Where did you grow up & where do you live now?
I grew up in Dallas, Texas and now live in Brooklyn, New York.
How do you think your friends would define your style?
My friends have described my style as androgynous or dapper. My style has
really evolved over the last three years or so after becoming more comfortable
with my gender presentation/identity.
What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?
I’m definitely a fan of my high-top Clarks. You can wear them with dark wash
jeans or a colorful pair of chinos. I also have this fabulous commuter bag from
Jack Spade that is perfect for the person on the go and quite fashion-forward.
What’s your biggest style challenge?
Finding tops or bottoms that fit just right has been challenging. I shop mostly in
“men’s” sections at stores and doing so with curves has been a little difficult! I’ve
had the best of luck buying tops from Topman, pants from Uniqlo,
sweaters/jackets from J.Crew.
Which literary figures do you most admire?
My two degrees are in English and American Literature, so right up my alley! I
most admire the life, legacy, and written works of James Baldwin, Audre Lorde,
Lorraine Hansberry and Toni Morrison.
Who’s your style icon?
I have a few style icons, but I admire the locals most! I am really inspired by the
very people I see rushing off to work in NYC on my morning commute. Also, my
mother has been a sort of a style icon for me growing up in Texas. She is a true
Southern Belle! I just opt for the oxfords and briefcase over the high-heels and
Gabrielle Royal is currently a graduate student at New York University. You can learn
more about Gabrielle or stay connected with her by visiting her website here.
Photography: TTK, artist & photographer
Haircut: Karyn Gordon, Master Stylist
As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.