If you are a trim, white dapperQ with short hair, you might have had the experience of being told you “look just like Ellen,” whether you actually do or not. I know I have. When you do not fit into the traditional gender binary, folks get confused and try to fit you into some category that is comfortable and familiar to them.
But, when Donna Blair went to a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, even Ellen had to do a double take:
When Ellen spotted Donna in the crowd, she said, “What am I doing in the audience? What? Why am I there? Am I in a parallel universe right now?” Since that taping, the clip of Donna’s chat with Ellen has been view more than six million times.
I’ve been spending time in Austin, TX these days and asked my friend Ginger Bloomer who were the dapperQ’s around town. She told me about Donna, the the owner of Blairfield Realty, whose specialty is the booming South Austin real estate market. I recently caught up with with Donna to see what it’s like to be a doppelgänger for the most famous lesbian in the world.
dapperQ: How often are you mistaken for Ellen and what’s that like?
DB: It happens every now and then, and particularly when I travel to L.A. I will be walking down the street, and someone will roll down their window and yell, “We love you, Ellen!” I’m just glad that I look like someone that is well loved.
dapperQ: How would you describe your style?
DB: My style is definitely on the boyish side. Although, I do like to sport a dress occasionally as well. Clothes and accessories are just so much fun. For me, it’s important to look nice and feel comfortable. It’s gives me confidence.
dapperQ: Does Ellen’s style influence yours?
DB: There’s no doubt Ellen has great style. I’m not trying to imitate anyone though. I just like what I like. When I went to the Ellen show, we were basically wearing the same outfit, but it wasn’t planned or intentional.
dapperQ: What are your secrets for staying stylish under a hot Texas sun?
DB: Short sleeves, light weight pants, and slip on shoes. I love the heat. When it gets to be too much, I just take a swim.
dapperQ: When you told Ellen you were often mistaken for her, she said, “You better be good.” Are you?
DB: I was a little bit wild when I was younger, but not anymore. I have a very short list of priorities, and they are all pretty darn wholesome. I’m extremely career focused, and that doesn’t leave much time for shenanigans