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
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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
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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)