Brandon Maxwell has described 2019 as the "defining" year of his life and career.
The Texas-born designer has risen up the ranks of the industry in recent years, having served as Lady Gaga's style director since 2012 and founded his own women's ready-to-wear label in 2015.
While Maxwell landed a gig as a judge on Project Runway this year and won Womenswear Designer of the Year at the 2019 CFDA Awards in June, in a new Instagram post, the fashion star admitted he has experienced just as many lows as highs recently.
"I was going to look back and reminisce on some memories that defined the year, but instead I locked myself out of my phone, got on an airplane, breathed in oxygen, and sat with myself for a week... 2019 was the most defining year of all my 35 here on Earth," he wrote. "I've spent a lifetime running from all the ugly things about myself, and this year gave me no other option but to look them dead in the eye. I pushed myself to places unimaginable, I picked myself up off the ground more times than I would like to count, I faced rejection, loss, and fears head on, and as a result I met love with open arms."
Maxwell went on to explain that some of his best moments didn't take place in the spotlight, but when he was on his own and had time to think about his achievements and choices.
And as for the greatest gift he has received, the fashion star insisted it had to be "humanity".
"What I know now is that it's not about the race, it's not about who cheers for you when you're running the fastest, and it's not about the finish line. It's about the person who still loves you when you've fallen and you can't get up, the person who was there all along when you were trying to get someone else's attention, the person that wants nothing from you at all except to see you shine," the 35-year-old added.
To conclude, Maxwell thanked his family, friends, and team for their continuing support.
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