Courageous Class Spotlight: Gianni Lee


Everyday individuals who confidently overcome life’s challenges to become the inspiring role models they were meant to be. 

Gianni Lee is a multi-disciplinary artist, clothing designer, and music producer from Philadelphia—a city he attributes to shaping his musical and visual palette. With a love for dance music, a distaste for the unoriginal “Top 40” song format, and a strong eye for fashion and visual art, Gianni was inspired to create his own blend of clothing, fashion, and hand-painted artwork.

Here, he answers our Courageous Class questions.

Tell us about your mission in life.

I want to be that guy who makes people think: “Wow, what would the world do without him?” I believe I have a positive effect on the way people process themselves, the people around them, and information.

What was your biggest challenge getting to where you are today?

It was realizing exactly what I am and how I want to be viewed by the world.

What do you hope to achieve by sharing your story with the world?

I hope I can inspire a generation of kids that may not be from the best backgrounds, but can still make the best of their lives by using their brains. Time and time again, we are brainwashed by the media on how to live. Through marketing, advertising, and so much more, we are trained to stay in our circumstances and to become another consumer. We are pushed to spend when we could be learning how to manage money, build our credit, and even start businesses.

What does the word “courageous” mean to you?

It means understanding how important you are to the world and being able to harness that power to do something amazing and original with it.

What’s your proudest moment/biggest achievement?

I don’t have just one proud moment or biggest achievement because I am constantly pushing myself to work harder and achieve more than I did the last time. I don’t like to measure or even spend too much time on what my biggest achievement is. I don’t like to celebrate, as I feel it can be a distraction from progress.

Do you consider yourself to be courageous?

Yes, and that is only because I am not afraid to be myself.

What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Moving out of the hood.

Do you have a personal motto that you live by?

Be yourself and don’t let anybody get in the way of your dreams.