I love the way Gabrielle take's inspiration from their environment for their outfits. They go from urban to nautical in this profile, and I'm digging every second of it!
Photographer: Caitlin Shea
Where did you grow up & where do you live now?
I was born in Westchester, NY, and I lived there until I was 13. The summer before I started 8th grade I moved to St. Augustine, Florida. Now, at age 22, I live in New York City. Life comes full circle sometimes.
How do you think your friends would define your style?
I think they would say that I am “put together.” I try to look good no matter what I am doing because I’m really passionate about fashion. There are some days when I look dapper and other days I have more of a street wear thing going on. I don’t think I fall into a category or that my friends can define it under a certain look. I wear what I want, but I am always put together (or at least I think I am).
What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?
My shoes are all prized possessions. I guard them like they are my children. I couldn’t just pick one pair of shoes…that would be incredibly cruel. If I had to choose a specific item in my wardrobe though, I would pick my Members Only jacket. It’s a nice fashion staple. It can be dressed up or dressed down, a solid go-to in fashion emergencies.
What’s your biggest style challenge?
Being on the shorter side has created a lot of style challenges. Certain pants are too long or baggy, and they end up making me look shorter than I actually am. I also have trouble with men’s button-down shirts because even the x-smalls are way too big or too long. When I do want a long casual shirt to wear, it ends up looking like a dress. Sometimes you never win. I’ve tried to solve this problem by shopping in the boys’ section of certain stores, but they only have so much, and I end up looking like a 12-year-old.
Which literary figures do you most admire?
Right now, I am really into Malcolm Gladwell. He wrote Outliers, The Tipping Point, and Blink. He does an excellent job at making non-fiction exciting. His books are best-sellers and are appealing to a wide variety of audiences. I’ve never read a book by him that wasn’t captivating from beginning to end.
Who’s your style icon?
I don’t have one style icon because I don’t feel as though my style is one thing. I really like the way Justin Bieber dresses (no shame here). When he dresses up, he looks clean-cut. When he dresses “down”, he puts together items of clothing that you wouldn’t necessarily think would look good. I also really like this guy I follow on Instagram. His name is Denny Balmaceda (@Denny623), and he is a menswear blogger. I would say he is my idea of dapper: always looks like he is about to be interviewed. He pretty much looks like he should have a pipe in his mouth at all times. Maybe he will see this and we can collaborate on something….
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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.