Anita Dolce Vita
I never knew there would come a day where I could integrate my commitment to public service with my weekend obsession with fashion magazines. dapperQ has not only opened up such opportunities for me, but has also opened my eyes to a new perspective on fashion.
Growing up butch in rural Southwest Texas was no cakewalk. There were no role models with whom I could identify and none who would affirm the early confidence of my swagger. Eventually, I determined that the problem was me. And so I tried to be a ‘good’ girl, I really did. When I couldn’t, it turned to self-hatred. And that turned to addictions that consumed decades of what the poet Mary Oliver calls, ‘this one wild and precious life.’
Having emerged into her 40’s with passion reserved only for those who have waltzed with death, Susan established DapperQ to connect with her peerless brethren and to share their dapper dazzle with the world.
Susan has been quoted in the Washington Post, Huffington Post and named to Go Magazine’s 2010 Class of 100 Women We Love. In October, 2010 Susan launched an exclusive partnership with GayWeddings.com for which she served as fashion expert for those who are “transgressing bridal fashion” until 2012. She served as a celebrity judge for Mr. Transman 2010, a role she is proudly reprised for the 2011 contest. Her butch burlesque performance as dapperQ, directed by Victoria Libertore and KS Stevens, has appeared as a Critic’s Pick in TimeOutNY. Susan’s marriage to Shannon Lynch in 2006 was featured in the New York Times, cuz the Times is cool like that. Susan pays the bills as Managing Director of Trigger Creative. (@triggercr) Click here for an archive of Susan’s posts.
And our fantastic contributors…
Titus Androgynous is in the process of finding herself and she’s sharing it all with you! In 2008 she took up boxing as a fun way to get fit. Little did she know how much it would change her. As her body grew stronger, so did her self-confidence. Reinvigorated, (and with a snappy pseudonym) she began a journey of self-discovery. Just as it took courage to first step into the ring, so too did it take courage to eschew the gender norms and wear her first tie to work. She is fascinated with the way external presentation merges with identity and is still surprised and delighted at how great it feels to dress in the clothes she’s always coveted, look in the mirror and finally see herself reflected. When she stumbled upon dapperQ.com, she knew she had found her people. She is thrilled that her stories are resonating with readers. Titus lives in Toronto. (@TitusAndrogyn) Click here for an archive of Titus’ posts.
Tiffany Bailey is a freelance fashion and travel photographer from Washington D.C. Though an intelligence analyst by training, she prefers to shotgun at events around the globe. When not behind the camera, she enjoys reading, the gym, 3D puzzles, relaxing with family and friends, all things Brazilian, and anything outdoors. Most importantly, she is the doting dommy™ (dom+mommy) of a 3 year old rock star. (@tbphotographydc) Click here for an archive of Tiffany’s posts.
Zoya is a 23-year-old Brit on a Lapsang-fueled adventure in London. She’s studying for her Master’s in Asian Design History at the Royal College of Art and the V&A Museum, where her personal research deals with Japanese video games. She spends the rest of her time organizing exhibitions, working as a translator to pay the bills, and having fun with photography, hacking and blogging. Her own blog on design, dreams and desktop wallpapers can be found here. Click here for an archive of Zoya’s posts.
dapperQ is proud to announce that we’ve added seven new guest contributors to our incredible roster of writers and style advisors: Ariel, Graie, Joelle, Kawan(a), Lee, Rachel, and Tk. This super talented group of dapperQs offers a wealth of diverse perspectives and experiences and represent the East Coast, West Coast, and Southern United States all the way up to Canada. Click here to learn more about them.