dapperQ/Hi Femme 1st Annual “InstaGrammys”

dapperQ published our very first article in 2009, a full year before the 2010 launch of Instagram. Back then, and even for a few years after the initial launch of Instagram, the term “Instagram influencer,” was not even a thought in our minds, and we certainly did not anticipate Instagram would become such a powerful image (and now video) platform that would play a significant role in the democratization of beauty/fashion, creating communities of common values, and empowering individuals to become the creative directors of their own style.

This year, we decided to launch our first ever “InstaGrammys” as part of our ongoing effort to archive the contributions of queer style to art, activism, and social media. Of course, as a volunteer collective (many of us with full-time jobs outside of dapperQ), it is virtually impossible for us to be fully aware of ALL the queer style influencers across the entire Instagram platform. (So, feel free to leave suggestions of other influencers in the comments section below.) But, we did want to give a year’s end tip of our hats to the influencers that have inspired the dapperQ team and our readers. Note, we did not include other digital magazines (such as Qwear, which is an important platform to our community), but decided to focus on individual influencers out there changing the landscape of fashion through personal style, stylish travel, and life+style Instagrams that are beautifully and thoughtfully curated. Here are dapperQ’s 2017 queer style Instagrams of distinction.

 

1. INSTA INFLUENCERS OF THE YEAR

Danielle A. Cooper – @daniellacooper

Turquoise check for Day 2 #ShesAGent #PittiUomo #PittiUomo91

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Nicolette Mason – @nicolettemason

Tomorrow 🕺🏻✨ @premme.us 📸 @laracallahan

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2. INSTA FASHION INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Alok Vaid-Menon – @alokvmenon

with new york fashion week approaching i wanted to share some of the clothes i designed this year with you‼️‼️it was so fun having the opportunity to design for the first time! i have been disappointed (& bored tbh) by how the turn to *gender-neutral* fashion has been dominated by cisgender people 😒 & i wanted to offer my vision as a nonbinary trans femme artist. my clothes are about imagining femininity uninhibited by harassment. i kept asking myself, “what would i wear if i no longer had to be afraid?” 🤔 every single time i have gone outside femme i have been harassed. i am so tired of having to erase myself for other people’s comfort. i wanted to make clothes where i could reclaim femininity in a world that continually belittles it. 💫 at this time i don’t have the ability to market & distribute these pieces, but i wanted to announce to the fashion & design world that i am open for consultations & collaborations!! 👀 here is the first dress, “HOT MESH,” made totally out of mesh! ☺️ stylist: @straystylecat ; technical designer: @adrianne.ayao ; makeup: @roro_love_makeup ; photographer @abhinavanguria

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3. BEST INSTA PERSONAL STYLE

Danielle A. Cooper – @daniellacooper

They didn’t see the journey or walk that it took for me to get here. #ShesAGent #LondonFashionWeek #TravelAway @away

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Jazzmyne – @jazzmynejay

 

4. BEST LIFE+STYLE GRAMMERS

Benjamin Melzer – @egoshooter

 

Debbie-jean Lemonte – @thelocdbella

 

5. STYLISH INSTA TRAVELERS

Fit for a Femme – @dearjonesey

Bairro Alto balcony sass in an @asos dress! More at the blog (link in profile).

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Kim Geronimo – @thestreetsensei

 

6. BEST IN INSTA SUITING

Sara Geffrard – @sarageffrard

 

Chris Domingo – @la.garconniere

Still flourishing 📸 @rcap15

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7. BEST INSTA STYLE DUO

Corey Kempster – @corey_meets_world + Jari Jones – @amjarijones

 

8. BEST BOOMERANGS

Nicolette Mason – @nicolettemason

 

9. BEST INSTA STORIES

Kim Geronimo – @thestreetsensei
(Video below originally published on @thestreetsensei Insta Story)

Play another of Kim’s stories here

 

10. BEST IN INSTA FEMME!

Jacob Tobia – @jacobtobia

🌿💖I’m your summer girl 💖🌿

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Chaka Bachmann – @thedefiantfemme

 

11. BEST IN PLUS SIZE

Amy Stretten – @chiefofstyle

Happy Weekend, babes! ❤️ I thought I’d share another shot in this dress since you loved the first two so much. 😊 Here’s to wearing whatever TF we want tonight! 💕I’ll be living it up in Hollywood. How about you? • • • 👗 @forever21plus Jacket: @forever21men 👠 @mango 📸 @m76photo #chiefofstyle #f21xme #curvy #forever21plus #bopo #plussize #plussizestyle #plussizeblogger #plussizemodel #curvemodel #fashion #style #styleblogger #thickthighssavelives #NYC #model #femmesofcolorvisibility #everybodydeserveslove #nowrongway #effyourbeautystandards #honoryourcurves #psootd #ootd #browngirlbloggers #stylehasnosize #plussize #plussizeootd #plussizefashion #beinyourskin #everybodydeserveslove #tgif

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Alysse Dalessandro – @readytostare

 

12. INSTA ON A BUDGET

Doreen Pierre – @dapperpenniless

 

13. NIGHTLIFE INFLUENCER INSTA STYLE

Charlotte “CB” Glasser – @cbglasser

 

14. INTERIOR DESIGN + FASHION

The Burton House (Palm Springs vacation rental run by Jessica Falvo and Consuelo Ruybal) – @burtonhousepalmsprings

#sundayfunday checklist: sunglasses, lip gloss, plenty of water and cocktails….. #burtonhouseps

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15. INSPO INSTA THEME

Dasha Guyton – @windycitywardrobe

 

16. BEST BOW-TIE-OR-BUST INSTA

Abe Blackburn – @ablackburnwears

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