"The Beauty of Being Deaf"

Paying respect to National Deaf History Month and celebrating the beauty within the deaf and hard of hearing communities, New York-based genderless streetwear brand PRIVATE POLICY collaborates with activist, artist, and actor Chella Man to turn his distinctive artwork into ear jewelry designs highlighting the beauty of being deaf.

Launching March 15, 2021, 50% of the profit from pre-ordering will go to the Deaf QueerResource Center, available as limited edition. The campaign video is videographed under water with a full BIPOC deaf community cast wearing the jewelry and using sign language to read a poem, the result is an emotional, breathtaking, and powerful film. This capsule collection has turned Chella’s dream into a reality.

Ever since I was a kid, I had never felt comfortable with the hardware behind my ears because it has always been designed by others and never by me. It never felt or looked like me. Oftentimes, until this day, working as a model, there were shoots in which stylists and photographers have tried to avoid getting my cochlear implants into images rather than accepting them as part of me and amplifying them.

Chella Man

CHELLA MAN is a 22-year-old artist, activist, author, and actor. He identifies Deaf, trans, Jewish, and Chinese. He has given talks all over the country on the intersections of art, disability, queerness, race, and healing, participated in numerous gallery and solo shows, launched a clothing line in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, and was cast as a superhero withinWarner Brother’s DC Universe, Titan’s. In recent news, he has announced his first book, Continuum, to be released this year on June 1st! He hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world. 

RAVEN SUTTON (She/Her) is a Deaf dancer and ASL performer with a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Work from Gallaudet University. Her goal is to develop her own practice as a Dance Therapist for the at-risk youth community. She believes that self-expression plays a valuable part in discovering who you are. She has had the passion of dancing since her early childhood. Her love for music and dancing made her realize that the music industry is not accessible for the Deaf community. As an ASL performer, Raven has gained the platform to spread Deaf Awareness to many of her followers.  Her goal is to be able to work in the music industry as an ASL performer to interpret music and advocate for inclusivity and access.

RAYLY AQUINO is a deaf model, actor, dancer, and writer. He was born in the Dominican Republic and later immigrated to the Bronx. He graduated from Harry S. Truman High School and went on to attend Marymount Manhattan College to study Arts Communication. Rayly later decided to pursue a career in fashion and entertainment, which resulted in him leaving school. Since his career pivot, Rayly has become a stylist working for private clients and luxury retail brands. As a side hustle, Rayly models and has been featured in campaigns such as Nike’s ‘De Lo Mio’ and Ed Hardy ‘Ink Your Story,’ and in magazine publications such as Gay Times and 10 Men. Rayly is passionate about increasing awareness and inclusivity for the disabled community, especially for those who are deaf/hard of hearing. In short, he is a practicing activist and a professional artist. Rayly dreams of hosting a TedTalk to discuss the intersectionality of masculinity and disability.

Anyone is welcome to wear these pieces in respect for the Deaf / hard of hearing community!

Including those, of course, those who do not wear cochlear implants or hearing aids!