8.30.2012

R4CE & G3ND3R

A cute British boy took this photo of me in the subway and gave me the address for his tumblr (check it out HERE for more nocturnal queerness) over a month ago.  Turned out he was in nyc interning for Jeremy Kost, a photog who primarily shoots drag queens.

Coincidentally, I also just got a comment on an older post that is extremely relevant to this photo.  Read below:

Hey, this (your wearing of braids/durags) is cultural appropriation. Please stop.  It's especially offensive since you live in a neighborhood that's being rapidly gentrified by white people; the Dominicans who lived there for decades (as it was the only place they could afford) are being pushed out into the Bronx.  http://www.racialicious.com/2008/09/18/cultural-appropriation-homage-or-insult/

It's not my place to say what is or isn't right, but I will say that the way I choose to dress or do my hair comes from a place of love.  I'm more curious what you think - not that it's going to affect my future hair style decisions, to be completely honest - but because it's a valid topic and something people should think about.  And while I'm on the topic of race, I should address gender as well since I got another comment on here that I'm sure a lot of gender queers and drag queens out there have received...

Glad to see you back - as yourself. Drag is the worse of escape-ism. You end up turning into a self-centered, back-stabbing bitch-queen. You're young, seriously handsome, tons of talent .... get yourself a sensible b.f. and get on with your life.

And my response:

I'm always myself whether I'm wearing pantyhose, lipstick, stripper heels, or more traditionally male attire. There is no single me or you - there is an infinite spectrum of identity that is limited only by our desire to change and adapt. And it's funny because it's so rare that I am even remotely heteronormative so I'm honestly shocked anyone would react to my drag in that way.

Let me know what you think.

vintage helmut lang mesh shirt, garo sparo leather corset


8.28.2012

W0RK UPD4T3

If any of you are curious where I keep taking mobile photos of my outfits it's where I work/have worked on and off for the past year.  I work alone so there are some moments of time that I have to....... occupy myself in some way to pass the time.  I tried on two things today - a printed velvet dress by Moonspoon Saloon (always fun) and this so funny it's chic ffiXXed blouse with a visor that zips onto the front of the shirt which, the way I wore the visor, looked very Virgin Mary in the Hamptons.

Btw I was sitting outside the store today and none other than Leandra Medine (Man Repeller !) walked by with her man and told me my shoes were cute!  It was a drive by compliment, and I had no idea what to say except, "...I know who you are!"  She was wearing gold Isabel Marant sneaker wedges.  Tradesies?  I also just saw the huffpost article about her wedding look and you should def check it out HERE, too.  Satin moto jacket, big tulle skirt, and crystal covered platform sneakers.  Bridal irreverence has never been more perfect.

vintage tank, zara jeans, substitute trotter sneakers
hysteric glamour jacket, blood is the new black tie dye tee









8.25.2012

S3NSU0US W1TCH

I was playing with liquid liner earlier this week - well, liquid liner in places people don't usually put liquid liner.  It's tricky to apply flawlessly, but I love the sharpness of the black with a colorful face - especially over white foundation.

Also more randomness from the past week...

vintage jacket and fatigues, Blood is the New Black tie dye tee, Substitute Trotter sneakers




8.21.2012

SP0RTY SP1C3

Just saw this amazing editorial my friend Liz styled.  I didn't even realize until I went a few photos in that she used the anime skirt and cash print dress I made earlier this year and gave her.  The iridescent varsity jacket and the black cheersuit were both made by Liz (see more HERE) and you can see more of my work HERE.


8.17.2012

M1DT0WN SLUT4CUL4R

Shot a ton of photos in the subway and Times Square last night between 2 and 4AM with my roommate.  We had a really specific location in mind - if you transfer from the A/C/E to the 1/2/3 at 42nd St you may know what I'm talking about - but it didn't work out so we wound up getting out of the subway and wandering all over.

Photos by Ben Ungar






8.16.2012

W31RD H41R D0N'T C4RE

Playing around with hair before going out - cinnamon buns win this round.  Also going to do some eyes similar to these from Dior Haute Couture Spring 2004 with it.




8.13.2012

H41R TURB4N

Gaysha stuff.

8.08.2012

BL0ND3 AMB1T10N

For a few months I had half of my senior collection sitting in the backroom of a boutique, but I picked it up today so now everything is under one roof again.  And naturally, the furs look good with this rainbow tie dye tee from Blood is the New Black.  Also two faces from earlier this week... I'm definitely not crazy about the barbie look, but I never like to look the same so I know somewhere down the road I'll come back to it.







8.05.2012

N3V3R F0LL0W A H1PPY T0 A S3C0ND L0C4T10N

Two things!  I got some cute new tees from Blood is The New Black (they'll definitely show up on my body soon), but reading through the fourth issue of their newspaper I read something that I had been struggling to put into words for some time now:

"...when proffering advice to the hoi polloi on how to achieve success, said bloggers tend to skip over necessities like a designer wardrobe, model-looks, and boyfriends with HD cameras in favor of the hollow edict just be yourself."


-Christina Catherine Martinez


This came from a column on Elizabeth of White Lightning who I, and surely many others, have always appreciated for her independence and individuality.


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