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May 31, 2019

All The Products Rickey Thompson Must Have

From Balenciaga sneakers to H&M's new Pride collection, Rickey Thompson reveals all of his favorite things.

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Nestled in a moody uniform of a black hoodie, black puffer coat, and black slacks offset with a pair of cream sneakers, Rickey Thompson intently scans the mint blue walls of Montrose Bowl as the thin cloud from a fog machine delicately covers the lanes. 



Sitting on one of the ruby red vinyl chairs that circle the lanes of the historic California bowling alley, the North Carolina–born comedian patiently counts down the swiftly vanishing hours before he hits the set for a milestone career moment — the photo shoot for H&M’s new Stay True Stay You collection to celebrate Pride. 



“This is my very first campaign, so Iʼm super excited,” he says with a grin. “I’m going into here ready to go and Iʼm ready to work. Iʼm ready to be a part of this amazing project and excited to see the outcome of it.”

Rickey engages his over 3.5 million followers on Instagram weekly with empowering videos and photo captions that employ his humor while demanding they give no space to negativity in their lives and instead focus on what makes them great. And his participation in the H&M Pride campaign is a direct extension of his goal to use his gifts of comedy and style to encourage people to stay true to themselves. 



“I feel that every day you should have pride about being different,” he says. “Through my style and my comedy I express myself. Me being unique and different each and every day is the way I showcase who I really am.”

Joining LGBTQ celebrities and influencers Laverne Cox, Chris Lin and Brock Williams of Yummertime, and Shannon Beveridge for the campaign, Rickey admits the importance of the moment isn’t lost on him. 


“Once I got the offer to be a part of this campaign I was so excited because I’ve always wanted to do more stuff with Pride,” he says. “Being able to be paired up with these amazing influencers is so exciting.”

Beyond the opportunity to share frame after frame with a roster of entertainment change makers like himself, Rickey views participating in the campaign as a chance for him to simply celebrate everything that has shaped him into the person he is today. And it’s this unfailing pride in himself that he credits for keeping him encouraged as he continues his journey to fulfill his goals as an entertainer. 


“Just getting up each and every day and being my true self is how I show my pride,” he says. “I’m just focused on staying booked and busy and always just doing me. Iʼm going on auditions trying to be the next big thing.”

But taking on his very first campaign shoot hasn’t been the only creative influence for the comedian recently. And from his love of Balenciaga sneakers to his favorite jewelry brand, Rickey shares some of the items he must have as he continues to keep us laughing and inspired one Instagram post at a time.

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A pair of Balenciaga sneakers and baggy blue jeans so he can make sure his style game is always epic.

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“I love my Balenciaga sneakers. Iʼm trying to get every single color. Itʼs a cute sneaker to have. I also adore my baggy blue jeans that I thrifted years ago that I literally wear almost every single day. Their my favorite type of pants."

Get them from Nordstrom for $995 (available in sizes 7-14 and three colors).

Some gorgeous Chrome Hearts jewelry — like an ID chain bracelet — to keep the grungy vibes going when it comes to his accessories collection.

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“I would say my go-to accessory brand is Chrome Hearts. I love the whole grungy, edgy side it has to it. Itʼs so cute. I have to have accessories. If Iʼm not wearing accessories I feel like I look boring. Iʼve got to have my accessories."

Get the Chrome Hearts ID chain bracelet from The Real Real for $1,345.

You can visit the Chrome Hearts site to see what retailers in you area carry the accessories brand.

A dope piece from the H&M Pride collection — like the vibrant Stay True windbreaker — so he can celebrate the pride he has in himself every day.

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"I show my pride by not trying to be somebody that Iʼm not, not caring about what people think about me, and just keeping my head up and going through the days being proud of who I am.”



Get it from H&M for $69.99 (available in sizes XS-3XL).

10% of the global sales price from the collection will go toward the United Nations' Free & Equal campaign to support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people worldwide.

A bottle of Cetaphil face wash to keep his skin glowing — along with the help of water and staying clear of any unnecessary drama.

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“I wash my face with Cetaphil each and every day, drink water, and stay stress-free. That’s how I keep that popping skin."



Get it from Amazon for $9.52.

A piece from 3.1 Phillip Lim which he considers the perfect luxury investment for his wardrobe.

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“I’ve started getting more into Phillip Lim. I went to his show recently and his line this season was absolutely amazing. So Iʼm definitely going to be shopping from him.” 



Get the 3.1 Phillip Lim shirt from Saks Fifth Avenue for $275 (available in sizes XS-XL and two colors).

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