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 Jacy Topps, a freelance journalist and writer published in Bust Magazine, Huffington Post, Posture Magazine and NYC lifestyle blogs. Her writing focuses on feminism, LGBTQ culture, race relations and fashion. When she’s not writing about social justice, she writes about food, wine and booze. Prior to her writing career, she worked as an assistant fashion stylist assisting with Today Show segments and tv commercials. In addition to fashion styling, she worked as a makeup artist on independent movies and BET specials. She also worked in fashion PR assisting in New York Fashion Week. After six years of hustling in NYC, Jacy now resides in Atlanta with her wife and spoiled Shih Tzu.
Hi Femme!: Can you talk a bit about how you define queer femme style and what makes it transgressive?
Jacy Topps: My queer femme style is a subversive, political act of rejecting the patriarchy. It is the rejection that appearing queer is not attractive. It is the rejection of femininity being strictly tied to heterosexuality. And, it’s about rejecting a culture that deems femininity as little more than a product for the consumption of heterosexual men.
Hi Femme!: How would you describe your personal style?
Jacy Topps: It really depends on my mood, but whatever I wear, it’s usually black. If I’m wearing a dress, I like to pair it with my leather jacket. Or sometimes, I just like to rock a pair of ripped skinny jeans with heels. I’ve been told my style is very New York: black everything with a pop of color on the lips. My wedding dress was even black.
Hi Femme!: Who are your fashion icon(s)?
Jacy Topps: I love Grace Jones’ androgynous style. I’m also in love with Beth Ditto and queer fashion blogger Nicolette Mason’s femme style.
Hi Femme!: What item in your style arsenal can you not live without?
Jacy Topps: Big hoop earrings and black boots.
Hi Femme!: Where can our readers find more of your style and writing?
All photos taken by Kristin Topps