What I wear is a relationship all on its own. It’s a living, visual representation of the different stages of my intersecting identities. Like a relationship, style can evolve and change along with the individual. And with that, a look has the ability to protect a memory, a moment, or a choice I’ve made.
As a first generation college student, Queer, Brother, Son, and Filipino American, I’ve found that my narrative is directly reflected in what I wear. My everyday looks convey my desire for a genderless fashion industry; for a time where it’s no longer brave to look a little “different” than what we are conditioned to believe is appropriate; a liberated understanding of the struggles I continue to face; the moments I celebrate. They say you don’t always remember what you wore. But I do, because what I wear isn’t ever just a statement, it’s a narrative choice. It’s my story, told through style. And who can forget a powerful story?
This last year I’ve been incredibly quiet. For months I began to disengage in various ways, cutting off unhealthy contact and frequenting social media less and less.… Read more “Tala.”
3. Read the full piece on Qwear Fashion XO, Miguel Raphael.
2. I am so capable of love. But your words tethered me to walls that built a prison for my soul.