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.

Chelsea Fairless

Photo courtesy Chelsea Fairless

Although she refers to herself as a “professional fashion victim,” Chelsea Fairless has had her fingers on the pulse of forward-thinking style since long before she followed her dream of moving to New York. “I have had an interest in fashion for as long as I can remember so moving to New York and pursuing it was the logical next step for me,” Fairless says. “No regrets!” There, she became an image researcher for clients including Revlon, V Magazine and Frederic Fekkai. She then joined the multimedia fashion conglomerate Vfiles where she served as Fashion Director and co-founded Vfiles Runway, a biannual fashion show which showcases emerging talent from around the globe. She’s since relocated to Los Angeles, where she became the co-creator of the @everyoutfitonSATC Instagram, which boasts more than 330,000 followers (including Sarah Jessica Parker herself) and is currently working on a book about red carpet fashion, as well as a line of home goods (called Female Trouble) that will debut in this summer. “I’m femme, so most people assume that I’m straight,” Fairless says of being out in the business. “And if they find out that I’m not straight it doesn’t matter—fashion isn’t a particularly homophobic industry.” Her main advice to other LGBTQs in any area they work in: “Don’t assimilate!” Fairless says. “It’s basic.” —TB