Anthony Henderson-Strong, celebrity fashion designer and Daily News Sexy Singles wardrobe consultant, has died at 45
Anthony Henderson-Strong, 45, formerly of Philadelphia, popular and successful celebrity fashion designer, longtime wardrobe consultant for the Daily News’ Sexy Singles event, entrepreneur and gay dad who was featured in the 2015 “Love Has No Labels” ad campaign, died Wednesday, May 11, of lymphoma at Grady Hospital in Atlanta.
Mr. Henderson-Strong grew up in Philadelphia, graduated from Martin Luther King High School in 1995, and fused his fashion instincts and friendly work ethic into a personality that attracted fashion experts and celebrities alike.
He chose clothes for actors, athletes, singers, news anchors, dancers and daters. He created wardrobes for movies and toured with hip-hop star Eve. Following the example of how his mother, Jacquelyn Tolbert-Cooper, dressed him as a child – think five-piece suits – he focused less on labels and more on quality, fit and appropriateness. a fabric for the occasion.
Magazine editors described him as “sweet” and “quick” for his ability to quickly outfit models backstage. Having made national contacts through his regional work with models, he has dressed, among others, singer Kelly Price for the 2012 Grammy Awards, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph of Abbott Elementary, and Marc Lamont Hill, Temple University professor and television personality.
“His identity was Go to Hollywood, the red carpet,” said her husband, Jason Henderson-Strong. “Every part of him was fashionable.”
Mr Henderson-Strong, her husband and their eldest son, Marcelino, appeared in a 2015 advertising campaign for social tolerance by the Ad Council which featured a moving video which attracted 56 million views and follow-up articles in Newsweek , Ebony and other publications. . They met in 2005, married in 2015, and adopted sons Marcelino and Jae’Den and daughter Jaylah.
“It was a moment of bonding our whole family, and with our marriage, it felt like we were really all one family now,” Mr. Henderson-Strong told The Inquirer in 2015.
The partners were good listeners and had pleasant conversations about religion, spirituality, travel and relationships. The family moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 2007 and to Atlanta in 2015.
“He was a loving husband who adored his children,” Jason Henderson-Strong said. “He was humble and always made sure to help others.”
For more than a decade, Mr. Henderson-Strong, expressing his gratitude for his success, mentored others and created showcases for Philadelphia stylists and designers, as well as events to benefit the community of Philadelphia. He has dressed attendees at Daily News Sexy Singles pairing events for years and has been a popular guest at Oscar parties and social gatherings.
He received a 2019 Pennsylvania State Citation for his community service, and his annual Social Cocktail Spring fashion show and Barbers Who Care free back-to-school haircut events have garnered high praise. The “17 Days of…Fashion” that he and the Philadelphia Fashion Consortium hosted — nearly two dozen fashion and charity events over 17 days in Philadelphia — cemented his place in the city’s consciousness.
“Anthony will be truly missed for his talent and dedication to giving back to his community,” a friend said in an online tribute.
Born on February 3, 1977, Mr Henderson-Strong was diagnosed with cancer in April. He was a man of faith who adored his family. He followed the Eagles, read thrillers and loved to watch Oprah and the Housewives television shows.
He was thrilled when the fashion district popped up on Market Street in the city center and often flew from wherever he was to attend events in town.
“He was a caring man,” said his younger sister, Lisa Wilks. “He was always thinking, always planning something.”
Her husband said: “For him, charity started at home. He loved his family and he loved Philadelphia.
Besides his husband, sons, daughter, mother and sister, Mr. Henderson-Strong is survived by other relatives. Her father, Harold Henderson, died on January 12.
Benefits are pending.
Donations in his name may be made to the Los Angeles LGBT Center, 1118 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038.