RIP Harry Brant - 1996-2021

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  1. puresoul

    puresoul Well-Known Member

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    (source: nytimes.com)
    "Harry Brant Is Dead at 24
    The socialite and style setter began making a name for himself as a teenager.

    Harry Joseph Brant, a founding member of the next-generation jet set and a new-look “It” boy, was found dead on Sunday at age 24. The cause was an accidental drug overdose of prescription drugs, his family said. He had struggled with addiction for several years.

    “We will forever be saddened that his life was cut short by this devastating disease,” his family said in a statement. “He achieved a lot in his 24 years, but we will never get the chance to see how much more Harry could have done.”

    The younger son of Peter M. Brant, an industrialist, publisher and art collector, and Stephanie Seymour, one of the original supermodels, Mr. Brant grew up around the glitterati of the style and art worlds. He was a familiar presence at fashion shows and international parties at a young age, attending the Met Gala at age 16. Vanity Fair called him a “Little Lord Fauntleroy” for his unapologetic willingness to enjoy his own good fortune and looks, and New York Magazine once referred to Mr. Brant and his older brother, Peter Brant II, as “NYC’s Most Beautiful Teenage Brothers”; their social omnipresence seemed to invite a certain kind of hyperbole.

    Though he later grew to hate the Fauntleroy appellation, Mr. Brant was known for pushing the boundaries of gender stereotype in both cosmetics and clothing. He dabbled in journalism as a teenage columnist for his father’s Interview magazine, modeled for Balmain and Italian Vogue (among others), and, with his brother, founded a unisex makeup line with MAC, releasing collections in 2015 and 2016.

    In 2016, Mr. Brant was arrested after refusing to pay a cab fare in Greenwich, Conn., and charged with larceny, interfering with an officer and drug possession. Though he attended Bard College, he did not graduate. According to his parents, he had been planning to enter a new drug rehabilitation center this year, and had hoped to return to play a larger role in the creative side of Interview magazine.

    In addition to Peter, Harry is survived by a younger sister, as well as an older half brother from his mother’s previous marriage to the guitarist Tommy Andrews, and four half siblings from his father’s previous marriage to Sandra Brant. (Another half sibling from Mr. Brant’s earlier marriage died in 2019.)

    “Harry was not just our son,” the family said in the statement. “He was also a wonderful brother, loving grandson, favorite uncle and a caring friend. He was a creative, loving and powerful soul that brought light into so many people’s hearts. He was truly a beautiful person inside and out.”

    In an interview with W magazine before one of the MAC kickoffs, Mr. Brant said, “I really think that once you leave high school, you realize that being normal is something that people want to shy away from, and the more true you are to yourself and the more individual you are, the more people are inherently attracted to you.” Makeup, he added, “is all about fantasy and turning yourself into someone you might not necessarily be on an everyday basis, so you kind of get to escape for a night with this new persona. That’s what I always did.”" -- Vanessa Friedman nytimes.com
     
  2. DK92

    DK92 Well-Known Member

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    So sad... I hope that friends and family have their hearts comforted, especially Stephanie, it must be very difficult for a mother to see her son going so soon changing the natural order of things!
     
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  3. Benn98

    Benn98 Well-Known Member

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    RIP, sad that he died this young!

    You can say what you want about Stephanie and her boys, and people had a lot to say over the years when it came to their tactile public displays, but it always seemed as if they had a good time and genuinely liked one another. More than most families to be honest. She seems like every gay teen boy's dream version of a mum.

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  4. jennie hunt

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    RIP, so sad...
     
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  5. MulletProof

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    strange how the article, coming from a relatively serious publication, makes it seem like you must've lived under rock by not knowing who H-a-r-r-y B-r-a-n-t was but by listing remarkable life moments that may help you remember, you end up with the idea that he was just another trust fund party boy with an Adderall problem. Also the picture surrounded by women.. who even handled this obituary...

    Anyway, I never heard of him but the mom I'm familiar with and that's every mother's nightmare.. feel sad for her.
     
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  6. CommanderTMugler

    CommanderTMugler Well-Known Member

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    I feels so bad for Stephanie, that must be heartbreaking to experience your son pass away.

    I herd about addiction levels going up during quarantine, I guess he must have fallen worse into it.
     
  7. wendylorene

    wendylorene Well-Known Member

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    Such a sad death, RIP
     
  8. lucy92

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    I thought it was great that he and his brother had a mac collaboration and spoke frankly about makeup.

    Does his brother Peter still wear makeup?
     

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