100 Most Stylish dapperQs 2020

In July 2013, dapperQ published our first ever list of 100 Most Stylish dapperQs. This was by far one of our most popular posts, but was by no means exhaustive. Since the original post was not comprehensive enough to capture all of the amazing dapper that exists in our community, our team decided to compile an annual list of 100 most stylish dapperQs. This year is our EIGHTH anniversary of this piece!

Important things to know about this list (notes from our Editor In Chief, Anita Dolce Vita)…

Each year, our team compiles a list of most stylish dapperQ’s based on public nominations and individuals we see shining on social media. Then, around March, I start organizing and formatting the post to be published in June for Pride. While I have always put Black bodies at the forefront of all our previous “100” posts, I scrapped this year’s original list, which was 50% Black representation, and decided to dedicate 100% of this year’s post to Black style and Black joy! As a Black queer woman who rarely sees Black folx represented in beauty and fashion, and who is constantly exposed to images of traumatic violence against Black communities on social media, it was important to me to showcase Black dapperQ’s living their fullest, most authentic selves, existing as self-love in defiance of oppression, hatred, and violence. As white, cishet normative fashion and beauty platforms struggle to find and demonstrate meaning during these times, it was also important that this post serve as a reminder that Black queer-owned fashion and beauty media – including dapperQ and thought influencers on digital platforms – have been sharing Black stories and celebrating Black beauty for decades.

In previous years, those on the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 lists would not be, for the most part, eligible for the 2020 list. However, we have included some individuals who have continued to drop fire style on us for the past eight years.

More notes from the team:

This is NOT A RANKED LIST!!

Our list is trans inclusive because our mission has always been to be a fashion and empowerment website for the unconventionally masculine: masculine and androgynous presenting women, gender queers, and trans identified individuals — anyone who has been told that masculinity, androgyny, and masculine-leaning non-binary style is off limits to them.

This list is not based on sexual orientation, but rather style and expression.

Nominees have a range of styles: some are fluid, and many do not fit neatly into the gender binary. Styles range from andro-chic, to dandy, to tomboy, to rock n’ roll, and more…

 

1. Whembley Sewell
Executive Editor, Them (Conde Nast)
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

2. Charmaigne
Creator
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

3. Dr. Van Bailey
Stylist; bklyn boihood collective member
[Instagram]

  Photo via Instagram

4. Tami
Organizer; activist
[Instagram]

Photo by @eyeshotem

5. Ms. Dapper (aka Chenelle Simington)
Model; photographer
[Instagram; dapperQ Feature]

Photo via Instagram

6. Kris Douglas
Stylist/fashion consultant
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

7. Gina “Nami” Grogan
Barber; Clothing designer; Image consultant
[Website; Twitter; InstagramdapperQ feature]

Photo via Instagram

8. Rahne Jones
Actor (The Politician on NetFlix)
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

9. Reyna Montgomery
Creative director; published model
[Instagram]

Photo by Averie Cole

10. Seonne Michel
Bow-Tie Designer
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

11. Phil aka Corrine
Host of podcast @transitionofstyle; Co-host of podcast @imfromdriftwood; Host of podcast @atvm_podcast; Wedding officiant
[Instagram]

Photo via Kirrin Finch Instagram

12. Tiq Milan
International speaker and host; journalist; model; poet
[Instagram]

Photo by Erik Carter

13. Ari
Entrepreneur
[dapperQ Feature]

Photo via Urban Field Notes

14. Alana Majors
dapperQ Feature
[Instagram]

Photo by Lux Wright

15. Tiffany L. Smith
Cyber Security Specialist
[Lesbians Who Tech Profile]

Photo via LWT

15. Ryann Makenzi Holmes
Co-founder, bklyn boihood
[Instagram]

Photo via @yennitron

17. Alina
Model; blogger
[Instagram]

Photo by The Street Sensei

18. Doreen Pierre
Fashion writer; content creator; events producer
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

19. Sloan Leo
Director of Social Innovation at The Vaid Group
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

20. Linda Harrison
Director and CEO, Museum of the African Diaspora
[Website; MoAD]

Photo via MoAD

21. Lanaya Irvin
Investment Banker
[Instagram]

Photo by  Vesa Studios

22. Giovonni Santiago
Founder META Center, Inc.; model
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

23. Laurie J. Punch, MD
Trauma Surgeon
[Twitter; Instagram]

Photo by Dr. Angelique Ford

24. Amber Hikes
Chief Diversity Officer, ACLU
[Twitter; Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

25. Stray
Blogger; Stylist
[Instagram]

 

Photo via Instagram

26. Amber of Amber’s Closet
Vlogger
[Instagram]

Photo via @amberscloset

27. Courtney Williams
WNBA Guard
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

28. Lena Waithe
Actor; Screenwriter; Producer
[IDMb; Instagram]

Photo by  Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

29. T. Matthews
Case Manager; dapper gent
[Instagram]

Photo via Facebook

30. DapperJae
Chicago-Based DJ; Composer
[Instagram; Youtube]

Photo via Instagram

31. Ariana Offray
Content creator
[Instagram; dapperQ feature]

Photo via Instagram

32. Maya Spratling (aka Jetpacksprat)
Style Blogger
[Twitter; Tumblr; Instagram]

Photo by @neemz16

33. . Zahyr Lauren
Artist; bklyn boihood collective member
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

34.Tanekwah Hinds
Wellesley College, Class of 2015
Women’s Health Program Coordinator | Fenway Health
[Instagram]

Photo by @allyschmaling

35. Lydia Okello
Founding member, HER Collective; Blogger at Style is Style
[Website; Twitter; Instagram]

Photo via Style is Style

36. Deana Williams-Williams
Director; Writer; Producer
[Instagram]

Photo by @shotbyerv

37. C. Renali
Nurse (BSN)
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

38. Roxane Gay
Author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist and other stuff
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

39. Lindsay Dawn
Architecture & Music
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

40. Monet Bernard (DJ M.O.)
DJ
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

41. Devin-Norelle
Model; writer; trans advocate
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

42. Robinette Jones
DJ
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

43. Janelle Monáe
Singer; song writer; actor; producer
[Instagram]

Photo via the L.A. Times

44. Cherie
Producer
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

45. Heather Faison
Digital Creator
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

46. Morgan
Model; artist
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

47. Dre Hollingsworth
Deaf advocate
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

48. Lavonne
Musician; model
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

49. DJ Fannie Mae
DJ
[Instagram]

Photo by Stephen Graddick

50. Nalo Zidan
Writer; organizer; designer
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

51. Angela Smith “Angie”
Environmental Specialist
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

52. Jaiiy D. Moses
Creator
[Instagram]

 

Photo via Instagram

53. Rosanna Durruthy
VP, Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn
[Twitter]

Photo via Forbes

54. Fuzz Rico
Artist; Curator
[Instagram; Soundcloud]

Photo via Instagram


55. Yel
Hip Hop Artist
[Instagram; Soundcloud; dapperQ feature]

Photo via Instagram

56. Mrs. Kamau Njuguna
Former Governor, Central Bank of Kenya (1980-1985)
[dapperQ feature]

Photo by Osborne Macharia

57. Lydia Polgreen
Journalist
[Twitter]

Photo via The Daily Beast

58. Pasha Cook
Filmmaker/producer; brand identity consultant; author
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

59. JoJo T. Gibbs
Actor; comedian; writer
[Instagram]

Photo by Mark Hill Photography

60. Sulki
Photographer; blogger
[Tumblr; Instagram]

 

Photo by Jason Charles

61.  Nanz
Personal injury negotiations specialist
[Instagram]

Photo by Stephonx Photography

62. Jessica McGlory
Marketing professional
[LinkedIn]

Photo via Ad Color

63. Cam
The Dapper Coach
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

64. Shonda Edmendson
Photographer
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

65. Ayishat A. Akanbi
Stylist; Artist; Writer
[Website; Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

66. Christian Eddings
Owner of C.M.O.S.; Barber
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

67. Brooklyn Wright
Founder, Boi Society, Inc.
[Website; Instagram]

Photo by Meg Allen

68. Jenn Rose
Fashion enthusiast
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

69. Amber “Smiles” Jones
Youtuber; Comedian
[Instagram; YouTube]

Photo via Tomboyish Mag

70. Jadah-Lee
Blogger
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

71. Danie
Engineer
[Instagram]

Photo by via Instagram

72. Queen Sharp “Queen”
Co-founder, Suit Yourself
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

73. Zee Davis
Fashion and Fitness Enthusiast
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

74. Lana
Long jumper; teacher; dancer; drummer
[Instagram
]

Photo via Instagram

75. Mack “The Tailor”
Clothing designer
[Instagram]

 

Photo via Instagram

76. Janae’ Pittman
Fashion Creative
[Instagram]

Photo by @memok3

77. Ilesia Boyles “LeLe”
Co-founder of Suit Yourself
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

78. Que B
Video creator
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

79. Wilsonn
Public figure
[Instagram]

Photo by Mia

80. Jessica Brownlee “Jess”
Co-founder, Suit Yourself
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

81. Lea Robinson
Actor; founding contributor, dapperQ (2009)
[Instagram]

Photo by Katya Moorman

82. Mellina White
Cocktails & hats
[Instagram]

Photo by Jewel Loree

83. Zenobia
Photographer
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

84. SheAh Prince Eternal
Life Coach; Writer; Artist
[Twitter]

Photo by Matt Crump

85. Chene
Public Figure
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

86. Lambo
DJ
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

87. Tierra Andrews
Digital strategist; art director
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

88. Jeaux
DJ; Creator
[Instagram]

Photo by @sirm00re

89. Gabrielle Royal
Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Abercrombie & Fitch
[Instagram]

Photo courtesy Gabrielle Royal

90. Chass Cole
Musician
[Instagram]

Photo by Imelda Bell

91. Eboné Bell
Owner of Tagg Communication LLC; EIC of Tagg Magazine
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

 

92. B. Edge
Model; Activist; Event Curator
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

93. Jess
Southern Dandy
[Instagram]

Photo via @ledapperdiva

94. Robin Cloud
Writer; director, comedian
[Instagram]

Photo by Lola Flash

95. Lola Flash
Photographer
[Instagram]

Photo by Becci Manson

 

96. Nia
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

97. Toni Branson
Founder/designer, Style is Freedom; Filmaker
[Instagram]

Photo via Instagram

98. Amber Chanel
Founder, Life Cycle Biking
[Instagram]

Photo by Sara Elise

99. Mo Willis
bklyn boihood collective member
[Instagram]

Photo by King Texas

100. Milly D.
Model
[Instagram]

Photo by Beka Photography

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1 Comment

  • Love the woman/Studs featured in this article. They are dripping with sex appeal.
    Thank you so much for creating a space for all types of women/AG/Butch/Studs to be themselves.

    Simply Beautiful,

    Fuzzy

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