Holloway: Not a fashion blogger

Posted May 30, 2013
Updated May 31, 2013

— In what has to be the oddest story yet of this session, Rep. Bryan Holloway, R-Stokes, says he is not the author of a preppy menswear blog titled "WASP 101." 

In a story posted Thursday on the fashion blog "Ivy Style," Huffington Post style writer Christian Chensvold claims he was contacted by an anonymous source who said "Richard," the main blogger at long-running menswear blog WASP 101, is actually Holloway. 

Chensvold points out a number of similarities and coincidences between the writer and the politician.

Both have a dachshund named Governor. Both work in North Carolina politics. Their ages are the same, as are their birthdays, and Richard is Holloway's middle name.

Chensvold also points out that photos of the second writer on the blog, "Kipp," bear a strong resemblance to Holloway's legislative assistant. 

Other fashion sites picked up Chesvold's story Thursday afternoon.

Coincidences aside, Holloway says, it's not his blog.

Reached by phone, Holloway said he hadn't returned Chensvold's calls because he had no idea what the caller was talking about, and he had been in budget meetings all day. He's one of the House budget chairmen. 

"We've had all kinds of strange phone calls," he laughed. 

Asked why someone would accuse him of authoring the fashion blog, Holloway said he didn't know. "I guess I'm just his victim of the day," he said. 

Chesvold claims the WASP 101 blog was taken down after his story was posted, then restored as an invitation-only blog. A related Tumblr page also appears to have been taken down. 

Various pages of the blog are still publicly available at the Internet Wayback Machine. (Please note: some archived posts contain mature content.)


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  • vivianfulk Jun 5, 2013

    Oh it is him! His dog tags tell the story. Bless his heart. Distracted from budget that closes out health care for the poor?

  • vivianfulk Jun 2, 2013

    Here is an example of how Bryan Holloway is NOT a representative of the people but shows his true meaning in using WASP 101 handle as being a bigot.
    Go to minute marker 15:00. This is a legit documentary with over 100,000 viewings. His home town is caught up in a law suit with the AU and ACLU all due to WASP 101 thinking. This really is a serious finding! Intimidation by an elected official is more than a distasteful fashion faux pas.


  • Prestige Worldwide May 31, 2013

    It's clear that Holloway was/is the blogger. Google it, or look it up on Twitter-someone (besides the initial whistle blower) has photos showing that Holloway has the same watch, shoes, front stoop, suit, wife, and assistant as the blogger.

  • tbraynyc May 31, 2013

    A Huffington Post contributor who hasn't worked in months and is trying to boost visits to his web page to fight off losing ad content is the source for this story. Ho hum.

  • makemyday May 31, 2013

    WOW BIG NEWS!!!!

  • ezLikeSundayMorning May 31, 2013

    I don't care if he is the author and I don't care if he wants to deny it. If I wrote something as a personal hobby and being anonymouse allowed me to express myself; I'd deny it was me, too.

  • chivegas May 31, 2013

    So I guess the Huffpost believes that every parody poster is actually that person. Because no one lies on the internet...

    In actuality, there's probably some GOP hater behind it, who thinks it's hilarious to make this Holloway guy look like he's running a fashion blog. The only story here is that some media outlets actually think this *is* real. But hey, who likes reality?

  • ncsislamesauce May 31, 2013

    Yet another slow news day article. Yawn.

  • ncsislamesauce May 31, 2013

    So you support liars?

    I will answer that when you can prove he is lying beyond a shadow of a doubt.

  • mayhem May 31, 2013

    "More drivel from the 24/7 entertainment medium that holds itself out to be an actual news source."


    When did Fox News pick up the story?