2016 at Qwear was characterized by an increase in political discussion and an expansion of our visual activism across the queer spectrum.
We continued to challenge heteronormativity and published several new pieces which broke ground in discussions of androgyny, body type beauty standards, femme identity, and the nature of queer spaces themselves. We made history when I had the honor to represent Qwear at South By South West's first ever queer fashion panel in March.
We invited kids (8 year old Lia and 10 year old Cal) to partake in photoshoots and fashion shows, and in doing so challenged stereotypes about the adult nature of queer spaces. We also brought Mojo Disco onto our team, who offered a fresh perspective on queer fashion and androgyny.
Our 14 Femmes of Color piece challenged our culture's cis white beauty standards of femininity. In our installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston) Femme Desire, we challenged the nature of femme beyond the narrow cultural ideal that revolves around the male gaze.
Our round-up of plus size people with androgynous style was also the first piece of its kind to break past the standard of thin white bodies in the conversation on androgyny.
We also had a number of exciting press opportunities and collaborations. Mojo filmed a video with Buzzfeed on nonbinary fashion, I was interviewed by Edge Media Network on suits for trans bodies, and The Huffington Post featured our Rush Limbaugh critique. Our South By South West Panel was featured on The Huffington Post, Curve Magazine, and The Austin Chronicle.
Thank you all for being a part of our community. I can't wait to see what comes of 2017!
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.