I am Donald Carmichael, born March 8th and raised in Harlem, New York and the proud creator of BirdBangerNYC. Growing up my interests varied from music, fashion and sports like basketball, baseball, American football, boxing and BMX.
A key moment in my life was being spotted on the corner of 132nd & Lenox by a stylist for 'Floss' magazine, who said I had a different look and that I stood out from the rest, but she also said I had to lose the facial hair! This all flew over my head, as it was something that I didn't expect to happen and I hadn't thought about modelling before, but I took up the offer of a meeting where we discussed the fashion industry and getting me in an issue of the magazine. I turned up to the photoshoot, the other model was late so I was put on set and everything fell into place, I was a natural in front of the camera. I had three pages in the magazine and that was how my modelling career started.
I worked in New York with CDP Chantelle, DE Paris and Boss Models doing Ads, Editorials and Runways. My modelling career was going from strength to strength and I expanded my horizons by crossing the Atlantic from New York to London and signed a three year contract with one of the top modelling agencies in the UK, D1 Models. From my move to London, I did a spread for More Magazine, Editorials and Campaigns for Glenlivet Whiskey, Melbec (where I travelled to Paris) and Nike, all of which were "buy outs" meaning they loved my work and wanted to keep using me on those campaigns.
That key moment in my life made me an International Male Model but that did not change who I am as a person. I remain humble and have been working on other projects where I can give back, like getting involved with caring for the elderly and volunteering my time to do activities with them, which I love and get huge satisfaction out of knowing I am making a difference in their lives.
I have been working on BirdBangerNYC for about 8 years. It all started with my Uncle and I having an idea to create a unique urban brand that has a strong meaning behind it and is not just a brand, but a lifestyle, all of which relates to music, fashion and sports. Sadly, my Uncle is no longer with us but I have continued to work on BBNYC, making our ideas and dreams a reality and striving towards this moment where I launch our online store for BirdBangerNYC worldwide!
I would like to personally thank you for representing BBNYC and for all your love and support in the BirdBangerNYC movement.
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