One of the fashion world’s young icons has just died. Harry Brant, son of Peter Brant and supermodel Stephanie Seymour, died from a drug overdose at the age of 24. Brant is survived by his parents, well-known brother Peter Brant II, and several other siblings. Immersed in the world of high art and fashion from a young age, Brant was a fashion trailblazer whose loss will be keenly felt.
Brant’s Life and Career; ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’
The New York Times reports, “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.”
Brant rejected gender stereotypes and explored the full boundaries of fashion and self-expression. The youngest Brant was a dabbling columnist, a model, and even created a MAC makeup line with his elder brother.
An interview with W Magazine explains Harry’s inspiration; “While promoting his MAC collaboration, Harry opened up about discovering makeup. ‘I first started to play with makeup by definitely going into mom’s and I started stealing her products because makeup is really expensive and I didn’t really have access to it when I was younger,’ he told W magazine in 2016. Like his mother, Harry was a fan of fashion. He notably attended the Met Gala in 2013 when he was just 16 years old.”
In the same interview, Brant explained his philosophy on self-expression and makeup; “The gender lines are starting to blur again, which is really, really great. People are starting to be more celebrated for their creativity. And 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. So, I think people can definitely express themselves in a great way through makeup, because it 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 personal. That’s what I always did.”
A Struggle with Addiction
Harry and brother Peter were often playfully described as the male version of famous socialites and heiresses Paris and Nicky Hilton. With high fame and wealth comes temptation, and Harry struggled with addiction for years. With endless money at your fingertips and access to the best and most accommodating doctors money can buy, prescription drug abuse is not uncommon among the wealthy.
Per Meaww, “Harry struggled with drug addiction for quite some time. His family stated that he had been planning to enter a new drug rehabilitation center this year and hoped to rejoin his father’s Interview magazine with a larger role than before.”
The Legacy Harry Leaves Behind
Although his death at such a young age is unimaginably tragic, Harry leaves behind a legacy that will far exceed his years on earth. Harry’s legacy will teach people to embrace self expression and explore the boundaries of fashion and makeup. Brant’s example to the world to enjoy the way you express yourself will have far-reaching positive effects for a fashion world starting to grapple with the often harmful effects of gender norms.
Brant’s family gave a statement to the New York Times about his death;”‘We will forever be saddened that his life was cut short by this devastating disease …He achieved a lot in his 24 years, but we will never get the chance to see how much more Harry could have done.’”
People shared this statement from Brant’s family; “‘Harry was not just our son,’ the family’s statement continued, going on to describe him as ‘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,’ the statement said. ‘He was truly a beautiful person inside and out.'”