Lifestyle and Fashion Expert Lawrence Zarian

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Lawrence Zarian is one of the most sought after on-camera lifestyle & fashion experts in the television industry today with on-air experience of over 20 years as “The Fashion Guy” for The Kelly Clarkson Show, Live with Kelly & Ryan, Hallmark’s Home & Family, KTLA and Extra to name a few. Specializing in styling women in their 40’s, 50’s and UP, Lawrence focuses not just on affordable trends for this key demo of women but also the psychology around dressing for your body type and loving yourself in the process. Lawrence is also the author of the highly successful fashion “Bible,” Lawrence Zarian’s 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe. He recently launched CAxLZ SUMMER COLLECTION in partnership with CONNECTED APPAREL, featuring stylish items celebrating women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. 

A few years ago, Lawrence made the decision to come out of the closet, so to speak, and stop downplaying his identity as a gay man…and he’s never felt freer or happier. Unconcerned with fitting a network’s mainstream image, he’s here to share his life. On this episode, we chat about the role of fashion in his childhood, sharing his gay life on social media, promoting a positive outlook on life, body positivity, and the importance of being true to yourself…with host Alexander Rodriguez. Check out our in-depth interview with Lawrence at www.Metrosource.com.

This is metrosource menes, the officialpodcast to metrosource magazine and home of short form interviews with yourfavorite personalities from the lgbtq world and beyond, quick fun andinformative. It's metro source on the go out in cousine, nine. Well, hello, hello, allow this ismetrosource minnies, i'm your host alexander rodriguez, avid podcaster,and lead rider for metrosource. We love fashion, we love body positivity. Todayi chat with somebody from our community making both work and that's work withne work. Lawrence arian is one of the most sought after on camera, lifestyleand fashion experts in the tv industry, with on our experience for over twentyyears as the fashion guy for the kelly clarkson show live with kelly and ryanhallmarks, home and family katla and extra just fame, a very small fewspecializing, styling women in their s and s and up. He focuses not just onaffordable trend for this, for this key demographic, but also on the psychologyaround dressing for your body type and loving yourself in the process again.Work lawrence is also the author of the highly successful fashion biblelaurence arians, ten cut madmen's for a perfect wardrobe, and he recentlylaunched ca by lz summer collection in partnership with connected apparelfeaturing a featuring stylish items, celebrated women of all shapes ages andsizes. His personality is as vibrant as his instagram. Please welcome mrlawrence aryan. Okay, i'm exhausted that alex was a lot about me. Well, there is a lot to talk about. Youknow. You've just you've hit the market so well talk about your own personalbranding. I mean you've really set the bar hive for any tv on theirpersonality, so i just have to know when, when did your love affair withfashion first start? What what were you wearing as a kid? Well, first of all,it's great to be with you. You know i'm a big fan of yours. My number onenumber two! You know it's so funny right before we did this, i'm gettingmyself ready and i think we all do that. We're always trying to feel the mostcomfortable in our skin and i think that's where our journey is to findcomfort in self and who we are and what we put out to the world and when itcomes to fashion i'm an identical twin, my twin brother's grera. I had my ownroom for seven minutes. My parents dressed us sometimes as twins in thesame outfits or a variation of the same style. But when you ask me that question inthe interview about what i don't know started my fashion jerney,it probably wasn't the best thing, but it played itself out. You know as a kidgrowing up. My mother would always talk to me as my mom, but also would talk tome as a friend and sometimes i think those those boundaries were a littlemixed up, because i remember sitting on the toilet when e on was getting readyand putting other make up in the close, and i saw this transanimation firsthand of a woman that was struggling with self confidence, self awareness and self and the way the transformnation happened with the hair and the style and the makeup and the dress andas her best friend i was always saying, mamma, you look beautiful. So i didn't realize this until yourarticle, when you ask me that question that that's when the seeds were planted, and that is why i resonate so deeply with women,...

...especially mothers on creating something that helps them. Not only look in the mirror and lovewhat they see, but the most important part is feel beautiful. I'm going to be honest, i'm getting alittle emotional here. I was raised by my mom and my grandma, and so mygrandma was my best friend growing up and she was just known for being soelegant. She used to be a model, even you know, into her s and s, and she wasalways just so beautifully put together and i would sit and watch her tease herhair and match everything, and you know we would have to dress up to be on theplane. We would dress up to go to disneyland, we just always dressed upand it was she didn't. Do it at a place of snobbery. She wasn't so concernedabout the labels, but what she always taught me is, when you dress reallywell you're, not just showing respect for yourself you're, showing respectfor the people that you're around and so anybodyy. Whenever you talk about mygrandma, you know we lost her about two years ago, which is where i getemotional. But you know these are the memories that really are ingrained inus and that's what i always remember is you know presenting yourself it's foryou too, and when it's also in a respect for the other person- and youknow alex, i love the questions that you ask me because you know to me: lifeis a journey and we peel back the onion more and more and more as we get older,and so many people go out instead of goingwithin and especially over this pasture of the pandemic, nobody could go out.So i spent a solid year going deep inside finding up more about myself. Myonce my feels my needs my desires and doing i'm actually in therapy. I lovetherapy. I think therapy is so important for everyone and in my journey and in my work irealized so many things, but it was that question that made me realize. Yes, i think my mother sharing as much asshe did with a child was wrong, but that was a long time ago and peopledidn't know how to do it differently. Now we have so many many other toolsand outlets, but what my mother did is give me the tools to help women,because i understand women. So many people have said to me. How do you knowso much? I was brought up in the trenches and when you especially at to gay man,there is nothing more more sacred and special. I feel then a gay man has withhis mother because in a straight tersel lifestyle the boy gets married and thewife takes over sort of that space and i think for a gamman. Our mammas are the loves of our livesand i'll. Tell you this i'll. Tell you what got me a little emotional beforethe interview i was going through my fall collection, saxland partnershipwith connected apparel, and we pulled out of the wrapping, the dorisand my mother's, an impis doris, and it is this beautiful, long, sleeve, black,sheer overlay that is doris to a tea, and she would be so proud of me because mymother put on things that made her feel beautiful when she was having one of those daysand all women struggle. I think the toughest drive in the world is to be aparent and for a mom to be married, sometimes be married, have a job, antake care of the kids you're, not only responsible for the home in thehousehold and the husband you're responsible for those beautifulprecious law lives. So why not put on something? Even if it's just for a minute make youfeel beautiful, which is why i design...

...the collection, it's sequent, shirts,it's black, palazzo, pants, it's something! That's special, but mygrandma would always say the soap in the bathroom wrapped up inplastic was for a special occasion. I love the concept, but every day is aspecial occasion were arahat means something. Why do you wear your sundaybest? Only on sunday were on wednesday, like that's, we woke up. How are youtoday? I woke up i'm happy, and so i want to know about cax lz,like you talked about the collection. My love is that it's a blend of thathollywood glamor, but it's also practical. Where and it's especiallypractical for a budget and after you know, ovid we're we're all looking atour budget and you know try to prepare again, for you know the worst thatcould happen. What was most important about putting this collection together,and what did you learn about yourself? I've been in the fashion business nowfor twenty five years, and i believe that god, your higher power, whatever you chooseto believe in moves us like chess paces and god moved me into this place. As afashion expert, i was an actor. I was writing soap operas. The fact that i'msitting in this space is all divine intervention and from day one alex. Iknew that women had to be celebrated at every shape and size. I would not go ontelevision and do a fashion segment unless i had a curvy woman, i justwouldn't. It didn't feel right to me. So i've been singing this tone for solong and also i've never been madison avenue. I've never been rodeo drive,because only two percent of the world can afford that lifestyle. I'mfashioned for everybody every shape every size, every age. So when i metthe people are connected, apparel divine grace put me in contact withthese people. It happened over a dinner unexpected. We realized that we wantthe same thing fashion for every woman, but it's something special so and i've named every single pieceafter an important woman in my life. That means something to me: beautiful,strong, powerful and loving. So, like my tony teas, it's a sequent shirt.It's forty five dollars. I cut the arm just a little bit longer, because womenwant to have a little more arm coverage and i drapped it just a little bitlonger. But it's a sequent t shirt yeah, it's a sequin t shirt. That's forty!Five dollars rose gold, antique gold silver instead of putting on a joggeror a sweat pad put on my palatset named after sherry or the show stopper myfoxy tunic, named after one of my fashion, icons, patty fox, i mean it's.I designed dresses my kim dress, a rose, gold fit and flare dress with pocketsunder a hundred bucks, and you know i really think it's thatattention to detail, because you know body positivity is such a hot topicright now and i'm going to ask you in a minute whether you think it's just ahot topic or you think the fashion industry is really going to payattention. But you have labels and because it is a hot topic, you havelabels pumping out these for all sizes kind of fashion line, but it's notpaying attention to the details because they're not understanding that kind ofmodel. They're, not understanding that woman. So they're not doing the details,like you said, like a little bit lower on the arms to really make somebodyfeel comfortable and work with. You know, parts of somebody's body thatthey might not. You know, love to show case, and you have done that to such detail, and so that really is trulyrepresentative that you, you ha been thinking about this. It's not just afad, but do you think that the fashion...

...industry at large is going to take thisin consideration that it's going to be reflected on the runway? Or do youthink it's just a present day, hot topic to be talking about being bodypositive? First of all, they should have alwaysbeen a part of it, and you know people have said to me. When did that shiftand change, and i think you know in the late s with the supermodel twiggy, thename, the yeesty, and then we had in the s s. We had cape moss that waitinfluence and to me when your anything should never be all or nothing. Life isa party in a celebration, and i'm so frustrated that so many designers feelhey we're going to cut you off at this size. This shape. To me, this world ismeant for everybody. So who knows what the future is, but we have such astrong presence of women. A look at look at may musk she's over seventy andshe's gray, hair. Look at ashley, graham, she is taking the curvy worldby storm every time you turn on the television right now, every race, everysize, every shape, every age is l being represented, and hopefully, with allthese voices saying we belong and we matter that will never go out of vogueever, but alex women in every shape. Every age every size should becelebrated and represented, so should the lgbtq community, everybody has a spot and aplace and a home on this earth, and we should all have access to everything,because we all matter we just do you know being a gay man. We have somany body issues just as humans, but then you know with the gay communityand i'll tell you as somebody whose weight goes up and down so so often oneof the things i remember- and this is from the media, this is being in theentertainment industry growing up. I still remember this headline so vividlyit was people magazine and it was when beverly hills, nine one o one no hadfirst come out and they did a story about luke perry. The headline said:luke perry. Twenty eight inch waist and so to this day, all i can think of istwenty. Eight inch was twenty eight inch ways and then that's what's soimportant about him or his role or the show, and it's so damaging, because howcan you hold yourself accountable to a twenty inch waste and so much so thatit's still in my mind every time i buy a pair of pants any time i go up a sizeor the size, it's gauging it. It's just you know it's so frustrating so you'reyou're identity in the gay community were you ever afraid to be open withyour lifestyle or sexual outbye know er has changed. Let me just tell you this.Let me just tell you this: it wasn't until a couple years ago that i said myname is lawrence zeran and i'm gay. I never said it. I couldn't say it. Youknow when cure for the straight guy came out so long ago, my agent callesand said there's a show called queri for this drat guy and they're veryinterested in talking with you about being the fashion expert, and i had afootball. An anxiety attack- and i thought my father can't handle this. Ican't do this, so i would say that i spent the first ten years of my careeron television. I don't want to say i was playing straight, but but i alludedto it and then, as i got older, and i saw so much of our community struggling andsuffering, i thought if i don't start showing a voice, that you can beauthentic, be yourself live your life and have a life. Why am i living my life just for myself?So it's literally been the last couple of years that i have said my name is laurenzarin and i'm gay and i'm smiling, because i am having the best time beingmy crew ething authentic self. Yes, i...

...have body dismorr. Yes, i struggle withwait. Yes, i do this. Yes, i do that. We all excuse my language. We all haveour shit, it's my stuff, my journey, but i work on it every day and the one thing that i don't thinkabout or struggle with any more is being gay, because i love it. I amhaving so much fun being who i am, and i have to tell you you know i'vebeen a fan of yours for a number of years, and i've known you for a numberof years and i've really seen that shift on your social media, and youknow you do represent a lot of networks on networks have advertisers and youand i come from a very different generation of being open and what beinggay even meant, and so i thank you. I don't think anybody should be forced tocome out of the closet. You know somebody can make a statement when theyfeel right for it and look at you look at the platform that you've establishedbecause of your time in the industry and look who now you're speaking up foryou're speaking up for the gay community, you're speaking up for womenwho don't necessarily fit every stereo time or man. You were just talkingabout. I parry and let me just say this: we are in a very interesting time inour lives where the good news is. We have social media,so a young, a young child struggling with identity. Can google something andgo do recate the travel project they can go and find somebody that is justlike them. I think that is a blessing from above. You will never be alone,because if there's somebody just like you struggling like you, that's thepositive, the downfall is social media hurts there's a filter, there's an atthat makes you look thinner, there's apps that are doing, let's, let's notcelebrate, who you are, but let's lay or lay or lay or lay or layer, and putall these layers on in front of you. You got to knock it up and you got tofind your balance because i believe we are all a cator cut in now to paturedresses, one event, one night, one person, god decided each one of you toyour perfection. You might not be a certain height if you want to gethealthy, get healthy and with getting healthy and eating. How thy and workingout and all of that you have a healthier body. Health o your mind, ahealthier spirit. You look better, you feel better. Those are all choices weget to make, but don't compare yourself to somebody else because there's onlyone you you know, and it is funny because wehave come out of this period of ovid, where we've all gotten so confident inourselves, because all we had to do was hang out with ourselves. We didn't havethe peer pressure. We didn't have the events. We didn't have the schedulethat we had to conform to other people. We got to watch on tv. What we wanted.We got to wear sweats or nothing around the house. If we want to do we got toeat whatever we wanted to twenty to her as nine minutes, i gained twenty poundsand i still have it on and you know i can tell you something you don't look, i'm honest. If youdon't, if there's another guy that thinks i'm hot and doesn't like mecause i have a stomach, then you know what you're not the right guy for me,because at a certain point that six pack is going to become a four pack, atwo pack, it's going to become a gut. You got to love who you are and come on. Wasn't it nice to say a lot ofice cream again ice cream shift burgers all of it, but it's funny because we'releaving you know we're post covin and we have this confidence. But you knowi've started doing live events for the first time. You know a few weeks agoand i put on my clothes. They did not fit. None of my fancy jackets fit andit was such a wake up call, but it was this kind of like you're talking aboutthis is energy. It's like okay, who cares? I'm still me, i'm still going togo out there and do an amazing job, but it is kind of this kind of shift andenergy. You know we saw the shirtless selfies get really boring during cove.So it's now, you know i seen even that kind of shift where you actually haveto have a personality to be and in port-...

...and you know we know but hears. What'sinteresting, all the influences shot themselves in the foot, because whatthey were doing is they were showing the world how amazing and fancy andfiltered they are. Then, when the black lives movementreally came in and everybody deserves a voice and a space in this world. Youknow these influences that were standing outside like black livesmatter, and you see the boyfriend taking their picture, yeah that thathas destroyed that, because who are you other than a selfie show me who you are?But what are you about- and i do think now alex like tomorrow on a show herein los angeles, called the kta morning, show i let manton we're doing a swimset segment and i'm like we need a curvy model. We've got a beautifulmodel, that's in there and i'm starting the segment like saying hey, i rememberlast time i was on, i said: i'd be one of your models. I've gained twentycovered pounds, so i am not in a bathing suit b. I love who i am and see,let's bring out the models. I love to see you every single time,you're on camera. You just have this positivity and what i also have to fanfan girl out about is, you know, there's a lot from our community thatare on screen presences and the tendency is to give that sassy oneliner or be caddy, or to be that you know gay guy, that's kind of snarkythinking that that's the only way to be funny or that's the only present him.So you have always been so positive. Even with your red carpet coverages,you know for the oscars, you are always so positive with this enjoyable energy that you don't have to resort tothat to be a leader in what you're doing and also to be an expert. Youdon't have to resort to that kind of stereotype, and so that's also. I willtell you that i have lost so many jobs because i just won't be mean spiritedand i said something once and it wasn't mean it wasn't. Nice, itjust wasn't me because they kept saying we need more. We need more, and i saidit do you know i'm still talking about it. It affected me so much that i couldhave ever said, something that would have hurt somebody else because look,whether you like something someone's wearing or not, there was effort putinto it, and i always say you know, look in thefashion expert everything's a choice i might not have chosen this dress. Iwould have chosen this one, because i always look for the one thing that ilike and then i build from there, because we always can see the bad. Whynot start with seeing the good and expand on it all right laurence? This one is forsocial media. What are the biggest, no nose that people make with their everyday? Outfits. You know, i think that's changed somuch because of coved yeah, so i think sort of anything goes like right now. Ihave this great shirt on the top and i got an amazon for ten dollars. Hellogot its amazing yea and i'm naked on the bottom. So you know whateverything's everything's a choice lawrence after dark. No, i'm actuallyworn, i'm actually wearing nothing: social media, here's here's! Whatsocial media is. It is an expression of self it's an expression of who you areand you're right. How many different shirtless seuthes? Can we see here's aself it? Here's this your body looks the same bad. Who are you tell mesomething about you make me want to get to know you better. That to me is where social media shouldgo. That's what social media should be a part of. I love chatting with you so much.Please tell everybody where they can find and follow. You follow me on instagram at laurencearian, and let me also just say this...

...for anybody that is watching this thatis struggling with who they are. You are more than welcome to reach out tome on instagram. Send me a dm because i, even though i've an identical i've, anidentical to a brother. I thought that i was all alone and i didn't thinkother people felt like i did. You are so not alone you matter. You meansomething and there's so many people in this world that love you for you. Youcan't go back. Who knows what tomorrow is celebrate yourself. My name islauren zaran and i'm gay, who are you celebrate it own it and love it,because we are all in this lifetime together. All of us, i love it. I love it. What's your name,instagram handel again, laurence la w r e n ce zaran and my friends call me aze, a zak. I can talk with you for hours and hoursand hours, i'm a huge fan. Thank you. Thank you. So much for joining me today,love you so much that has been my chat with lauren zarin.You can check out my intent interview with him on metrosource, where wereally get into the nitty gritty. You can also see some pictures from hiscollection, which is also very exciting, and that's our episode. I'm your host,alexandra rodriguez, you can find me on instagram at alexander, is on air anduntil next time stay true and do you boo that has been another metrosource. Manyblack share subscribe on your favorite podcast player and check out the latestissue of metrosource magazine on new stands or online at metrosource. Followus on facebook instagram at natooral on twiner, a hat, a horse man until nexttime, a.

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