin' you shouldn't’. That same person they were calling white trash is now on the best dressed lists.”

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