The ride out of the gray granite city of Providence, RI and into the emerald green farmland in West Kingstown, RI is transformative. That’s the drive Peter Kenyon took after a life-changing makeover at Chez Moustache. The journey felt symbolic to the life transformative route that he was on.
A seed was planted in the mind of Peter one day when a friend looked at him and said, “You should consider modeling.”
Peter grew up spending most of his time outdoors on his grandfather’s 200-acre dairy farm. His world had always centered on his family, helping on the farm and working a small landscaping business of his own. Though his childhood was wonderful and supportive, Peter felt an itch to break out into something new.
He considered himself the rustic type, and opening up his mind to becoming a different kind of man felt nerve-racking. Nevertheless the modeling idea took root and Peter decided to pursue it with the same work ethic he had been raised with on the farm.
Learning anything new doesn’t come without the jitters and nerves that come from stepping way outside of the proverbial “comfort zone.” Peter said, “It’s always been very supportive around here with my family and the feeling of having a lot of resources. It would be nice to get out and see how I fare and to see where modeling can take me. I would like to meet new people, travel and deal in a whole new arena in life.”
Dealing in a new arena meant making a call to Donahue Models and Talent for help. There he started the process of creating a portfolio and not only transforming his life, but his look.
Donahue Model & Talent Owner and Director Yemi Sekoni said, “He submitted himself to the agency. When I saw the photos I remember thinking ‘diamond in the rough.’ Because he had grown up on a farm, he didn’t grow up with a need to look polished. My first impression was ‘he’s got a lot of hair’ it was just there. But the more we talked the more I thought there was a person underneath that rough exterior that had some potential. But, we do have some work to do to get him from point A to point B.”
Getting Peter to “point B” was the job of Chez Moustache Master Barber Cheryl Dumont. Cheryl said, “This is where the consultation is so critical. I learned that Peter’s mom would give him ‘buzz’ cuts as a child and as his hair would grow it would stick straight out. That helped me make a decision on a style that would work with his hair. I also learned that Peter liked his hair longer. The challenge was to satisfy both Yemi’s need to make Peter look appropriate for modeling gigs and Peter’s desire to keep some length.”
The result pleased both Peter and Yemi. Cheryl said, “Peter’s hair was so long that we felt mid-length would be best to give him two different looks. This was achieved by removing the length off the bottom, keeping the length on the top and using the proper product to style it.”
After a few tips from Cheryl, Peter left the gentleman’s barbershop with a fresh new makeover, and the knowledge of how to transition his look from rustic farmer to coiffed model. Peter’s openness to change presented the opportunity to cultivate his dream with the help of Chez Moustache and Donahue Models & Talent. He climbed into his red pick-up truck and headed out of Providence back to the farm. He looked like a whole new man with a whole new future ahead of him.
Watch a short video of this Chez Moustache makeover here: