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Yes. For the first show, I re­searched some pop­u­lar LGBTQ pub­li­ca­tions to find LGBTQ and al­lied de­sign­ers to in­vite them to the show. By the sec­ond show, many more were knock­ing down our doors ask­ing to be in­cluded. We have de­sign­ers ap­ply from all over the world, and we’ve fea­tured many of their work, in­clud­ing David Tutera, Gen­der Free World from Lon­don, Tom­boyX from Seat­tle, Dap­per Dames from San Diego, Toni Mar­low from Canada, etc.

Be­sides the ob­vi­ous need for mas­cu­line-fit­ting cloth­ing, why is there a need for par­tic­u­lar events in the com­mu­nity?

I firmly be­lieve that At­lanta’s LGBTQ com­mu­nity needs more di­ver­sity, art and an ac­tual sense of com­mu­nity. The An­dro

Au­gust 18, 2017

Fash­ion Show is so much more of a move­ment than a mo­ment. We honor com­mu­nity hero­ines at ev­ery event, and the show also fea­tures sev­eral po­lice of­fi­cers, fire­fight­ers, teach­ers and many other LGBTQIA role mod­els.

It’s im­por­tant to high­light our con­tri­bu­tions to so­ci­ety and show a side of our com­mu­nity that’s of­ten over­looked. Out­side of the show, we also pro­duce, sup­port and par­tic­i­pate in other out­reach and char­ity events that work to­wards our com­mu­nity goals. We’ve done school sup­ply drives, char­ity bas­ket­ball tour­na­ments, fed the home­less and we also col­lab­o­rated with MSR [My Sis­ter’s Room] to pro­duce At­lanta’s Equal­ity March.

The An­dro Fash­ion Show has turned into a men­tor­ship! We are like one big fam­ily, and I know the com­mu­nity is watch­ing. We’ve grown so much to­gether over the past year, and be­ing able to live and lead as ex­am­ples of peace and progress is pow­er­ful.

We’ve had mod­els go on to New York Fash­ion Week, and sev­eral have been cho­sen as spokesmod­els for in­ter­na­tional brands. Also, the up­com­ing An­dro Fash­ion Show fea­tures three trans­men, and two of them are in the mil­i­tary. Much of the trans com­mu­nity has re­ally united be­hind the An­dro Fash­ion Show and our events, which

Al­lure: The An­dro Fash­ion Show

It must be fun for you to col­lab­o­rate with de­sign­ers to get the clothes in front of their tar­get mar­ket.

I felt that “com­mu­nity” at the De­cem­ber show. What are some of the other pos­i­tive out­comes of the show?

has also helped break down bar­ri­ers and dis­pel myths and mis­un­der­stand­ings about the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity. We ex­em­plify the in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity our com­mu­nity so badly needs, and we con­stantly work to­wards fos­ter­ing the same within our own com­mu­ni­ties.

An­dro Fash­ion Show or­ga­nizer Kia Barnes said that last De­cem­ber’s show sold out quickly, so they dou­bled the venue size for this month’s show. (Pho­tos by Kait­lyn Ko­larik)

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