100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Becca McCharen-Tran

Photo by Art Streiber

“Being a part of the queer community in NYC is everything to me,” says cutting-edge fashion superstar Becca McCharen-Tran, a Virginia native who founded Chromat, a brand of swim and athletic wear designed for strong, powerful women. Drawing from her background in architecture, McCharen-Tran launched Chromat seven years ago as an architectural womenswear line. Using high-tech fabrics and performance-enhancing designs, Chromat collections are where fashion, architecture and technology converge. McCharen-Tran’s bold, innovative approach to clothing design focuses on perfectly fit garments that empower women—and the fashion world definitely approves. In 2015, Chromat was nominated for the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Just before that, McCharen-Tran made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of “People Who Are Reinventing the World.” Chromat has garnered considerable attention from the world’s hottest and most iconoclastic celebrities. Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Madonna, just to name a few, have rocked Chromat designs. But McCharen-Tran isn’t taking all of the credit—collaborations with engineers, artists and scientists help make the magic happen, she explains. When asked about the most rewarding aspect of her work, she says, “Collaborating with other artists, musicians, scientists and activists is definitely the best part of the job.” –SLO