Connie and I crossed paths a few times around Boston and I adored her mix-matched styles. It's always exciting to see what she's going to come up with next, and how she messes around with gender presentation.
Where did you grow up & where do you live now?
I grew up in the middle of the woods in Newport, North Carolina, and have lived in Boston, MA for almost 2 years.
How do you think your friends would define your style?
A mixture. Masculine and feminine, basics with thrifted jackets, practical shoes and impractical skirts.
What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?
The silver alligator ring my dad bought me when I was in high school. I left it at a diner by accident, and came back the next day and it was gone. A few years later, the owner of the diner saw a former waitress come in wearing the ring. He remembered my dad asking about my lost ring, because my dad is a locksmith who does a lot of business with the diner, so he asked for it from her and saved it in an envelope for me. It came back to me, years after I had lost it, and now I wear it almost every day to remind myself that things have a way of finding their way back home.
What’s your biggest style challenge?
I hate spending money but I love interesting clothes and well-made shoes.
Which literary figures do you most admire?
Naoki Urasawa, Miranda July, Kurt Vonnegut.
Who’s your style icon?
I love the way Kiko Mizuhara mixes masculine and feminine pieces, and I'm definitely inspired by old pictures of my mom in Taiwan.
Look 1: Maroon & Birds
Bird clip: Michaels Arts & Crafts
Button-up: The Garment District (J. Crew)
Sweater: Thrifted (Banana Republic)
Jacket: Mom's hand-me-down
Shoes: Doc Martens
Watch: Cartoon Network
Photographs by Katie Minton
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.