Meet These 7 LGBTQ+ Parisian Creatives and Discover the City's Queer Bohemia
For Out's Travel issue, we took a jaunty saunter with some of Paris's most eclectic artists who are reviving the city's queer bohemia through music, art, and fashion. Dressed in Fendi's Mens and Womens Spring Summer 2021 collection and shot on location in Paris, these beautiful storytellers remind us that self expression is best form of activism.
CHARLY VOODOO (left) is wearing a FENDI white knitted cotton top; white knitted cotton trousers; gold dice earrings. LOLA DRAGONESS is wearing FENDI Milk Linen oversized blazer; wide leg trousers with Milk Linen vest with trompe l'oeil details. Location: SINNER PARIS
All images shot on location in Paris by Nicolas Wagner.
"I try to follow my passions and to dedicate my time and energy to what moves me," says Hie. "Life is short. I think it's important to keep it exciting and full of memorable experiences. In the end I'd love to feel like I've lived several lives." (@binkadyemmanuel)
What's your favorite thing to do in Paris? Wander!
Hie is wearing a Fendi Mens grey wool spotlight coat; grey wool spotlight trousers; black mohair shirt with ajour square details; Fendi pearl bracelets; and white canvas t-strap sneakers. Location: Opera National de Paris.
"I'm not a performer but I'm pretending to be one on Instagram," quips Chekkouh. "Sports and drag queens keep me motivated during these difficult times. I also started to share more about my HIV status on social media, so I'm hoping to do more activism around that issue." (@yassinchekkouh)
Chekkouh is wearing a Fendi Mens taupe perforated leather jacket, white linen trousers, white Fendi logo knit socks, and white canvas T-Strap sneaker.
What motivates you? Waking up very early to watch the sun rise in the countryside, and start to play music. I love nature and quiet places. (@charly.voodoo_pierre.louis)
What music defines the Paris you know?Vivaldi Four Seasons, recomposed by Max Richter
Voodoo is wearing a Fendi sky blue silk byssus shirt with red wool silk trousers.
LOCATION: Found in the heart of the eclectic Marais neighborhood, Sinner Paris breaks the rules of a luxury hotel. The Tristan Auer-designed interiors reinterpret one of Paris's oldest neighborhoods in a blend of religious heritage, opulent rooms with contrasting radical lines, suggestive curves, and dark hallways illuminated by stained-glass windows. With over 40 rooms and suits, a restaurant, and a state-of-the-art spa, Sinner's unique, disruptive identity is perfect for artistic types and urban explorers. Learn more at sinnerparis.com.
Chekkouh is wearing a Fendi mink ribbon jacket interlaced with leather; Fendi Mens black leather slippers.
"Every day is a day of fighting for equality of gender, race, and minorities, especially in Africa. I am working a lot on my side to change mentalities and ideas. There is space for everyone." (@nomaikmr)
What song defines the Paris you know?"La Vie en rose" sung by Grace Jones
Nomai is wearing a Fendi sky blue flowered macrame short-sleeved top; sky blue mohair trousers; Fendi pearl bracelet. Location: Sinner Paris.
LOCATION: Originally founded in 1669 by Louis XIV as the Academie d'Opera, the Paris Opera plays to an audience of nearly 800,000 people every year with just under 400 performances of opera, ballet, and other concerts. The historic building is a true experience with lush, richly decorated spaces with a six-ton chandelier, bronze busts of iconic composers who've graced its stages, and extravagant columns, friezes, and statues. (operadeparis.fr)
Hie is wearing a Fendi Mens black mohair shirt and trouser with ajour square details, Fendi pearl bracelet.
What motivates you?The desire to invent stories and to surprise myself and others.
What song defines the Paris you know?1978's "Souvenirs" by Voyage. (@marczaffuto)
Zaffuto is wearing a Fendi brown silk byssus dress with sunset shade motif.
"My daily motivation is to learn and educate myself and share as much as I can about identity, gender, history, and art. The rule and impact of various artistic disciplines is to reflect the reality and stigma of society to wake the conscious." (@vincentfredericcolombo)
What song defines the Paris you know?Robin S's "Show Me Love" (Loffe Ninja and Matyouz Vogue remix)
Frederic-Colombo is wearing brown Fendi metal sunglasses; gold dice earring; gold chain necklace; Fendi Mens black knit vest; black mohair trouser with ajour square details. Location: Sinner Paris.
"I just always love waking up in beautiful Paris. So many thrills ahead every day. Paris has everything I can dream of: divine lovers, amazing people, creative life, great food, and amongst everything it's a city of fashion." (@lola_dragonessvonflame)
What song defines the Paris you know?"Paris Paris" by Malcolm McLaren featuring Catherine Deneuve
Dragoness is wearing Fendi brown long hand buffered leather coat with degrade effect; brown leather peekaboo Isseeu handbag. Location: Sinner Paris.
VINCENT is wearing FENDI gold dice earring; off white linen jumpsuit with ajour detail; FENDI MENS white canvas t-strap sneaker
Art Director BEN WARD@_benjaminward_
Photographer NICOLAS WAGNERnicolaswagner.com@nicolaswagnerphoto
Styling STORNY + MISERICORDIAstornymisericordia.email@example.com
Makeup & Hair Stylist ANDREIA CARVALHO@andreia_hmua
Photo Assistant MARIE-AMELIE MARTIN
Styling Assistant MILLIE MATHIS
Makeup & Hair Assistant STELLA VALLICCIONI
Modeled by BINKADY-EMMANUEL HIE, CHARLY VOODOO, LOLA DRAGONESS, MARC ZAFFUTO, NOMAI, VINCENT FREDERIC COLOMBO, YASSIN CHEKKOUH