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Queer Fashionspiration Part. 2

September 10, 2018

I'm back with another set of amazing Queer Fashionspirations! 

 

I love how these individuals express themselves through their clothing. To me, clothing is another form of art. 

 

Enjoy :)

 

 

1) Amy Stretten

My name is Amy Stretten and I'm from Los Angeles, California. My PGP’s are She / Her or They / Them. I am a Journalist, Blogger, Social Media Influencer and Communications Consultant.

 

1) How would you describe your style/fashion sense? 

Eclectic. I love rare and unique vintage finds (particularly from the 80s/90s), but I also love trends and typical season staples (like leopard in the fall and florals in the spring).

 

2) Who or what is the biggest influence on your style/fashion? 

Honestly, Kim Kardashian is a big fashion inspiration for me, but so are drag queens. I LOVE glitter and sequins and incorporate them whenever possible. I also love the leather, spikes and studs biker look. It’s timeless in my opinion. 

 

 

3) How does your clothing tie into your identity?

I often wear cultural items that speak to the various communities I come from. I’m proud to be Native American, Black and white and a queer femme. I love incorporating my identity into my style whether in the clothes that I wear or how I accessorize. I often wear gold door knocker earrings that say FEMME or a turquoise squash blossom necklace my grandmother gave me paired with more mainstream pieces. I love to mix it up!

 

4) What music are you currently playing on repeat?

Anything by Saint Jnh, Sza, FKA Twigs, Drake, Nicki Minaj or 6lack.

 

5) What mark do you want to leave on the world?

I’ve always said I want to change the word in an ‘entertaining’ way. That’s why I decided to pursue a master’s in journalism. Journalism involves storytelling that’s hopefully captivating in some way and can speak truth to power. I’d love to help put Indigenous people in the spotlight in a major way for something other than sad news. I want to see an end to racist mascots in sports. I want femmes of color to be more visible among other queers and the world at large. And, I’d love to know one day that it’s a given that #blacklivesmatter.

 

Amy's Instagram

 

2) John Cagandahan

My name is John Cagandahan and my Pronouns are Him / Her (but prefer the fem). I was raised in Moreno Valley, CA but I currently live in Los Angeles, CA. I'm a registered nurse, podcast contributor on Podcast Of Color, and general queerdo!

1) How would you describe your style/fashion sense? 

My style / fashion sense depends on my mood and where i'm going. Sometimes I ask myself "So what's her look?"  before leaving the house, but for the most part I try to stick to whats comfortable to me at the moment with a little queer flare. 


2) Who or what is the biggest influence on your style/fashion? 

Other queer people. I don't really like to look to celebrities or pop stars because they have access to a lot of things that i will never have access to. So I like looking to everyday folks and seeing how creative they are with the resources they have and seeing them express themselves. I'm lucky to know some really amazing queer people who are living authentically and to me there's nothing more inspirational. When I see them being themselves I think.. hey.. I can be me too. 

 

 

3) How does your clothing tie into your identity?

Sometimes I have a masculine presentation, sometimes I have a feminine one, or I'm just a mix of both. I think the fun thing about being queer and non binary is that we get to make our own rules on who we are as far as identity and presentation.

 

4) What music are you currently playing on repeat?

Sweetner, and I'm still listening to SZA's CTRL. 

 

5) What mark do you want to leave on the world?

I want to help make people feel loved. I try to use the privileges I have make room for people so they can see there's room for them too. 

 

John's Instagram

 

3) Irene U.

I'm Irene U. // Your Muther // My PGP's are She, Her, Queen, Goddess, Babe, Bruja. I'm from Los Angeles and I'm a hairstylist, event producer, and DJ.

 

1) How would you describe your style/fashion sense?

My own personal style is  GOTHIC CHOLITA.  I mix designer, street styles, and vintage from LA & Tokyo. 

 

2) Who or what is the biggest influence on your style/fashion? 

Prince Rogers Nelson. Ive been a super fan my whole life and loved how he mixed femininity with masculinity. He broke records, and did things his way. He was unapologetically himself in every one of his styles or phases. First record I ever bought was 1999.

 

3) How does your clothing tie into your identity?

I grew up in a Mexican-Japanese household in the 90's which is something Im really proud of. I spent a lot of time hanging out on Melrose ave. When I was a teenager shopping for vintage clothes, records, comics, or picking up rave flyers. I had a pen pal friend in Japan who sent me my first issue of FRUITS Magazine and I became hooked on Japanese street style fashion. For the first time I was looking at a zine that had kids wearing clothes like me, wild colorful hair, overkill on accessories, living Anime dolls, I loved it. On the flip side there was always Catholic art/icons around my families homes as well, which resonate with me even though I don't care for organized religion. My mom was strict about what we could wear, so I left home pretty early and made a name for myself in the rave scene- I looked like a Rainbow Brite on acid. When I started my adult life as a hairstylist wearing all black became my normal so I played more with accessories, silhouettes, shapes and layering of textures to have some variety. I love wearing all black with an obnoxiously loud colorful shoe choice.

 

4) What music are you currently playing on repeat?

Grace Jones on repeat regularly. Every record is magic. I love her. 

 

5) What mark do you want to leave on the world?

I like to leave things better then how I found them. Im just a person trying to put some positive energy into a really fucked up world. 

 

Irene's Instagram

 

4) Alden Jackson

My name is Alden Jackson and my pronouns are he/him or they. I'm from Compton, CA and I'm the owner of a vintage focused shop called Cool and Casual Studios. In addition to selling vintage clothing I also do wardrobe and design consulting.

 

1) How would you describe your style/fashion sense? 

I would describe my style as a genderless, art gallery owner. Minimal with attention to cut, shape, color, and fabric.


2) Who or what is the biggest influence on your style/fashion? 

Boiling down influences is a tough one but as I got older I realized my aunt was an exotic dancer with expensive taste, my dad was a drug dealer, and my mom and her best friend at the time loved to shop as though it was a sport. This piqued my interest in clothing and later the rabbit hole of fashion. Today I'm much more interested in personal style. A homeless man inspires me just as much as high end designer. It's a very poetic exercise for me. 

 

3) How does your clothing tie into your identity?

Growing up even when I was dressed like a "normal" kid I would still often get bullied and made fun of. By the time I was in high school I decided I should just be myself. I also went threw a phase where I dressed loudly so people would notice my clothes before my weight. Now I think my clothes are more in tune with who am I as I want the focus to be on me and not what I'm wearing these days. 


4) What music are you currently playing on repeat?

I still have Kelela on repeat. I'm a little slow when it comes to getting lost in new music. 


5) What mark do you want to leave on the world?

I would love for the world to feel like a safer place for everyone to express themselves and get out of the capitalistic trap of never feeling they are enough or worthy.

 

Alden's Instagram

 

 

 

 

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