Name: Sean Markey, 15
Location: Dallas, TX
d.RT: What is your go-to outfit if you’re dressing only for yourself ... not the internet, not your peers, not trying to meet anyone else’s expectations?
Sean: Sweatpants and a T-shirt. I will always prioritize being comfortable. I think that's what makes me gravitate to a brand like d.RT.
d.RT: If you could be a hoodie on any person--celebrity, influencer, athlete, whomever—who would if be & why?
Sean: Justin Bieber. I know he is a controversial figure, but you can’t deny that he is great at what he does. Think about it: At some point at least one of his songs is currently on the radio. As a musician myself, I think it would be interesting to see him and his team's process for writing hit pop songs that consistently land at the top of the charts.
d.RT: What aspect of being part of Generation Z are you most proud of? Most scared of?
Sean: I am proud of Gen Z’s progressiveness. However, “cancel culture”—which I think is a powerful tool—also brings up an important question: Is censorship of things and beliefs we don’t agree with ok? At the moment I believe it is used mostly for good, but I think that we have to be careful to not slip into a society where people cannot express their opinions freely—something that has already somewhat begun to happen today.
d.RT: What’s important to you, & why?
Sean: Improving. I strive to make sure I am always improving—both as a person and as an artist.
d.RT: If you could invent a technology to change, cure, or make better any issue facing the world—what would it be?
Sean: Given the opportunity, I would donate all the money I could to help fight climate change—as I feel like the point of no return with it is looming in the not so distant future. I believe that we are currently not doing enough to slow climate change and if we don’t act now that the consequences will be devastating.