Our Interview with Model Blair Perry
“I use the #transisbeautiful hashtag because I feel like it’s really important for girls like me to find love and acceptance within ourselves, especially when lots of people don't understand us.”
– Blair Perry
Photographer: Belle Yau
Interviewed By: Maisha Kabir
Model: Blair Perry
Maisha: Describe your style in a few words.
Blair: I like to call my style Goth-chic (at least that's the goal most of the time).
Maisha: What got you interested in fashion?
Blair: I started to get more into fashion because of the TV shows I was watching during my early teens. I used to watch a lot of Gossip Girl, The Nanny, and RuPaul's Drag Race–all shows with very fashionable people. I was really inspired by Anna Dello Russo when she said "Fashion is a declaration of your own freedom." I felt like I wasn't living up to my full potential until I began to realize that I could be making a more powerful statement about myself if I applied myself more.
Maisha: Who are your biggest style inspirations?
Blair: Fran Drescher, Audrey Hepburn, Violet Chachki, Cher, and Lady Gaga (circa 2010).
Maisha: What is one style mania you think has got to go?
Blair: Honestly, I think the "trend" that needs to go is white girls wearing cornrows & dreadlocks, and cultural appropriation in general. I'm in shock over how when black girls have been pulling textured & braided styles off for years (and looking so many different kinds of amazing while doing it!), have been getting nothing but ridicule from elite fashion people, but when someone like Kylie Jenner does it, people are so quick to call her a trendsetter.
Maisha: When did you realize fashion was your calling?
Blair: A really defining moment that made me really see the artistry of fashion was when I first saw Thierry Mugler F/W 1995 (I think I was 13 at the time). I was so amazed by all the dynamically different silhouettes and vibrant colors that I really started to fall in love with fashion.
Maisha: What's the best fashion advice you ever got?
Blair: I use the #transisbeautiful hashtag because I feel like it’s really important for girls like me to find love and acceptance within ourselves, especially when lots of people don't understand us. I believe that because I realize the beauty in myself, other people can feel that from me, and that makes me a better person somehow.
Maisha: Do you have any advice for people in the trans community who are looking to pursue a career in fashion?
Blair: I would say, you should never lose sight of who you are. Sometimes I feel like I need to blend in more with the cis girls so that I can have a better shot during open calls but also I feel that it’s my uniqueness that will ultimately get me the best work–the kind of work that I will feel good about doing. We should own our authenticity and uniqueness and not be afraid to stand out!