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Parker Kit Hill Dazed 100

Parker Kit Hill on Oprah, Broad City, and being Prom King

The viral video maker and model takes the Dazed 100 pop quiz – get to know them here

The Dazed 100 is back, but not as you know it. For 2020, we’ve partnered with Converse to spotlight not only 100 of the world’s most creative, outspoken, and passionate next-gen names, but also their creative and philanthropic ideas. Explore the list, and you’ll find 100 manifestos to create, inspire, connect, and power change. 

While taking the Dazed 100 pop quiz, Parker Kit Hill revealed that Oprah Winfrey is their ultimate muse – and it’s not hard to see why that might be. Much like Winfrey, the New Yorker has many strings to their bow, counting model, actor, artist, and dancer amongst their list of talents. When they aren’t starring in fashion campaigns and turning out stunning looks on their Instagram, Hill can be found listening to Beyoncé or writing in their dream journal. Find out what else makes them tick by reading the rest of the quiz below, and don’t forget to head here to vote for their Dazed 100 idea (a fashion film that they plan to single-handedly edit, style, and cast. No biggie).

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Parker Kit Hill: I really wanted to be a car designer. I love drawing, I love concept cars, and that was something I was very interested in. But it didn’t happen because I was really bad at math.

What clique were you in in high school?

Parker Kit Hill: I really wasn’t a part of any kind of clique in high school. I was friends with everyone. When I graduated, I ended up becoming Homecoming King and Prom King. So, that’s a little thing that people don’t know! 

Who gave you your first break?

Parker Kit Hill: Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer gave me my first break in Broad City in 2017, I think. And it was honestly iconic because they just sent me a DM being like, ‘Hi! We wanna meet you!’ I went and met them maybe a few days after. Then I found out that I was written up in the show and I was gonna be on Broad City. Iconic! It was one of my first times being on the big screen like that and it was really cool. I loved it. 

Why do you do what you do?

Parker Kit Hill: So, the reason why I do what I do is because I see posting on social media as an artistic outlet for myself, and I’m kind of able to just do whatever. Whether it be showcasing my knack for fashion or me and my love (of) design, or comedy, or just anything else. My love for music; my love for dance – I can just show all of it at once. It’s like one huge platter. I do (this) because I want to inspire others to have fun online and show all the things they love. 

What does community mean to you?

Parker Kit Hill: To me, community means that everyone is there for one another. It’s one of the most basic things that you should have in a community. We should all be able to share our ideas with one another and learn how to grow as one.

How does your community inspire your creativity?

Parker Kit Hill: Being surrounded by like-minded individuals in my community helps me to see that anything is possible if you can see your peers working towards their goals in a positive way. Period! 

What issues are you most passionate about?

Parker Kit Hill: There’s a lot of issues. I hate ‘hate’. I want that to go away. I wish for universal healthcare in America. I want student loan forgiveness to be a thing, because so many people are struggling with that, especially my generation. (Also), bigotry: done with that. I want everyone in America to have a home, that’s something that is very important. Homelessness is a big thing in America and in the world. That’s something I want to get fixed. We have all these rich people in the world who could just fix everything. But they always depend on the ‘smaller people’ to do the work, when they have the tools to do everything. Also, I wanna help queer youth find their light; I don’t want the queer community to feel that they are lesser than. 

Who do you think is making real change in the world?

Parker Kit Hill: Oprah! And that’s that. 

If you were in charge for a day, what law would you invent?

Parker Kit Hill: Having a home is a human right – it’s a basic human right. That should be a law. Everyone deserves a home. Period! 

Explain your Dazed 100 grant idea in one sentence? 

Parker Kit Hill: Shoes should not have a gender. 

Why should people support your idea?

Parker Kit Hill: Because everything that I do, I do for you, the people. And that’s it. 

“I wanna help queer youth find their light; I don’t want the queer community to feel that they are lesser than” – Parker Kit Hill

When do you feel most creative?

Parker Kit Hill: I feel the most creative whenever I find myself searching for new things. 

How do you get over an artistic block?

Parker Kit Hill: (This question) is really hard for me because I feel like I always find myself in some sort of block. But what I have to do in those moments is just kind of relax, take a step back, go back to all the things I know, and process what it is that I’m wanting to do. Sometimes I just ‘ping’ off my old ideas and try and reshape them and make them into something new. But I still try to stay very true to myself and my artistic identity. 

Name three things that inspire you?

Parker Kit Hill: Colours, music, and ballet. Boom! 

What’s the best concert you’ve ever seen?

Parker Kit Hill: Oh my goodness. Beyoncé and Jay Z, On The Run Tour II. Iconic. I had front row seats, it was the best concert ever. I didn’t really have my phone out that much, I just wanted to look at Beyoncé – her face! – and sing music with her. It was such an amazing experience because I have loved Beyoncé for so long  – also Jay Z. But (mostly) Beyoncé. I was so blessed because I got to go to the concert with Ivy Park. They invited a few people from New York to go to the concert in New Jersey – I would relive that day over and over again if I could. 

If you could own one piece of art, what would it be?

Parker Kit Hill: We Share Our Chemistry With The Stars by Marc Quinn. It’s this huge eye that is just plastered on a wall. I really want that art piece, it’s so beautiful. Look it up! 

What’s the last thing you made?

Parker Kit Hill: The last thing that I made was ground Beyond Meat. 

What’s a lesson that you learned the hard way?

Parker Kit Hill: Not to go back to the things that constantly bring you stress and hurt you. Because if you do, then you are hindering yourself. Once you figure (this) out, it’s going to help you grow tremendously. 

Which fictional character do you most identify with?

Parker Kit Hill: Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen

What’s your secret talent?

Parker Kit Hill: That I love to sing! Maybe I’ll post a video of me soon, I don’t know… But I have a lot of friends who know that I can sing.

What’s overrated?

Parker Kit Hill: Plastic.

What’s underrated?

Parker Kit Hill: Following your gut, or your intuition. 

What keeps you motivated?

Parker Kit Hill: The future. 

Which film do you never get bored of?

Parker Kit Hill: The entire Harry Potter series. 

What song is stuck in your head right now?

Parker Kit Hill: Backyard by Natasha Bedingfield. 

What are you embarrassed to admit?

Parker Kit Hill: That I sleep with a (soft toy) Elmo every night. I need Elmo and I love Elmo a lot.

What did you dream last night?

Parker Kit Hill: My dreams are always crazy, I have a huge dream journal, (but) I’m gonna shorten this dream… Basically, I went to Mars and Mars had been colonised by humans; the humans had been there for years and I was late to the party. It was fully developed; it looked just like New York. There was full infrastructure and everything. It was cute. 

“Basically, I went to Mars and Mars had been colonised by humans; the humans had been there for years and I was late to the party. It was fully developed; it looked just like New York. There was full infrastructure and everything. It was cute” – Parker Kit Hill

What piece of clothing means the most to you?

Parker Kit Hill: This beautiful green trench coat that I got from a thrift store in Texas. It means a lot to me because my mom got it for me. It’s one of the first things she bought me and we didn’t really have money at the time. Now, I have it embroidered with my initials and I have a huge piece of art (drawn) on the back that is a diagram of an ‘emotional spiral’.

What’s the last lie that you told?

Parker Kit Hill: The last lie that I told someone is that I will FaceTime them later. 

What advice would you give your past self?

Parker Kit Hill: Don’t second guess. 

What’s your favourite slang phrase?

Parker Kit Hill: Yes Quing!

What’s your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Parker Kit Hill: Watching luxury handbag hauls on YouTube. 

What will the world look like in 2050?

Parker Kit Hill: It will be clean (and) easy to understand. Full of nature; artwork everywhere; people dressed in genderless fashion. Technology will be of abundance and it will bridge all of the crazy gaps in our society. 

What’s a misconception people often have about you?

Parker Kit Hill: That I am not intelligent… Until I speak. 

What book changed your life?

Parker Kit Hill: The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 

Which living person do you most admire and why?

Parker Kit Hill: Oprah. Oprah, Oprah, Oprah. Because she’s one of the most iconic people. I see myself in her; I wanna be like Oprah. I love how she is a therapist, but also a philanthropist – she can do everything. I wanna be her, I wanna meet her, I wanna be her friend, and I want her to be my friend. We love Oprah. 

“I wanna be her, I wanna meet her, I wanna be her friend, and I want her to be my friend. We love Oprah” – Parker Kit Hill

What song hits you the hardest?     

Parker Kit Hill: The Cure by India Irie. 

Thank y’all! 

Head here to vote for Parker Kit Hill’s idea on the 2020 Dazed 100.