It’s NYC Pride Week! Even though we’ve been posting interviews all month, this week is the biggest yet – because, well, we’re based in New York City! To kick off our interviews this week, we talked to the fabulous (and fabulously busy!) Anita Dolce Vita! We have always loved the website dapperQ, and when Anita Dolce Vita wrote this article posted on the Huffington Post earlier this month about gender-nonconforming style and sexual orientation, we knew we needed to chat with her more!
Anita Dolce Vita serves as the managing editor and driving force behind dapperQ.com, the premier style and empowerment website for the unconventionally masculine: butches, AGs, bois, studs, and masculine presenting women, gender nonconformists, and trans* identified individuals. In addition to writing for dapperQ, she is a Clinical Research Nurse who coordinates and implements clinical trials looking at the effectiveness, acceptability, feasibility, and safety of oncology and other STD treatments. Anita (aka Juanita) and her partner were recognized as one of GO Magazine’s 2011 most captivating couples. She was most recently named to Jack Tar 207′s 50 Fierce Femmes. Anita has some awesome tips for what to wear to NYC Pride, June 29th!!
Play Out: What inspired you to get involved with dapperQ/fashion blogging?
Anita Dolce Vita: My partner is good friends with Susan Herr, dapperQ’s founder. Susan had asked my partner to cover a fashion event as a guest blogger. My partner reluctantly accepted the job, but ended up submitting a very snarky piece that was never published. What Susan didn’t know is that my partner could not care less about fashion media; she reads about science and international news. Susan had asked the wrong person. I love fashion, so I jumped in and offered to guest blog! Susan took a chance on me and I soon became a regular contributor. One of the best parts about my experience with dapperQ is that I learned that there is a relationship between health and fashion, a topic I wrote about for Disruptive Women in Health Care. So, I am able to combine my passions.
PO: What’s your favorite thing about NYC Pride?
ADV: That it is unapologetic and in-your-face. Although there is still much work that needs to be done, I am reminded of how lucky I am to live in a place where I can openly celebrate with millions of people.
PO: Unapologetic! Great word to describe it. What’s your favorite Pride memory?
ADV: The feeling I got at my first NYC Pride. I had never experienced anything like it before. The diversity. The spirit. The community. I cried tears of joy. I’m originally from Albuquerque, where Pride is very small.
PO: What do you wear to Pride? Do you have a favorite Pride outfit?
ADV: I am always marching with a non-profit organization, so whatever t-shirt the organization I am representing supplies. This year, I will be marching with GMHC, the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. GMHC is also responsible for organizing AIDS Walk New York, the largest single-day AIDS fundraising event in the world. I marched with them last year as well.
PO: That’s so inspiring! We love talking with all these people on our blog who volunteer so much time and support their communities in such a meaningful way. Thank you! What would you say is the Pride style in NYC?
ADV: Anything goes
PO: It’s going to be hot in NYC the day of Pride. Do you have any tips for what to wear to the Parade, or out to the bar during the day?
ADV: You can always pair a “men’s” sleeveless button-down with a pair of shorts, a bow-tie, suspenders, and light weight shoes or sandals. Raf Simons and 10 Deep sleeveless button downs are good examples. Great colors and patterns. If you can’t afford Raf Simons, hit up a thrift store, buy a cheap button-down, and cut off the sleeves. Of course, not all of our readers are into the traditional dapper look. Other options: Polo shirts in more modern patterns/colors (think leopard print) or tank tops with leather contrast pockets (think street goth) to pair with light weight bottoms. And don’t forget, accessories go a long way in the summer.
PO: Thanks for those great tips! Finally: Describe your personal style in 5 words or less, or in a single sentence.
You can find Anita writing for dapperQ on their website, and you can follow dapperQ on Facebook and Twitter! Happy NYC Pride week!! Keep your eyes here for another Pride interview soon!