dapperQdapperQ http://www.dapperq.com transgressing men’s fashion Sun, 01 May 2016 15:40:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Margeaux Simms' New Music Video Prominently Features Androgynous Girlfriend http://www.dapperq.com/2016/05/margeaux-simms-new-music-video-prominently-features-androgynous-girlfriend/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/05/margeaux-simms-new-music-video-prominently-features-androgynous-girlfriend/#respond Sun, 01 May 2016 15:23:57 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27619 Breakout star and former cast member of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (LHHATL), Margeaux Simms, recently debuted the video for her new single,...

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Breakout star and former cast member of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (LHHATL), Margeaux Simms, recently debuted the video for her new single, “Girl On the Left” featuring her equally stunning partner, androgynous model Merike Palmiste.

The Canadian-Jamaican, Margeaux Simms, began writing songs and performing at age 14 in her hometown of Toronto. In 2005, her group Test Drive, had a striking set of production by Timbaland, Danja Handz and The Runners along with DJ Khaled.

Margeaux ultimately self-released her solo EP Animal House in 2011. Joining other various electronic groups, and bands playing guitar, she eventually changed her moniker from Margo to Margeaux. She returned with a new sound and songs featuring production from various producers. The result of the production has been an ethereal crafting of electronic Hip Hop that evokes emotional swag with heavy drum beats and sultry vocals that embody who Margeaux is as an artist.

Her hit single “Start a War,” which was released in 2015 on her HOFM label and debuted on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, has created great anticipation among music geeks from Toronto to Brooklyn to Japan and is the prelude for her forthcoming EP, Blue Cocaine, which will be released later this year.

Merika also has an impressive resume. Signed to Major Models, Merika has landed major gigs modeling for successful designers and has been featured on the runway at Brooklyn Museum for two consecutive years.

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Style Dossier: Naa Akua http://www.dapperq.com/2016/05/style-dossier-naa-akua/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/05/style-dossier-naa-akua/#respond Sun, 01 May 2016 04:00:55 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27611 Welcome back to Style Dossier, Gabrielle Royal’s column that profiles stylish queers across the country. For her latest edition of Style Dossier, Gabrielle is...

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Welcome back to Style Dossier, Gabrielle Royal’s column that profiles stylish queers across the country. For her latest edition of Style Dossier, Gabrielle is celebrating the style of Naa Akua, a spoken word artist and emcee from Mount Vernon, now residing in the Bronx, New York. Naa prefers the pronouns: she, her, them, they.

Gabrielle: Who is your biggest fashion icon and why?

Naa: Funny thing is, I don't I have a fashion icon that's known! As I got older, I do remember looking at black and white pictures of my grandfather that impressed me. I wanted to follow his look and his style. My grandfather gave me the desire to wear suits and hats and look fly.

Gabrielle: How much of your personal style is influenced by your identity?

Naa: When I was young, I always wanted to wear jeans and sneakers and most of the time borrow my father's shirts and button downs. Everyone labeled me a tomboy, but I just saw it as me being comfortable. That comfort never changed as I got older. However, now I am able to say who I am. I am two spirited, though I am not of Native American descent. I feel I carry the balance of masculine and feminine energy. So my style expresses the comfort I have with both energies.

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Gabrielle: Why is queer visibility important and how does fashion help create space for members of our community?

Naa: I feel queer visibility is important because many of us -  whether young, middle aged, or in the golden years -  are still afraid to come out (and I know it's for many reasons). Talking to someone who just came out to their parents last year, the process is real, but the outcome, no matter what, is a meaningful one. I believe fashion creates a space to express such visibility. Fashion is the answer to your question, “Well, how do I feel today?" It allows you and many others to experience your mood or feeling. I believe fashion within the LGBTQ community gives us a chance to all have a voice.

Gabrielle: What challenges do you face in your profession, if any, as an LGBTQ person?

Naa: I see my life as a learning experience and everyone can choose if they like to learn with me. So I won't say that I see challenges as an LGBTQ person. I see more opportunities to learn and teach. Whether I'm on stage performing, working with youth, or talking to co-workers about everyday life, all will get a chance to see that we are not that different from each other.

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Gabrielle: Tell us about your biggest fashion and/or shopping fail.

Naa: Biggest fashion fail: turquoise wrestling boots. I'm not too sure why I thought that was a good idea!

Gabrielle: What advice would you give our readership? What advice can you offer to people who fit outside of society's understanding of traditionally masculine and feminine styles?

Naa: When you know it, you own it. Now you’re not making a statement, you’re just being you. So, no matter who sees you, they will respect the confidence that you carry and the clothes that adorn it.

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Gabrielle: Tell us something unique about yourself.

Naa: What I find unique about myself is that I truly feel I have the ability to create a space for people to feel comfortable and to connect with me on a human to human level.

Gabrielle: How did you hear about dapperQ? Why were you interested in a feature?

Naa: I heard about dapperQ through the great world of Instagram. I became interested in becoming a feature when I saw myself in every picture and story I had seen. I was one of many who were searching for visibility.

Want more Naa? Follow on social media:
Instagram : @naa_accepts
Facebook: Naa Akua
Soundcloud: Naa Akua

Photos by Jeanesque Photography

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Fashion Rocks: Music and Style with Yel http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/27586/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/27586/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:00:23 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27586 Welcome back to Fashion Rocks, a series that celebrates dapper musicians across the globe. This week we're featuring Yel, a rap artist born and...

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Welcome back to Fashion Rocks, a series that celebrates dapper musicians across the globe. This week we're featuring Yel, a rap artist born and raised in Pasco, Washington.

dapperQ: When did you start performing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?

Yel: I started preforming at a young age. Music ran in my family. So it wasn't much of a shock when I picked up a mic. Artist like Missy Elliot, Andre 3000, Jimi Hendrix, Slick Rick, B.I.G, Lupe Fiasco, and The Black Eyed Peas all influenced me as an artist growing up. The way they dressed, the way they flowed, the way they danced. All their styles were original -  different - in their own ways. They took hip hop and made it there own. Listening to songs like "Kick Push" by Lupe Fiasco  and watching music videos like Missy Elliot's "The Rain", taught me that there's no limits to my creativity in my craft.

dapperQ: How has your work evolved?

Yel: I feel like my work has come a long way and has a long ways to go. Growing up, my dad was really strict on me and my younger brothers when we all began rapping at a young age. He was a producer so he had a lot of wisdom about music. Although it was difficult, he taught us a lot about finding ourselves as our own artist."Find your voice" was his saying, he'd tell me over and over again. That saying has helped me grind to continue to become a better artist everyday.

dapperQ: How would you describe your current musical style?

Yel: I would describe my musical style as a unique sound of rap.

dapperQ: Where are you based out of? Do you feel that your city/region influences your style? If so, how?

Yel: I was born and raised in the WA [Washington state]. Growing up in my city taught me to be original. The people I grew up with shared the same likings for music as I did. The styles of fashion and music I was attracted to at a young age really influenced my style as an artist. I looked up to the artist and MC's I listened to, not only for what they rapped and sang about, but the message they had behind there music

dapperQ: What other artists are inspiring you right now?

Yel: One of the main artist inspiring me right now would be Chance The Rapper, because he's gotten to a place in he's career where fans who listen and respect him for his music, also respect him for the message behind his grind. One of my biggest goals in life would be to have my fans be inspired and respect me for not only my music but for the reason behind my music.

dapperQ: Music and fashion have always been intertwined. Some of the biggest style icons have come from the music industry, from Gaga, Bowie, Madonna and Beyonce to Andre 3000, Joan Jett, Pharrell, and the Beatles. On the runway, the perfect song has the power to convey the aesthetic of a designer’s work. Alternatively, the perfect outfit or personal style has the power to convey the aesthetic of a musician’s work. How would you describe your personal style when it comes to fashion? Would you say it is influenced by your music? If so, how?

Yel: I've never thought of my style of clothing as a fashion statement. I always looked at it as, in my words, "something Yel would wear."But I do agree that my personal style is influenced by my music and vice versa. Growing up on artist like Beyonce and Andre 3000 taught me to have my own sense of style. Although I'm a rapper my fans are not going to only see me for what music I put out, but for the visual style that comes with the music.

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dapperQ: Has your clothing style evolved over the years?

Yel: My clothing style has had a major jump in the past couple years. Turning 21 and becoming more of my own artist/woman has made me grow to like and dislike different things, which has made my style what it is today.

dapperQ: Who are some of your fashion icons?

Yel: I have looked up to and appreciated styles that were often worn in the 90s and early hip hop eras through out my whole life. Some of the biggest fashion icons growing up for me would be TLC, Fresh Prince, 2Pac, Pharrell, and Kid 'n Play.

dapperQ: What is the one article of clothing you cannot live without?

Yel: Definitely be my shoes. Shoes are the finishing touches of a fit, and I couldn't see myself without them.

dapperQ: What can we expect next from you?

Yel: I plan to continue to show my since of style and fashion since as my career continues. A lot of my music is dropping this year as well, so my fans and people who are unsure of who i am can finally hear my sound and my style of music.

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Guide to Spring: DapHer Gents Slay in Frank and Oak Spring Style http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/dapher-gents-slay-frank-oak-spring-style/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/dapher-gents-slay-frank-oak-spring-style/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:00:58 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27552 Sara Geffrard of "A Dapper Chick" and Danielle Cooper of "She's A Gent," together known as "DapHer Gents," recently styled three spring looks -...

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Sara Geffrard of "A Dapper Chick" and Danielle Cooper of "She's A Gent," together known as "DapHer Gents," recently styled three spring looks - The Beach Bois, The Casual Bois, and The Marina Bois - around select some pieces from Frank and Oak. Check out the looks, as well as a video review of the selected items, below and stay tuned to their YouTube channel for more informational videos!

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THE CASUAL BOIS

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THE MARINA BOIS

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FRANK AND OAK REVIEW

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TravelQ: 4 Reasons to Visit The Palm Beaches http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/travelq-4-reasons-visit-palm-beaches/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/travelq-4-reasons-visit-palm-beaches/#respond Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:27:12 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27593 Editor's note: dapperQ recently teamed up with A Dapper Chick to bring you the best of Palm Beaches, Florida. Sara Geffrard, owner and founding editor...

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Editor's note: dapperQ recently teamed up with A Dapper Chick to bring you the best of Palm Beaches, Florida. Sara Geffrard, owner and founding editor of A Dapper Chick, represented dapperQ as our Brand Ambassador, exploring the Palm Beaches' beautiful colors, exquisite food, LGBTQ-friendly events, and stylish hotels. Of course, Sara tackled all of this in her signature, dapper style. 

A major traveling concern for queer folks is the uncertainty of the level of acceptance that awaits us. As a people, we have to be cognizant of possible safety and discrimination issues. The questions that often arise are: Will I feel protected? What are the laws? What am I to expect there? Will I be comfortable perusing the entourage, or will I have to hide my gayness? And the list goes on… If we are not at ease with the answers to the preceding questions, that destination will most likely be removed from the list of places to visit.

Early this month, Discover The Palm Beach and dapperQ sent me to Florida to find out what it's like to experience Palm Beach as a queer woman. I was not dissatisfied. Florida is a popular vacation destination; It's fun, wild and has a care-free appeal, while maintaining a calm and elevated level of class, which is what impressed me the most. Here are 4 reasons why I enjoyed my visit to The Palm Beaches:

 

#1 LGBT friendly

The Palm Beaches, more specifically West Palm Beach and Lake Worth, were particularly queer friendly. They are home to a multitude of gay bars and restaurants. Furthermore, a Gay and Lesbian community center, Compass, which helps struggling youth is located in the area. 

Got to capture this beauty 🐎 at the International Gay Polo Tournament. #ADapperChick #dapperQ #Palmbeachesfl

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Palm Beach hosts a couple of high-profile annual events: Palm Beach Pride, which takes place in March, and the International Gay Polo Tournament, which occurs in April. The events bring the community together to celebrate Pride Week, all the while amassing a large of population of LGBT residents, visitors, and athletes. I was lucky enough to attend the Gay Polo Tournament this year, and although it was a sultry day, the adventure was quite pleasant. No need to understand the game to disport one's self in the ambiance.

Polo game attire... - @adapperchick #dapperQ #Palmbeachesfl

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#2 Food, Food, & Mo' Food

Food is a major part of the county. With meals made from fresh ingredients, great diversity can be found in the flavors that live in Palm Beach. From French, to Caribbean and Tropical, to South American, to Mediterranean, the possibilities are endless.

You know you're a blogger when you're taking photos of everyone's food while yours gets cold. #Wedoitforthegram #ADapperChick #dapperQ #Palmbeachesfl

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During a food tour, I got to taste Brazilian street food and true key-lime pie, and drink the best coconut water I've ever had in my life! (I'm not kidding, and I don't even like coconut water.) In addition to the breakfast served at the hotels, I went to various different restaurants, ranging from farm-to-table feel good food to Italian cuisine, and they were all finger-licking good!

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#3 Fun Things to Do

Whether gallivanting with friends, vacationing with family, or traveling for work, there are plenty of fun activities one can partake in. An evening at The Colony's Royal Room Cabaret will leave you in awe, and perhaps with a dent in your wallet, which just might be worth it. On a tight budget? Enjoy the show sans nourriture for $60, especially if the talented Nunziata brothers, Will & Anthony, are performing. Heads up, dinner jackets are mandatory! (See below.)

The name's Geffrard. Sara Geffrard. Dinner at The Colony #ADapperChick #dapperQ #Palmbeachesfl

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Multifarious diversions are available, such as shopping outlets, recreational golf, museums and other cultural attractions, and spas. I highly suggest carving out and dedicating at least one afternoon to the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, where you will gaily relish treatments, massages, and cupcakes and champagne.

There's also a great opportunity to learn about the history of Palm Beach by taking a visual tour with the knowledgeable Leslie Diver of Island Living. The tour takes place in the "wealthiest zip code in the U.S.," according to the USPS, where the most glamorous homes can be spotted.

#4 Places to Stay

For the first couple of days, home was Boca Raton's Waterstone Resort & Marina, a 4-diamond luxury hotel. With a minimalistic style approach, and a beautifully designed lobby with modern elements, I'd recommend it for the pal who enjoys a quiet environment and appreciates art. 

Some of the things I really enjoyed were the breakfast display of deliciousness in the mornings, accompanied by a delightful chat with Chef Lionel, a fellow Haitian kitchen master - hm hm good! The room had great sunlight, which made it easy to photograph my outfit grids, and an elongated worktable that worked wonders for all of my essentials. Although I didn't get to enjoy any them, the hotel also offers watersport activities like kayaking and scuba diving.

Workspace vibes... 💻 #ADapperChick #dapperQ #Palmbeachesfl

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For the remainder of the trip, I sojourned at the Kimpton Tideline Resort & Spa. It had a calming and relaxed atmosphere. The stunning view of the beach, located at the rear, can be enjoyed while savouring a meal in the restaurant. I wouldn't recommend missing the sun rise or set at the Tideline. 

Being a good girl this morning with a healthy breakfast @kimpton #ADapperChick #dapperQ #Palmbeachesfl

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Some of the thoughtful perks of being a Kimpton member are the personalized touches. If you're like me and you love Snickers, it will be waiting for you in your room upon arrival! They're also pet-friendly (no extra costs), and serve a complimentary wine hour daily. Alcohol on the beach? Yes, please! 

Gay Friendly? 

Obviously, I'm gay. From the way I dress, people usually come to that conclusion alone. Not to mention, I was on this trip with six to eight other gay men. There wasn't a time where I felt uncomfortable during the trip because of my sexual orientation. However, I do have to admit that a couple of times I felt very conscious of the color of skin.

I should say that this was a sponsored trip, specifically for gay journalists. Would it have been a different experience if I made this trip on my own? I don't think so; it's a gay-ok! That being said, I would recommend the trip to a friend looking to have a good time in Florida. 

Click here to see the entire gallery of photos from the trip.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a gay day!

 

Want to learn more about Discovering The Palm Beaches? Check out their website for more things to do, places to stay, and events.

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Style Dossier: Sarah Chatham http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/27580/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/27580/#respond Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:00:39 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27580 Welcome back to Style Dossier, Gabrielle Royal’s column that profiles stylish queers across the country. For her latest edition of Style Dossier, Gabrielle is...

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Welcome back to Style Dossier, Gabrielle Royal’s column that profiles stylish queers across the country. For her latest edition of Style Dossier, Gabrielle is celebrating the style of Sarah Chatham: Urban savoir faire, lover of pop-culture, fashion and film. LA-based , East Side reppin’, Silver Lake. Bad- a** bartender. Stylist, Filmmaker. Actor. Lover. Friend. Gender fluid, they/theirs.

unnamed-5Outfit details: Vintage peewee football jersey (Rose Bowl flea mkt). Represent CLo distressed biker jeans (representclo.com). Feathers stripped long length stripped tank (urbanoutfitters.com). Timberland LTD snow boots (timberland.com).

Gabrielle: Who is your biggest fashion icon and why?

Sarah: Prince is my ultimate style icon. My siblings are nine, twelve, and sixteen years older than me, and being surrounded by teenagers I was submerged in pop-culture as a toddler. His style is androgynous, rock and roll, and soulful all at the same time.

Gabrielle: How much of your personal style is influenced by your identity?

Sarah: I would say that my personal style and my identity are interwoven. My style is queer because it is mine, and I am queer.

Gabrielle: Why is queer visibility important and how does fashion help create space for members of our community?

Sarah: Queer visibility is important because we exist.  Despite criticism and judgment from those outside the community, we should  be represented as an equal part to society. LGBTQ should be shown in an array of colors shapes sizes, and styles. I think that fashion is a great place for LGBTQ to come together, because it is artistic expression, it is inspirational and makes a bold statement.

Gabrielle: What challenges do you face in your profession, if any, as an LGBTQ person?

Sarah: Sometimes working within the service industry, where there are male and female uniforms, I typically ask for the male uniform, as I feel more comfortable in it. The fact that some employers don't understand this or have a problem with it is frustrating. I feel like 2016 is extremely progressive and my generation is more open and awake than ever, but moments like this set us back hundreds of years.

unnamed-7Outfit details: Vintage Wrangler denim short sleeve button up (Rose Bowl flea mkt). Topman skinny jeans custom distress (topman.com). Keds (keds.com).

Gabrielle: Tell us about your biggest fashion and/or shopping fail.

Sarah: I love thrifting and shopping on eBay for deals. In the same week I managed to buy pants too big and shoes too small, back to back.

Gabrielle: What advice would you give our readership? What advice can you offer to people who fit outside of society's understanding of traditionally masculine and feminine styles?

Sarah: Go with your gut. If it feels good, it looks good. People are really not all that different, but it is the little differences that make our world vibrant. Take time to express your little differences.

Gabrielle: Tell us something unique about yourself.

Sarah: I love traveling and have visited 7 countries.

Gabrielle: How did you hear about dapperQ? Why were you interested in a feature?

Sarah: I caught wind of dapperQ thanks to a friend on Instagram. I wanted o be featured to have my voice heard, and to been represented as a part of the community. Hopefully something I said, or wore will inspire someone else.

unnamedOutfit details: Dope shirtsleeve distressed hoodie with flannel underlay (dope.com).  Represent CLo distressed biker jeans (representclo.com) Doc Marten boots (drmartens.com).

Stay connected with Sarah:
IG : streetfitter
Snapchat: S_pinche
Photography Credit:
Melissa Yu http://www.melissayu.com
Mars Arayza marsarayza88@gmail.com
Lina Chang: Linakai_

 

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Unisex Clothing Designer SUNSUN Showcase at Fashion Art Toronto http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/unisex-clothing-designer-sunsun-showcase-fashion-art-toronto/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/unisex-clothing-designer-sunsun-showcase-fashion-art-toronto/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:00:28 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27561 SUNSUN custom unisex clothing, a queer-owned brand offering casual custom pieces in bright, Kente cloth, geometric, and graphic prints, recently showcased their SS16 line...

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SUNSUN custom unisex clothing, a queer-owned brand offering casual custom pieces in bright, Kente cloth, geometric, and graphic prints, recently showcased their SS16 line at Fashion Art Toronto, an arts and fashion week that celebrates contemporary art and design through runway shows, live performances, fashion films, photography exhibits and art installations. The April 2016 edition of Fashion Art Toronto titled DRESS CODES looks at the major role fashion plays in constructing identity. *Photos by Brianna Roye.

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Twitter: nocerasun
Instagram: sunsun503
Contact: sunsunpants@gmail.com

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Style Dossier: Dominique DomoTheModel Pryor http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/style-dossier-dominique-domothemodel-pryor/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/style-dossier-dominique-domothemodel-pryor/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:10:04 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27540 Welcome back to Style Dossier, Gabrielle Royal’s column that profiles stylish queers across the country. For her latest edition of Style Dossier, Gabrielle is...

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Welcome back to Style Dossier, Gabrielle Royal’s column that profiles stylish queers across the country. For her latest edition of Style Dossier, Gabrielle is celebrating the style of Dominique DomoTheModel Pryor, a 25 year old African-American aspiring queer runway model who was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She holds Associate’s Degree in Information Systems, but has been adding impressive modeling gigs to her resume as she pursues her new career. Recently, she walked in dapperQ's Verge New York Fashion Week show at Brooklyn Museum, has been published in numerous magazine articles, and is now the newest brand ambassador for Plush Vodka.

Dominique DaShae’ Pryor prefers no labels. Preferred name: DomoTheModel!

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Gabrielle: How would you describe your personal style?

DomoTheModel: I like business casual with a little edge. I am a big H&M and Forever 21 shopper. I will wear distressed jeans, a V-neck, and a blazer on a casual day. Most days, you will catch me in a suit -  slim fit - and loafers. I can put together an entire piece with less than one hundred dollars.

Gabrielle: Who is your biggest fashion icon and why?

DomoTheModel: Honestly, I do not have one. Christian Lett is my personal stylist. I trust his judgement to not have me look bad in photo shoots and events. He is a very creative guy. I would describe his vision for me to be a combination of business casual with a little edge.

Gabrielle: How much of your personal style is influenced by your identity?

DomoTheModel: 100% of it is influenced by my identity. I am more than an androgynous model. I have a lot of integrity and dignity. I make sure I represent myself in that manner. I not only represent myself, but my family name as well. I remain presentable at all times. As much as we may tell people to never judge a book by its cover, the fact is, it still happens. I want people to see me as a respectable human being with class. So yes, my personal style definitely reflects my identity.

Gabrielle: Why is queer visibility important and how does fashion help create space for members of our community? 

DomoTheModel: I dislike that people treat LGBTQ as if we are not human like anyone else. They divide us from society as if we are from another world. Equality is important. No one should feel less than who they are because of how they identify themselves or their sexual preferences. I believe fashion, in a way, unites us. We can sell a look just as good as, if not better than, the next individual. Fashion allows people also to express themselves in their own creative weirdness in a way the world can see, accept, and call it the next trend. This is what I love most. Most don’t take us serious but some actually see the talent and gift and give us amazing opportunities to work and create with the rest of the world. It is gradually changing. Slowly but surely the more myself and other androgynous models will continue to make our way in the industry and not being scared of rejection. All it takes is one yes.

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Gabrielle: Tell us about your biggest fashion and/or shopping fail!

DomoTheModel: Shopping fail? I don’t have one at all. I get real excited after a suit purchase. I put it on and feel brand new every time!

Gabrielle: What advice would you give our readership? What advice can you offer to people who fit outside of society's understanding of traditionally masculine and feminine styles?

DomoTheModel: I do this also to inspire people to do whatever it is that is on your heart. You will hear more "no" than "yes". You will get discouraged more times than encouraged because of the world that we live in. Allow your heart to push you in the right direction. We can do all things that we put our minds to. Prove it to yourself that you can do it. Be you! Be original!

Domo14Photo by CandidReady

Gabrielle: Tell us something unique about yourself.

DomoTheModel: I am a free spirit, very creative, my mind races all day long full of ideas and ways to bring awareness to different talents. Fearless to pushing boundaries. I like to make people re-evaluate what is considered acceptable in everyday society.

Gabrielle: How did you hear about dapperQ? Why were you interested in a feature?

DomoTheModel: I learned of dapperQ back in 2014, someone tagged me on Instagram. There was a post for “100 Most Stylish dapperQs of 2014.” I’m not one to turn down opportunity, so I sent out some of my shots from my portfolio and a couple months later I was seen in number one hundred in the article. It was then that I learned of others that were just like me. I was not alone in this world. I could be comfortable in my own skin because there were others that were doing the same thing.

Domo7Photo by CandidReady

Want more DomoTheModel. Follow her on:
• Instagram – DomoThemodel
• Twitter – DomoTheModel
• Facebook – facebook.com/domothemodel

Photography credit by:
• Rose M. (CandidReady)
• Michael Wood

Styling by:
• Stylist – Christian Lett
• Stylist – Stephanie Watts

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Charlotte Glasser for Stuzo Clothing http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/hot-rabbits-charlotte-glasser-stuzo-clothing/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/hot-rabbits-charlotte-glasser-stuzo-clothing/#respond Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:53:16 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27527 New York's Charlotte Glasser, best known as a Partner at Hot Rabbit event production company and Creative Director of The Vintage Brands, was recently...

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New York's Charlotte Glasser, best known as a Partner at Hot Rabbit event production company and Creative Director of The Vintage Brands, was recently featured in a Stuzo clothing editorial shot by Kelly Balch. Balch captured the community leader in pieces from Stuzo's latest collection: SHERO.

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Want more of Charlotte? Follow her on Instagram at @cbglasser
Want more Stuzo? Follow them on Instagram at @stuzoclothing

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#GENDERFLUX Crowdfunding Campaign to Produce Genderless Fashion Collection http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/genderflux-crowdfunding-campaign-produce-genderless-fashion-collection/ http://www.dapperq.com/2016/04/genderflux-crowdfunding-campaign-produce-genderless-fashion-collection/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:26:51 +0000 http://www.dapperq.com/?p=27522 Fashion Blogger Elliott Alexzander and his collective creative team consisting of Barry Brandon, Michael Robinson, Ashley Borders and Ray Rosa, are gearing up to...

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Fashion Blogger Elliott Alexzander and his collective creative team consisting of Barry Brandon, Michael Robinson, Ashley Borders and Ray Rosa, are gearing up to launch a 15 piece collection of ready-to-wear genderless clothing by GenderFlux.

#GENDERFLUX is currently crowdfunding via IndieGoGo to finish the development of this revolutionary non-binary collection, with the goal of raising $350,000 by May 15, 2016 to produce the first batch of the new fashion line.

In November of 2014, Elliott Alexzander began the first phase of the #GENDERFLUX campaign by launching a single t-shirt design featuring the gender variant/transgender symbol. In only ten days, relying solely on word of mouth and social media, over 300 t-shirts were ordered around the world.

#GENDERFLUX has since teamed up with marketing guru Barry Brandon and launched the second phase of the project. During this phase, the brand added non-binary terminologies to the shirts -- including, but not limited to, Gender Fluid, Transgender and Agender. Within a month, eight exclusive new designs were available. Over the course of the second phase of the project, over 1,500 units of shirts, tanks and hoodies were sold.

#GENDERFLUX is now expanding, moving into the next phase of their brand. Their will be using the money earned through the crowdfunding campaign to offer a wider variety of fashion that still remains true to the brand’s message. The design team at #GENDERFLUX, headed up by Michael Robinson, has created this collection to reflect one of their hashtags: #FASHIONFORALL.

#GENDERFLUX is both queer owned and operated and is looking to change the fashion industry by removing gender stereotypes. By acknowledging that gender is a social construct, they have made a commitment to celebrate individuality. #GENDERFLUX has enjoyed early traction in the non-binary community and has been featured in countless blogs such as dapperQ, Vocative and Qwear, who have each referred to the brand as a pioneer in body positivity and as a leader among gender diverse clothing lines.

“#GENDERFLUX seeks to bring awareness to the gender nonconforming communities through education and fashion,” said Elliott Alexzander, creator of #GENDERFLUX. “We are about expressing to the world that being non-binary is not just about identifying as gender fluid or gender variant, but it’s about acknowledging that gender is a social construct that our society is suffering from. We have designed a collection that we hope will transcend the traditional standards of the average department store.”

Head over to indiegogo.com/projects/genderflux to view the whole campaign.

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