FASHION WEEK BUNDLE
FASHION WEEK BUNDLE
Queer British model Reece King returns to our cover louder, stronger and even prouder than he was before.
Blurring the binary is one of the joys of the job for model and influencer Reece King. “I love it,” says the pusher of envelopes and challenger of masculine norms. “I didn’t have the language for it when I was younger so it’s interesting to go from constantly being told that what I’m naturally doing isn’t acceptable or isn’t seen as understandable to now not having to be just one thing,” he explains as we chat on set.
When Reece first spoke to Gay Times Magazine as our February 2018 cover star, he’d already tweeted about his bisexuality. “But it was like my identity wasn’t fully formed,” he says now. “There was so much pressure to show my identity to the world even though I didn’t really know what it was myself. I do still feel like I’m learning. I feel like I know who I am but I’m still in the process of unravelling my identity. I think that’s an eternal thing - that I think I’m gonna keep finding more of myself.”
Identifying now as queer, we speak to Reece about the shift of visibility for LGBTQ models in the industry, using his privilege to help other queer people of colour, and why the future relies on continuing to blur lines.
There’s been an important cultural intersection between music and fashion for decades, but right now, no one is navigating it in a more interesting way than Honey Dijon. Or, to reference the title of her chic new collection of T-shirts, travel bags and accessories created with Comme Des Garçons, Honey Fucking Dijon. While Honey doesn’t consider herself an activist, she is acutely aware that as a trans woman of colour working in the white male-dominated world of dance music, her very success challenges the status quo. "The fact that I've been able to manifest all of these really highly creative opportunities for myself is political in itself. I mean, five years ago that wouldn't have been possible – two years ago, it wouldn't have been possible,” she says. Of course, Honey is a proud trans woman of colour, but that’s just one facet of who she is and it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Get to know the recipient of our 2019 GAY TIMES Honour for Outstanding Impact who's been making waves in the industry for decades and bringing more than just excellent beats to our clubs.
When Sex Education first launched on Netflix in January last year, not even the cast themselves anticipated the huge impact it would have. Netflix was so pleased with it they released the streaming numbers which, at 40 million for its first few weeks available, was huge for this new twist on a British teen drama.
Ncuti Gatwa plays Eric Effiong in the show, an openly gay black teen who brightens up the screen during every scene he’s in. When asked why he thinks Sex Education had the impact it did, Ncuti told his co-star Connor Swindells: “I think because it has a lot of heart to it and a lot of truth to it. And like I said, it’s tackling issues that don’t commonly get tackled, and we’re starting conversations about things that get made taboo for no reason.” He’s not wrong. A new generation of young queer people that are coming through crave and demand authenticity – and our art is thriving more for it.