Self-Discovery with Fashion and Makeup in the LGBTQ+ Community
Updated: Feb 1, 2021
For many members of the LGBTQ+ community, clothing isn’t just fabric. Rather, fashion is a way to affirm their identity and express themselves through their appearance.
Jordi, an actor and LA native who uses they/them pronouns, found fashion to be a massive part of their journey of self-discovery.
“It was that freedom of my fashion expression that allowed the vocabulary around my own identity to catch up. But if it wasn’t for my fashion, I wouldn’t have been seen in a way that affirmed my identity,” Jordi said in an interview with Huffpost.com.
Many other people within the queer community feel similarly to Jordi, such as Anita Dolce Vita, the owner of queer fashion line DapperQ.
Dolce Vita enjoys the freedom in her style that comes with embracing her sexual identity, encouraging others to “draw upon inspirations from this newfound freedom and love that you have for yourself.”
She has urged her community to embrace messages of self-love and acceptance, encouraging other queer people to “experiment with some glitter, add more makeup, take some makeup away. Whatever it is, now is the time to look for inspiration from the world around you. Because your eyes are now open to who you really are.”
However, with fashion freedom comes with comparison to others and the way they express themselves. According to assistant merchandizing manager and product engineer at queer clothing retailer Wildfang Kelliann Denney,
“One of the most violent things that we can do to ourselves is compare ourselves to other people. Whether you’re queer, trans, femme, bi, don’t compare yourself to anyone.”
Through the words of prominent members of the LGBTQ+ community such as Lordi, Vita, and Denney, we can learn to use the way we dress as a way to put ourselves out there in the world and open ourselves to new opportunities.