It doesn't take a PhD in psychology to understand why fashion and identity are really linked. When we can’t control how others perceive us – a basic fact of life – what we wear, how we do our hair and makeup, and how we present ourselves to the world are the elements that we controlled, and we think there's a lot of consolation there. Incidentally style is the lens through which many, including the LGBTQ + community were first able to explore and express their identity.
In honor of that exploration, we sat down with five creative creations whose résumés cover everything from fashion design to artwork to generally fantastic on platforms like TikTok . Ahead, hear from them about their personal style journeys, be inspired by their aesthetics, and check out the fashion star sale they are shopping for today. Although we’re celebrating Pride Month today let’s make it clear that bad styles and stories aren’t limited to one month – it’s a year -round kind of thing.
What does it mean to you to be part of the LGBTQ +community?
For me, being part of this beautiful community is part of a family that is only available to you. And as you grow up, you learn that not every community will love you or be kind, but you can and will find people to like.
What are you most excited about this Pride Month?
I'm always excited to see looks, to see everyone come out with confidence in their fave looks! I love seeing people happy with their skin and live life to the fullest.
As a model, it is almost impossible to convey your identity and personality from your career. How has this impacted membership in this community, if at all?
Without my extended family and friends, I also wouldn't feel confident enough to create the way I do. They encouraged me to keep creating and told me I was good and worthy, even if I didn’t believe it.
Fashion, in recent years, has had a huge push towards inclusivity and diversity. In terms of LGBTQ +representation, how can the industry better serve these communities and move past performing allies and “rainbow washing”?
Pay Black trans women! Hire creative Black legends and * pay * them! When you support people through money and non -exposure, that’s the money that feeds us, houses us, and allows us to thrive and work more. Rainbows are beautiful and all, but money in the pockets of poor people is better (and getting queer folks all year round, not just in June).
Style and beauty can be powerful tools for self -expression.What do you think is the role of fashion in your life? Has your identity influenced your style?
Before I could have words describing who I was or even how I felt, I had to dress in. Fashion was one of the first ways I started to talk to myself in my own terms. that part for me now, challenging the stereotypes of who people are me and where I must belong and force my individuality, my personality, my personality. Fashion has helped me design my own sensibility in the world, root my feet more in this world, and take up space.
Fashion, in recent years, has had a huge push towards inclusivity and diversity. In terms of LGBTQ +representation, how can the industry better serve these communities and move past performance allies?
One way is to move from simply symbolic gestures to making structural changes. It’s about being proactive rather than being reactive. This is why I started the #DeGenderF Fashion campaign a few years ago. It’s one thing to make an LGBTQ capsule collection; it is different to understand that clothes have no natural gender. People should determine what clothes mean to them, not to the fashion and advertising industries. I love the industry to move away from “women’s clothing” and “men’s clothing” and only offer… clothing.
How can a person be a more supportive ally?
It's about centering on the leadership of LGBTQ people. I think we often make the mistake of viewing or experiencing LGBTQ culture as political demands. We need to push further. It’s about investing in the leadership of LGBTQ people — especially people who don’t participate in trans and gender — so that we can be manufacturers and really move the industry.
What does it mean to you to be part of the LGBTQ +community?
I really feel hope for LGBTQ +youth.Every generation gives way to future generations to live their lives more truly.I am excited to see the many spaces created where all LGBTQ + members are welcome.
Style and elegance can be powerful tools for expression of self.What do you think is the role of fashion in your life?
Fashion is the perfect icebreaker.I love meeting new people, and even if it's scary or stressful at times, i want to use f ashion as a signal to let others know that I am open to them and vice versa. The first thing I said to a stranger that interested me was a compliment about what they were wearing. Very good conversation starter.
How has membership of this community affected your career, if at all?
Being a gay designer and only having female friends would help me to design clothing for all femmes. I try to listen while also creating a fun fantasy for us to participate in.
As a model and digital creator, your career inevi the tably will relate to your identity.How does your career affect your career? being a member of this community, if at all?
It mainly affects my career.I don't think my job would look like this if I wasn't a nonbinary, queer person.It brought me to so many creative people who shared experiences and experiences that I don’t pam ilyar. I think, for a long time, it seemed like my identity was probably a barrier to my advancement in the industry. These days, that doesn’t feel like much, but it can still be a hindrance.
One of the things I enjoy about paying attention to your feed is the discovery of a new brand. For example, you introduced me to Wray ! Are there any fashion brands that you see truly degrading and celebrating in this community?
Chromat is a perennial favorite. They continue to support their community-LGBTQ + people-throughout their existence as well as the scale of inclusion before it even becomes "trendy."
I'm obsessed with your funny TikTok videos and spot-on rants. What advice will you give to younger people who want to be more confident in themselves?
I see confidence as a way of being, like something you can feel, and like most emotions, change and changes as you go about life.It's perfectly natural for us to feel more confident in some situations than others.But ultimately, I think reflecting confidence is really about being perfect and 100 % comfortable with who you are. When you get to that level, there is nothing other people can say or do that will affect you. So I say get out there and stop focusing on what others are doing or not thinking about you and ask in yourself, What do you think about yourself?
What are some pieces of clothing that make you feel like you are the best version of yourself?
When I want to feel a little more than before, I want to use clothing as a way to come up with a fantasy for myself. So something like a heel or a bag can really take me to a different dimension. While wearing them, I am able to channel all the powerful women I have admired throughout my life. Now, it’s time for me to walk down the street and turn people’s heads as I stop to whip my gloss from my bag and touch my lips! (Yes, I live my life in an incredibly cinematic way.)
Fashion, in recent years, has had a huge push toward inclusivity and diversity in general. I would like to know if there are any fashion brands in particular, that you see truly degrading and celebrating this community?
Do I know of a truly 100% queer-inclusive fashion brand out there? No. One thing every single brand I know is the gender of all their clothes. And until one brand releases these constructions, none of them will actually include all queers and trans entities there. That said, I’ve seen brands like Savage X Fenty and Mugler represent us on the track, but rarely go beyond that.