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How many young men get to actually marry their dream lover from the poster in their bedroom? Slim to none. But Nick Cannon has continuously defied the odds on his quest to building an empire – marriage to Mariah Carey included. So Bleu Magazine’s decision to celebrate the big man on campus on their latest issue is a pleasant treat.

During the accompanying interview, the mogul in the making discusses the role of family, new business ventures, his ever-changing style, and triumph over his chronic battle with Lupus.

For the shoot, Nick was styled by Nigerian-born Ugo Mozie, whose work has been seen in a number of publications, most notably on Chris Brown. And dare we say it, Nick looks pretty damn dapper.

Check out some excerpts from the interview below.  

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The celeb closet he would raid in a New York minute: 

“Sinatra back in the day had effortless swag, I would snatch everything from that dude’s closet. “

How has life has changed since his Lupus diagnosis: 

“The condition has made me better. I have doctors’ orders to get a certain amount of sleep. I used to go a week or two without sleep, only taking naps. (Nick’s workout involves) It is a lot of stretching and mediating, before I would lift weights. Now it is a total body workout. It is a blood condition and you have to make sure your blood is flowing properly.” 

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How his family influences his personal style: 

“You know my style has to be next level. Even though my gear is crazy, and my wife’s gear is crazy, my kids probably have better style than the both of us. We kind of dictate off of what they wear.”

Discussing his vision for Nick Cannon Ties:

 “I think I can build a real line that people can believe in. The same way they believe in Ralph Lauren.”

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In addition to the cover shoot, Lifestyle publication, Bleu Magazine and Hennessy V.S. partnered with Flatty Fitty, Nivea Men and Tesla Motors to host an exclusive dinner titled “A Few Good Men,” honoring Nick Cannon’s accomplishments and new cover. C.O.D.E. was on the scene to capture the intimate event. Check it out in the video below.

PHOTO CREDIT: BLEU MAGAZINE 

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