Welcome back to Style Dossier, Gabrielle Royal’s column that profiles stylish queers across the country. This edition, Gabrielle is featuring Ms. Zemora (Zee) Davis. Zee, originally from from Detroit, now resides in Maricopa County in Phoenix, AZ. Her daily aspirations stems from not only serving her community, but using fashion and fitness as a way to communicate the importance of health and nonconforming gender roles.
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dapperQ: Why is queer visibility important in fitness and fashion important? How do your platforms help create space for members of our community? How do they challenge mainstream fitness and fashion platforms?
Zee: Queer visibility is important in fitness and fashion because it shows diversity among the LGBTQ community. It can also serve as a positive affirmation to those who may feel they’re not represented well within those realms. In terms of social media, I think my platform helps create space for members of our community through positive imagery. It’s a process that’s slowly changing the perspective of how the world views queer in fashion and fitness. My platform challenges mainstream fitness and fashion through its continuous promotion of content that defies traditional norms.
dapperQ: What is your daily fitness routine? How did you get into fitness?
Zee: My daily fitness routine consists of Crossfit Training, which includes mobility, olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and metabolic conditioning. I’ve been an athlete since the age of 9, even playing basketball at the collegiate and semiprofessional level, so anything fitness related always seems second nature.
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dapperQ: How would you describe your personal style aesthetic? How much of your personal style is influenced by your identity?
Zee: I would describe my personal style aesthetic as dapper and casual yet athletic at times. All of my personal style is influenced by my identity. It’s who I am and how I carry myself, an attitude towards my self-worth.
dapperQ: Who is your biggest fashion icon and why?
Zee: I don’t really think I have a specific fashion icon, it’s more of an era, 90’s in particular. One of my favorite movies growing up was Boomerang starring Eddie Murphy. It was after seeing this that I fell in love with fashion, particularly “men’s” fashion.
dapperQ: Tell us about your biggest fashion and/or shopping fail!
Zee: I can’t really think of a fashion/shopping fail. Everything is done by trial and error and if there was ever a piece that I didn’t like for some reason I would always find a way to revamp the look.
dapperQ: What advice would you give our readership? What advice can you offer to people who fit outside of society’s understanding of traditionally masculine and feminine styles?
Zee: The only advice I would give to your readership is to remain true to your identity. We deserve happiness just as much as the rest of the world, and it all starts with how we view ourselves. To someone who fits outside of society’s traditional masculine and feminine styles, continue to push boundaries. Although society tells us to be fearful of self expression, don’t hide your beauty nor your talents. You MATTER!
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dapperQ: Tell us something unique about you!
Zee: Something unique about me is that I am a Proud Black Queer Woman.
dapperQ: What can we expect next from you?
Zee: Something to expect next from me is just more fitness and positivity. I hope to compete more in Crossfit as I embark on my third year and continuously learn, bring awareness and educate others on our progressive culture.
Want to connect with Zee: Follow on Instagram at @feelfit_z