dapperQ/Hi Femme 2nd 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 celebrate our second annual “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 2019 queer style Instagrams of distinction.

 

1. INSTA STYLE INFLUENCERS OF THE YEAR

Sara Nata (Portugal) – @sara_nata

 

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Alithea Castillo (New York City) – @alitheacastillo

 

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2. INSTA FASHION INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Jazzmyne Jay (Los Angeles) – @jazzmynejay

 

3. BEST INSTA PERSONAL STYLE

E Lai Sterns (San Francisco) – @elaisterns

 

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Iris Lena Triska (Oakland) – @triskit

 

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4. COUPLES THAT INSTA-SLAY TOGETHER

Hannah and Ariana (Los Angeles) – @theangelinos_

 

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Ronnie and Drea (Philadelphia) – @drea.ronnie

 

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5. STYLISH INSTA TRAVELERS

Lindsay Cale (Catching Flights) – @lindscale

 

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Kim Geronimo (New York City/Catching Flights) – @thestreetsensei

 

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6. BEST IN INSTA SUITING

Marcia Alvarado (Tampa) – @thealvaradoexp

 

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7. BEST GENDER-FLUID MAKEUP INSTAS

Devin-Norelle (New York City) – @steroidbeyonce


Devyn (New York City) – @devdoee

 

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“Bad attitude, but I’m cute so he call me back” 💋 @tatcha silk canvas @colourpopcosmetics no filter concealer (deep golden) @fentybeauty profiltr foundation in 380, concealer in 360, setting powder (banana) @morphebrushes x @jamescharles palette @urbandecaycosmetics elements palette (brow bone, inner corner, and lips) @fluidebeauty glitter (aura) @blackradiancebeauty contour palette (deep) @anastasiabeverlyhills dip brow in ebony @kkwbeauty lipstick in pink 5 @morphebrushes x @bretmanrock babe in paradise Inspired by @naomismalls ——- #ColourPopMe #meganthestallion #FENTYBEAUTY #brbeauty #anastasiabrows #blackbeautymatters #beautyboy #MorpheBabe #mnyitlook #melaninmagic #blackbeauty #anastasiabeverlyhills #undiscoveredmuas #makeupjourney #wlyg #oneofthem #muaofcolor #menthatblend #melaninbeauty #bretmansvanity #menthatblend #breakthebinary #androgyny #genderfluid #fluid #nonbinary #genderbender

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8. BEST IN INSTA FEMME!

Marie Le Mieux (Atlanta) – @marie.le.mieu

 

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Amy Stretten (Los Angeles) – @chiefofstyle

 

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9. BEST FEMINIST BOPO INSTA

Dāsha (Chicago) – @shadowsorceress

 

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10. INTERIOR DESIGN + FASHION

Alison Caporimo (Tri-state Area) – @alisoncaporimo

 

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11. BEST BOW-TIE-OR-BUST INSTA

Jess Torres (New York City) – @thegirlinabowtie

 

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