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by Barry Burch Jr.
Sometimes it’s all in the afro.
Dante de Blasio has been crowned with being this year’s sixth most influential teen by Time magazine. He is referred to as New York City’s “latest fashion icon.” The title and attention seem to have a lot to do with his “new iconic” afro, as reported by the Huffington Post.
Surprising what you can do with a pick and a little hair grease.
The ranking is somewhat surprising as Malala Yousafzai, Justin Bieber, and Malia Obama, all fell short of Blasio.
Just three months ago, Bill de Blassio, who is mayor-elect, had his 15-year-old son make an appearance in an advertisement aimed at promoting an end to stop and frisk. The ad was also highly critical of the Bloomberg administration.
It was a hit and the beginning of Bil de Blassio and his son, Dante, taking the nation by storm.
Dante’s presence has been so effective that even President Obama has publicly referenced it; expressing his envy and respect for the flawless ‘fro.
With all the attention, many are asking if Dante has any future plans to run for office. He says it isn’t out of the question. According to CBS New York, on his Facebook page, Dante says he has a variety of influences, including, former President Theodore Roosevelt, Niccolo Machiavelli, the founder of modern political science, and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Chaira, Dante’s sister, also carries a deep interest in fashion. Though she did not make the list as a teenager who is the most influential, she does have a pretty extensive and impressive collection of headbands, as reported by the Huffington Post.
Barry is a scholar who enjoys writing, arithmetic and politics. Reach him @ Barryburchjr@gmail.com