Drawing Dallas

Newly HIV-positive, fashion student Trevail Anderson doesn’t let his status deter him from his dreams

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator
mark@markdrawsfunny.com

Name and age:  Trevail Anderson, 23

Spotted at:  Union Jack

Occupation:  Fashion design student

This gorgeous Gemini who originally hails from Shreveport, La., has made Dallas his home for the last three years. His Creole heritage is a gumbo of nationalities, including French, Caribbean and Dominican, all simmering together in one tall, sexy frame.

Always the fashion: Creatively blessed with a talent for fashion and design, he’s a senior at Wade College, and his skills have garnered him the 2011 Dallas Market Center’s Career Day competition grand prize. He takes the accolades in stride.He has interned with local designer Nicolas Villalba; Valentino is his fashion hero. Trevail plans to orchestrate and design his own line of women’s wear and read-to-wear fashions. Most recently, his designs appeared in the Urban Jungle fashion show held at Station 4.

Catwalk: With his exotic features and streamlined body, modeling is natural for Trevail, and he has been involved in numerous assignments. Cooking is another of his outlets, an interest instilled in him by his grandmother; Creole dishes, of course, are a favorite. He enjoys exploring the Farmer’s Market as well as his own garden.

Out and about: Trevail has always acknowledged his sexuality. “I came out straight out of the womb!” he jokes.

Favorite quote: “Work hard and play hard. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Flawless: This past April, Trevail commemorated his one year anniversary of being HIV-positive. He wants to set an example for those who are poz so they will not to let anything hinder them from making their dreams a reality. He describes himself as a diamond that has been cut by pain. We consider him flawless.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 1, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Weekly Best Bets

Friday 05.20

Just don’t poop on the runway
The Four Legged Fashion Collection returns where canines strut couture and then it’s auctioned off. These aren’t your PetSmart sweaters. Designers like Nicolas Villalba and Micheal Simon contributed to the 30-plus collection. Don’t need to dress the doggie? The auction block is filled with other items to bid on, all of which benefits animal rescue groups.

DEETS: Dallas Trade Mart, 2100 N. Stemmons Freeway. 6:30 p.m.
$75. FourLeggedFashion.org

 

Friday 05.20

Prick up your ears
The latest show at 1111 Studio Gallery gives face time to artist Eric Trich. He grabbed a lot of attention as one of the younger artists on the local scene. Seems like he’s come into his own with his new solo show Can You Hear Me Now? The show also features a performance by Sour Soul.

DEETS: 1111 Studio Gallery, 1111 Dragon St. 7 p.m.
$5. 1111StudioGallery.com.

 

Thursday 05.26

Closet cases
MBS Productions’ new comic farce Outrageous Sexy (nekkid) Romp turns the tables on being in the closet. When one half of a gay couple comes to the realization he may be straight, can his drag queen friend Lovely Uranus help him figure it all out? Or does he keep the peace in the closet?

DEETS: Stone Cottage Theater, 15650 Addison Road. 8 p.m.
$18–$22. MBSProductions.net

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 20, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas