Modeled in: Eckhaus Latta & Rachel Comey
How do you hope your visibility in fashion will impact the next generation of queer models?
I’ve never felt comfortable with the category of masculinity the fashion industry has set such a tone for. My masculine and feminine self exist cohesively, and I think it is becoming that way for more and more people all around. With that being said, I feel so fortunate to meet emerging designers who are effortlessly creating forward collections that are fluid and welcoming for all identities. These are the designers that I gravitate toward and love working with. A model and the clothes that they wear tell a story, and I think it is now more than ever, about telling a certain truth. To get to know and represent brands like Eckhaus Latta and Rachel Comey remind me that I, like many other models in my community, can be visible in a way that is very true to me and how I reveal my own spectrum to the world.
How do you think the fashion industry can better support young, queer talent?
There are so many talents now in our community that have been so beautifully liberated in the fashion industry within the last few years. As a photographer, I look up to other photographers who have helped introduce the soul of our community to the industry and the world through portraiture. The best way the fashion industry can continue supporting our community and being such an incredible platform is to continue being inclusive, to continue listening, and to demolish any residual notions that a brand should only make clothes for two genders. In our ever-evolving world, we need an industry that’s going to leave itself open for all identities and all races, from the people cast, to the people they sell to.
Photography: Andrew Boyle