In 3D - Tributes to Dexter Pottinger - Pt. 3

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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Dexter was a man of many evolutions. One who was perpetually in waiting for his next trend, hobby, fad, professional facet. He embarked on and excelled at an array of creative endeavours. From dancer to model, to fashion designer, to make-up artist, to hairstylist, to fashion stylist, to talent scout and agent to video director, and to creative director. He was poised to wear and undoubtedly rock the hat of professional photographer next.

— wardrobe stylist and film/television/ music video producer Tamo Ennis

So sad! Dexter's first dance class was with the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble. He was a dramatic, well-poised and a determined youth, ready to take on the world and not afraid of challenges. This charismatic soul would suggest roles within the choreographic works that would give him a solo or highlight him in some way... standing out as a soloist. He soon started helping with teaching dance classes to the juniors and 'meddling' in designing costumes. He had access to the fabrics at the workshop and would often be seen cutting and assembling designs. I remember once designing body suits for the dancers and Dexter decided to improve on the designs. This improvement consisted of spray painting graphics on the unitards. Upon my inspection, the unitards did not need the bodies to be erect, because he had used the wrong spray and they were all standing bone stiff by themselves... Sigh! That was Dexter, never afraid of challenges and moving from one project to another, trying to conquer the world. Yes, it is sad to see one who had so much more to offer leave us so soon, but he will never be forgotten. Rest well, my well. Love, Dr MoniKa Lawrence and your Stella family

—Stella Maris Dance Ensemble Artistic Director Dr MoniKa Lawrence

Wow, this one is really hard! Some of the best people are always taken away from you, and Dexter happens to be one of them. I remember my little brother to be one of the realest and loving human beings you could find. He was always on the move whether on a photo shoot, fashion show, shopping, partying, you name it... he was on it. There was never a dull moment with my little bro. I am happy to have had the opportunity to watch him grow into a humble, talented, strong and gifted human being. One's life should not have been taken the way his life was. I'm happy to have shared lots of love and laughter with Dexter and a lot of projects that we did together. He's gone but will never be forgotten. RIP, Dexter. It's so hard to say goodbye.

—House of Neahlis fashion designer and hairstylist Lisa McIntosh Aris

Two things I remember off the top of my head is you being happy about when you got to work with Vogue, and buying your house. Words cannot express my love for you. Can't believe you're gone.

— recording artiste and Bigga brand ambassador Tifa

I am so sad that my good friend and protégé Dexter Pottinger was murdered in his home in Jamaica on August 29, 2017. I met Dexter as a 17-year-old model through Deiwght Peters' Saint International Model Management. I was hired to develop the new SI model's portfolios, as well as groom them for international careers as models. Dexter was strong, handsome and had a magnetic personality. He had such an interesting look and the coolest vibe. As Dexter transitioned from modelling to fashion styling and design he asked me to mentor him. I trained him in the art of styling, hair and make-up. He had a natural flair for beauty and a sharp style aesthetic. I shared with him some of the secrets of working with beautiful and talented women. Most importantly, I shared with Dexter the secrets of how to create “The Look.” Also, I helped transform Dexter into the man about town that he became. As a fashion personality, we must always dress and look elegant at all times. We are walking advertisements for our industries. People must see you as a fashionista. When someone sees you, they must know that we are chic stylists. One thing I can say about Pottinger, is that he was a quick study and I rarely had to tell him something twice. He just got it and got it quick. His star began to shine brightly.

I opened my home in NYC to Dexter and he made many trips to New York throughout the years. Often, he came to New York for shopping sprees with the intention of building a wardrobe. My home was his home. I oversaw several of the Saint International Model careers throughout the years including: Nakesha Robinson, Canise Jackson, Jotasha, Tafari Hines, and more. But Dexter was different. He was on his way to becoming a great international stylist. I introduced him to the fashion scene in New York and had Pottinger sit front-row at fashion shows at New York Fashion Week. Not only did Dexter accompany me to several seasons of New York Fashion Week, but he assisted me on many jobs, both in Jamaica and in New York. As his career blossomed, I orchestrated photo shoots for Dexter and documented him as a new celebrity stylist and fashion personality. I set up photo shoots with photographer Ron Contarsy and assisted him in creating press kits and visual content for the media. Soon after, Pottinger's fashion career exploded! I was so excited when he told me that he was able to style Rihanna for her Man Down music video featured on her Loud CD.

His celebrity grew to meteoric heights in Jamaica as he became a fashion, beauty and style expert. Before my eyes, Dexter Pottinger became “the man about town... the “It Guy” as he dazzled fans and friends with his unique sense of style. From blonde and red beards to popping, eye-catching ensembles, Dexter understood how to dress for success. Dexter was a generous being who never said a negative comment towards anyone. He possessed that special nurturing quality that you cannot teach. He had the innate ability to make everyone around him look and feel beautiful. Matter of fact, he made women look fierce as he transformed each of his subjects into goddesses.

Dexter only saw the good in people and I believe that is why he was so kind to bail out the man who eventually would murder him. I am devastated that this beautiful individual was senselessly murdered. There will never be another individual who will be as courageous as Dexter Pottinger. There will never be another individual who was as passionate about their career as Dexter Pottinger was. There will never be another individual who made people feel like they were special like Dexter Pottinger did. There will never be another Dexter “3D” Pottinger. He was my protégé, my proudest mentee and he was my hero! I will love Dexter Pottinger forever and miss him dearly.

— America's Next Top Model & Celebrity Stylist Ty-Ron Mayes






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