Welcome back to Hi Femme!, dapperQ’s sibling visibility project celebrating the incredible contributions that stylish femmes make to queer fashion. This edition, we’re featuring Peche Di, a model, activist, fashion videographer and entrepreneur. Pêche came to the US in 2010 to study English and film at NYU. As a fashion model, some of Pêche’s career highlights include being photographed by Bruce Weber and Mariano Vivanco for Barneys’ Campaign and the cover of Candy Magazine respectively. Her latest venture is Trans Models New York, the city’s first transgender modeling agency. In a short time, Trans Models has been featured in The Atlantic, Forbes, Time Out NY, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, New York Times, Forbes, Refinery 29, NBC, and across many other elite publications and outlets worldwide. Under her guidance, Pêche seeks to turn a burgeoning agency into an industry leader and to carve out a more inclusive space for transgender people worldwide. She recently co-founded Teadate application, a transgender relationship dating app www.teadateapp.com.
In 2017, Pêche graced the cover of New York Times and listed in Forbes magazine 30 under 30 Art & Style, Immigrant, and Celebrity sections.
Hi Femme!: Can you talk a bit about how you define queer femme style and what makes it transgressive?
Peche: There is no one way to define my queer femme style. I like to experiment, mix, and match between men’s and women’s clothing. Being my most authentic self in the face of pressures to conform makes my style transgressive.
Photo by Debbie-jean Lemonte
Hi Femme!: How would you describe your personal style?
Peche: Being a showgirl and a beauty queen from Thailand, I’m instinctively inspired by glamor. My style is inspired by pop culture icons, such as Jennifer Lopez for example.
Hi Femme!: Who are your fashion icon(s)?
Peche: Trans role model and glamazonm, Yasmine Petty; surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí; Princess Diana; the legendary editor and fashion icon, Diana Vreeland; and British fashion icon Isabelle Blow, who was a muse for Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy.
Hi Femme!: What item in your style arsenal can you not live without?
Peche: There is one thing in my style arsenal that I can’t live without, I literary wear it every day. It goes with everything: Thierry Mugler perfume. Wearing the perfume that I love helps me boost my confidence.
Photos courtesy Peche Di