The Ali of the World-Famous “What Ali Wore” Passed Away

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Ali, the Ali of What Ali Wore was a stylish social media influencer. He became a world-famous popular fashion figure thanks to an Australian photographer Zoe Spawton. As the story tells, she moved to Berlin some years ago. Later, Zoe Spawton started to work as a waitress in a regular Berlin cafe, which ignited her admiration for Ali…

Ali Akdeniz, died at 91, is one of the oldest social fashion figures lived in Berlin
Ali Akdeniz, died at 91, is one of the oldest social fashion figures lived in Berlin

The Story of Ali of What Ali Wore

Ali Akdeniz was an elderly Berlin resident who became a social media sensation for his extraordinary stylish and outfit. He died at the age of 91 in the Black Sea province of Trabzon. So, Ali Akdeniz was famous as Star Ali for always dressing well on his way to his tailor shop. Accidentally, an Australian photographer Zoe Spawton discovered him in 2012. Following discovering Akdeniz, Spawton started to upload the man’s photos to her blog “What Ali Wore Today“.

The Australian photographer and blogger Zoe Spawton
The Australian photographer and blogger Zoe Spawton

The Unique Style of Ali

Akdeniz had a unique style that included blue, green, white, and yellow suits, although he also sometimes wore military camouflage or sported athletic clothing and jewelry. Spawton has been sharing Akdeniz’s stylish clothes and some information about him on her blog for three years.

Blog of the Year

The blog won a “blog of the year” award in 2013; one year later, Spawton prepared a book with Akdeniz’s photos. Later on, Ali Akdeniz returned to his hometown of Trabzon in 2016. However, he remained in contact with Spawton, with whom he had become good friends despite the language barrier.

The Star Ali of Berlin
The Star Ali of Berlin

The Death of World’s Oldest Social Media Influencer

On Oct. 14, Spawton received very sad news from the man’s grandchildren. The news was that Akdeniz, one of the world’s older social media influencers, passed away. “It’s hard to believe that this charming man who has one of the best smiles I know is no longer with us. It was one of the most enjoyable surprises of my life. I will miss you, Ali,” the photographer said in a social media post.

So, following his discovery by Spawton, Akdeniz drew the attention of dozens of international newspapers and television stations. Meanwhile, some of those are CNN, Der Spiegel, and The Times.

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