Practice what you preach. We expect our leaders—no matter who they are—to maintain certain standards of decency and to uphold the same values they profess to support. Those expectations are very clear when it comes to religious authority figures, whom we hope to be charitable and to focus more on the spiritual rather than the material things in life. Alas!

The ‘Preachers N Sneakers’ Instagram account, run by Dallas-based Ben Kirby, calls out those religious leaders who act like hypocrites by showing how some of them wear extremely expensive designer items. Having amassed a following of 247k followers in two years, Kirby continues to show the dissonance between what preachers, pastors, and priests say and what the details of their clothing reveal about their actual lifestyles.

Bored Panda reached out to Kirby and spoke to him about keeping religious leaders accountable and what keeps his relationship with his faith strong. Be sure to read on for his insights.

When you’re done looking through this list, you’ll find Bored Panda’s earlier article about ‘Preachers N Sneakers’ right over here. Just in case you wanted some more content before your upcoming Sunday service, that is (we sincerely hope your pastor is more down to earth than the ones featured here).

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Old Pic, Timeless Style With Pastor John Gray In The Supreme X Louis V Jacquard Denim Parka $9,625

Old Pic, Timeless Style With Pastor John Gray In The Supreme X Louis V Jacquard Denim Parka $9,625

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Logically Reasonable
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1 month ago

To hell with the poor and suffering!! It's all about the greed!!!

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Hillsong Teaching Pastor Nathan Finochio Bringing It At #colourconf 2019 In Some Ferociously Fab Tiger Slides. Gucci Slipper $1,100

Hillsong Teaching Pastor Nathan Finochio Bringing It At #colourconf 2019 In Some Ferociously Fab Tiger Slides. Gucci Slipper $1,100

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Soggy Crumpet
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1 month ago

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Hillsong is a music group that sells a lot of music. I see nothing wrong with this

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#3

Mosaic Mexico Pastor Emerson Nowotny Keepin The Tide Pen Handy While Rocking This Super Fresh Supreme X Louis V Tee $1,407

Mosaic Mexico Pastor Emerson Nowotny Keepin The Tide Pen Handy While Rocking This Super Fresh Supreme X Louis V Tee $1,407

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am_c0m0
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1 month ago

A T-shirt that costs $1400!! Geez, I'm really out of touch with how much designer stuff costs. Probably cause I can't afford them.

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Kirby told Bored Panda that we ought to encourage faith leaders to surround themselves with people who can be honest with them about their actions. "Many churches today are led by one pastor couple with no elders or leadership team on the same level, that’s asking for trouble. Being a pastor is a tough job; it’s an immense calling to lead others spiritually. Why wouldn’t you put as many safeguards in place to help you stay above reproach?"

According to the founder of 'Preachers N Sneakers,' if you're an active member of your local church and you donate to the ministry, it's fine to ask questions about how the organization is "saving, spending, and giving that money." Kirby is a big believer in transparency and thinks that it's a good way to maintain a strong relationship between parishioners and the clergy.

"If you ask about finance specifics and get a wishy-washy answer with no real reporting, you should ask yourself why," he said. "On a more macro level, I think a time is coming where massive church organizations will at least be required to provide more detailed financial reporting to the government or some other governing authority. So many churches have enormous donation revenues (hundreds of millions of dollars), commercial real estate holdings, and licensing income that seemingly have no reporting requirements compared to a for-profit business."

#4

Pastor Mike Todd Staying Anchored In The Balenciaga Triple S $1,090

Pastor Mike Todd Staying Anchored In The Balenciaga Triple S $1,090

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Kookamunga
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1 month ago

Sir, it is clear to your followers that you cannot walk on water.

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#5

Prophet Bryan Maldonado Keepin That King Jesus International 501c3 Status Intact In The Royal Blue Lv Runners $1,020

Prophet Bryan Maldonado Keepin That King Jesus International 501c3 Status Intact In The Royal Blue Lv Runners $1,020

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Dan Buczynski
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1 month ago

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Jesus won what now? Last I checked, his daddy's a loser.

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#6

If Retail On The Kicks You’re Wearing Is $2k And The Resale Market Is Paying $8-9k, What Are Your Shoes Worth? Jordan 1 Retro High Dior $8,100

If Retail On The Kicks You’re Wearing Is $2k And The Resale Market Is Paying $8-9k, What Are Your Shoes Worth? Jordan 1 Retro High Dior $8,100

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Young Minami Kotaro
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1 month ago (edited)

It's just ironic.. is this normal? I'm muslim & have no idea why do these preachers/pastors can live in luxury? Are they given more than enough wages from the church or from ur government? Can anyone explain it to me?

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
1 month ago

They don't get wages from their denomination or government. All their money is from the poor suckers who they trick into sending it to them. These assholes tell their followers that God will bless them if they donate money, and more blessing for more money.

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HooowlAtTheMoon
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1 month ago

Honestly though, who is willing to pay 8k for a pair of shoes that you'll probably either grow out of or ruin?

DetongLhamo
Community Member
1 month ago

Nike: the company that put together shoes for Jay Z made of Alligator, Ostrich and ELEPHANT HIDE. Sickening.

mckenna kelly
Community Member
1 month ago

people with big names and personality usually get asked to and get paid to wear their products out and about and on tv. just like the over paid athletes wear expensive products and get paid to do it.

Jette Wang Wahnon
Community Member
1 month ago

This post from yourdestinychurch is down right EVIL ! Bleeding the congregation dry and wearing 8.000$ sneakers...

Linda Niemczyk
Community Member
1 month ago

God loves you. Now send me all your money.

Tom Susala
Community Member
2 weeks ago

How does financing Joel Osteen's Ferrari or, buying Creflo Dollar a 747 get me into heaven?

Karen Lyon
Community Member
1 month ago

That is almost what I make in a month with my teaching job -- before taxes. OMG.

SF Angel
Community Member
1 month ago

Is he a boxer? Is he a Pastor? Is he a blatant fraud? The world may never know

Geordie Insomniac
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1 month ago

I can't see the difference in wearing those and the ones I'd buy on the high street for like £20.

Deal _Anneal
Community Member
1 month ago

i low key like those!

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

He will also take your money willingly.....all of it!

Caroline Seguin
Community Member
1 month ago

This is insane

Znaya
Community Member
1 month ago

In order for me to get those sneakers God himself would have to give me a 4th key position in my life

Tami
Community Member
1 month ago

If there's to be a second coming, now is a good time.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 month ago

Those are hideous

catherine todd
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

This is the craziest of all. Keep 'em poverty stricken buying whatever is "cool" and "ridiculously expensive" at the moment, so they don't learn to do real business, save money, buy stocks, make investments, start making real money and calling the shots. Jay-Z learned how and the rest of these idiots need to follow HIM, not "fashion" rip-offs. Ridiculous!

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
1 month ago

What a disgrace and a con.

Doctor Strange
Community Member
1 month ago

These shoes are so cool

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Kirby added that with the advent of the pandemic, the account's content has changed "significantly" with remote services taking the place of physically going to church.

We also enquired about what keeps Kirby's faith strong and whether his project has changed anything. "My relationship with Jesus, my wife, and my community has helped keep my faith strong. Getting insults from other Christians for two years didn’t exactly make me feel great, but it caused me to really dig into why I believe what I believe and learn to place my worth in what God says about me and not what others have to say," he revealed.

"I’ll just say that I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help others push for a more authentic faith and representation of Jesus to the outside world. I didn’t do this in a perfect way and definitely don’t have all the answers, but am trying my best."

#7

Here Is A Supreme Beach Ball, $125

Here Is A Supreme Beach Ball, $125

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Kookamunga
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1 month ago

Someone. Spent. $125. On. A. Beach. Ball.

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#8

Pastor Troy Gramling Back At It Again With The Super Breathable Givenchy Hoodie $1,240

Pastor Troy Gramling Back At It Again With The Super Breathable Givenchy Hoodie $1,240

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Dan Buczynski
Community Member
1 month ago

You have to be out of your mind to spend that on a friggin' hoodie. Period. All of this stuff on this list...they're not just @$$holes, they're foolish. Preying on the...ah, forget it...they're just @$$holes.

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#9

Jordan 1 Retro High $4,005

Jordan 1 Retro High $4,005

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Logically Reasonable
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1 month ago

Just goes to show you how ignorant and stupid the sheeples are.

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Kirby, now 31, first decided to draw attention to how famous pastors live after watching some worship songs on YouTube and noticing how the lead singer was wearing 800-dollar sneakers. He found it suspicious how the Elevation Worship megachurch could afford to pay their musicians that much money. What’s more, he started wondering how the church’s pastor, Steven Furtick, could afford new designer outfits incredibly often.

Curiosity didn’t kill the cat; it started a new Instagram account that posted the price tags of the shoes that well-known pastors were wearing. In a single month, the IG account drew in a whopping 100k followers, hungry for gossip and righteousness.

In an interview with Sarah Pulliam Bailey from The Washington Post, Kirby said that at the very beginning, it was “easy” for him to make jokes about it. “Some of the outfits are absurd, so it’s easy to laugh at some of the designer pieces. The price tags are outlandish.”

#10

Pastor Maldonado Stayin Ricci In Good Works While Sporting The Primo Belt Of Truth. Stefano Ricci Belt $2,541

Pastor Maldonado Stayin Ricci In Good Works While Sporting The Primo Belt Of Truth. Stefano Ricci Belt $2,541

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Linda HS
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't believe people are so dumb to listen/ follow these kind of people...Oh, wait! They are dumb!!! They are supporting these people with money and attention and more money🤦

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#11

Y’all Busting These Out If Your Family Gettin The Inaug? Jordan 1 Retro High Dior $7,210

Y’all Busting These Out If Your Family Gettin The Inaug? Jordan 1 Retro High Dior $7,210

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Gogamash
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1 month ago

I wouldn t buy this overpriced crap, even if I had tons of money

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#12

Pastor John Gray With Relentless Details! Givenchy Sweatshirt $1,145

Pastor John Gray With Relentless Details! Givenchy Sweatshirt $1,145

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 month ago

I think they do this to show off and rub it in the faces of the congregation.

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As time went by, he began asking some more in-depth questions about the relationship between status and wealth, and whether it was right to earn so much money while preaching about Jesus. “I began asking, how much is too much? Is it okay to get rich off of preaching about Jesus? Is it okay to be making twice as much as the median income of your congregation?” he said.

Kirby had kept his true identity a secret, however, he finally shared it with The Washington Post after publishing his new book, ‘PreachersNsneakers: Authenticity in an Age of For-Profit Faith and (Wannabe) Celebrities.’ Having grown up in a Christian home-schooling family, Kirby is an evangelical and believes in sharing his faith with others.

His family generously donated to their church because they lived a “comfortable but modest lifestyle,” however, Kirby began having doubts about how honest some religious authorities were after he saw his pastor driving an expensive car.

#13

Flannel But Make It Fashun. Gucci Jacket $2,580

Flannel But Make It Fashun. Gucci Jacket $2,580

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 month ago

He makes it look lame AF

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#14

Pastor Furtick With The Fully-Realized Adam-And-Yves Saint Laurent Blessings On Feet $1,095

Pastor Furtick With The Fully-Realized Adam-And-Yves Saint Laurent Blessings On Feet $1,095

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Logically Reasonable
Community Member
1 month ago

If your religious leaders are NOT living in a modest home, driving a cheap vehicle, and wearing cheap off the rack clothes, and preaching from a simple, cheap building..........they only thing they are worshipping is money!!!

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#15

We’re One Week In And Bishop Td Jakes Has Already Secured The Bag To Secure A Bag. Christian Louboutin Belt Bag $1,250

We’re One Week In And Bishop Td Jakes Has Already Secured The Bag To Secure A Bag. Christian Louboutin Belt Bag $1,250

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Tonibubu
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, at least it’s got Christian in the name.

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#16

Pastor Judah (Smith) And The Lion Of All Gucci Jackets. $3,600

Pastor Judah (Smith) And The Lion Of All Gucci Jackets. $3,600

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Bananic
Community Member
1 month ago

am starting to wonder whether its mandatory dresscode to giveout speach

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#17

The Lord Works In Mysterious Color Combinations. Lv Sweatshirt $725, Air Force 1 Sneakers $1,145

The Lord Works In Mysterious Color Combinations. Lv Sweatshirt $725, Air Force 1 Sneakers $1,145

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I Drink Lava Lamps
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is there a zip tie and tag on the shoes?

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#18

Here’s A Fendi Hoodie $1,290

Here’s A Fendi Hoodie $1,290

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Logically Reasonable
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1 month ago

The only UNITY this con-artist wants is YOUR money in HIS bank account!!

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“Like Hollywood—a world so often criticized by the pietistic—these institutions and their leaders celebrate and reward the ‘blessing’ of fame, popularity, and influence. Pastors function like ‘talent’ performing for an audience or like a spokesman for the church’s ‘brand,’” Kirby scathingly criticizes the hypocrisy that’s found among the ranks of some of the devout in his book.

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Transformation Church Pastors Mike Todd And Charles Metcalf Rocking Their Conference-Best At Transformation Conference. Nike Air Fear Of God 1, $1500

Transformation Church Pastors Mike Todd And Charles Metcalf Rocking Their Conference-Best At Transformation Conference. Nike Air Fear Of God 1, $1500

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Logically Reasonable
Community Member
1 month ago

Look at that pompous douchebag! Wow. And the stupid fuktards of the world keep dumping their wallets into his bank account!

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#20

Pastor Troy (Gramling) Likes His Tees The Same Way He Likes His Digiorno: Supreme. $1,550

Pastor Troy (Gramling) Likes His Tees The Same Way He Likes His Digiorno: Supreme. $1,550

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henlo
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1 month ago

why are supreme items so expencive

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#21

Pastor Jimmy Rollins In The Union Air Jordan 1s And The Crease That Surpasses All Understanding, $1,250

Pastor Jimmy Rollins In The Union Air Jordan 1s And The Crease That Surpasses All Understanding, $1,250

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Chik Nuggs
Community Member
1 month ago

why didn't he get the crease protectors he needs prayer for that

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It’s not just what pastors and preachers officially earn. They can get the kicks, clothes, and other things as gifts or donations. Kirby, however, hasn’t lost his faith and doesn’t blame fashion and celebrities as a whole. He encourages other Christians to demand greater transparency and accountability.

“I’m getting people to question the status quo within the church and hopefully push for a reevaluation of what we value. People aren’t going to reach God without this guy wearing Yeezys? Come on,” he told The Washington Post.

#22

Prophet Passion Java With Those Subtle Gucci Vibes. $1,850

Prophet Passion Java With Those Subtle Gucci Vibes. $1,850

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Cori
Community Member
1 month ago

That entire outfit is tacky as hell and just generally painful to look at.

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#23

In Honor Of Serena Williams Crushing It In The Us Open Right Now, Here Is Pastor Crank In The Nike X Off White Blazer Serena. $1,050

In Honor Of Serena Williams Crushing It In The Us Open Right Now, Here Is Pastor Crank In The Nike X Off White Blazer Serena. $1,050

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Thera Peoples
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1 month ago

Also look at the belt.

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#24

2020: Year Of The Bargain. Alexander Mcqueen Sneakers, $960

2020: Year Of The Bargain. Alexander Mcqueen Sneakers, $960

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Logically Reasonable
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1 month ago

I would expect bugs to be crawling on a pile of sh*t!!

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Preachers N Sneakers. Versace Sneakers, $995

Preachers N Sneakers. Versace Sneakers, $995

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M O'Connell
Community Member
1 month ago

If it weren't for the shoes I would have expected this look to have come from the dumpster behind Goodwill.

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#26

Pastor Emerson Nowotny In The Fear Of God Awolnation Colorway. Air Fear Of God 1, $750

Pastor Emerson Nowotny In The Fear Of God Awolnation Colorway. Air Fear Of God 1, $750

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Tenley Samson
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1 month ago

ok those are kind of untastful

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#27

Preachers N Sneakers. Amiri Boots, $1,490

Preachers N Sneakers. Amiri Boots, $1,490

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Tenley Samson
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1 month ago

:O i like those i like those a whole lot

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#28

Pastor Keion With Some Classic Burberry Blessings. $690

Pastor Keion With Some Classic Burberry Blessings. $690

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Tenley Samson
Community Member
1 month ago

ok... this one isnt that bad. it looks like a really nice sweater and clothes are expensive. i think he just dressed up in what he thought was nice in order to give a speach

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#29

Pastor Rich Dub In The Sean Dub’s. Nike Air Max Sneakers, $1,045

Pastor Rich Dub In The Sean Dub’s. Nike Air Max Sneakers, $1,045

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CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

And people keep giving and giving. These men are just awful, and make me sick to my stomach

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#30

This, Right Here, Is My, Multi-Site Swag Ayye. Burberry Hoodie, $770

This, Right Here, Is My, Multi-Site Swag Ayye. Burberry Hoodie, $770

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Chik Nuggs
Community Member
1 month ago

john grey is a friggin cheater

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