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Adam Selman

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What is your ideal office?

Halston’s former office. I read that he installed floor-to-ceiling mirrored doors, to match the walls, so that he could have a 360 view of the city buildings through his floor-to-ceiling glass windows. GLAM.


What is your preferred mode of transportation?

I wish I had a witty answer, like time travel or light-speed teleportation, but I’ll stick to a bike. I like a bike.


What’s the last thing that made you sweat?

Barry’s Bootcamp—I’m obsessed. I try and go five times a week. I’ve also been into Tone House and Rumble. I need people to yell at me to get me to workout—I respond to that.


Who is the first musician you idolized?

Growing up we weren’t allowed to listen to secular music, so it was very wholesome. I really had a deep obsession with the Supremes and more importantly Jean Terrell who took Diana’s spot in the group after she went solo. I went to the original recording studio—a house in Detroit where Motown started—and even made a corn portrait of Jean Terrell, and quilted potholders featuring Mary, Diana and Flo.


Where is the greatest place you have ever swum?

In the ocean in Barbados, behind the house that Oprah rents when she visits—it’s a long story, I don’t want to get into it.


What is the last living thing you fell in love with?

Remember me talking about Barry’s Bootcamp? Well one of the instructors... I can’t remember which one, but he definitely yelled loud, made me sweat, and did some major squats in front of me that made me fall hard.


What body part of yours would you have cast in bronze?

My hand, holding Dolly Parton’s hand. Think of how much time I would get to spend with her.


What is one of your favorite patterns at the moment?

Stars, stripes, and bandanas always and forever. You can never go wrong.


What disgusts you?

The sound of the saxophone, unless it’s being played by an older woman in a church.


What track will you always dance to?

“Everybody Everybody” by Black Box.


Who brings you to your knees?

The older woman in the church (the one with the saxophone).


You wake up in jail—how’d you end up here?

I stole the TV.


What would you like your epitaph to read?

He sat at the welcome table.

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