Welcome to Seven Minutes in Heaven, GO Magazine’s interview series that profiles a different queer babe each day, by asking them seven unique (and sometimes random) questions. Get to know the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of the groundbreaking, fierce forces-of-nature in the queer community.
I love how creative our LGBTQ family is. Gabby Kirschberg is the founder of online style blog, Dapper Tomboy. She has has been passionate about fashion since high school and now runs her own fashion digital space for other queer women like her. Dapper Tomboy recently celebrated in style with an amazing holigay party and we were there. Gabby does such an incredible job keeping up with Dapper Tomboy and providing a space for all of us to feel more seen — so we wanted to get to know her a little better.
Get to know the woman behind all the dapper style in today’s Seven Minutes in Heaven!
GO Magazine: Can you tell our readers a little more about Dapper Tomboy and the genesis of the blog?
Gabby Kirschberg: Dapper Tomboy is a style blog for people breaking barriers of gender biased fashion. I feel like no matter your gender identity or sexual identity, being a dapper tomboy is about expressing yourself through your fashion. The blog is all about finding yourself and your style. I love that people can find comfort in finding people who are just like them and find maybe they aren’t so different after all.
GO: What is the driving force behind your career/activism?
GK: When I was in high school, fashion was a huge part of my identity. I wasn’t really in the closet, but I wasn’t super out either. I’d come to school everyday in bow ties & boy’s clothes and that made me happy. It didn’t matter what others thought about it. I’ve always wanted others to feel that confidence in what they wear and what it means to them.
GO: Where do you go for inspiration when you’re feeling discouraged or depleted?
GK: Besides having such huge support from family & friends, I always go on the internet. Tumblr has such a big place in my heart. It’s just a big community of people who share what they love. Whether people are sharing their stories, their style, or their art, it feels like coming home.
GO: Why do you think it’s so important to have visibility for masculine presenting women?
GK: It opens doors for so many out there that struggle with not relating to society’s idea of what feminine identify is. I think women embracing their masculine identity helps so many people who feel forced into gender norms.
GO: Who are your queer role models?
GK: Kate McKinnon and Ellen Page. Ellen is someone who actually really helped me find myself. I loved watching her in movies like Juno & Whip It playing straight characters who had these really cool & unique tomboy styles.
GO: How would you describe your style in three words?
GK: Dapper 😝, cool, & comfortable.
GO: Where can people find you?