Meet six curvy queers expanding the notions of LGBTQ beauty

In our latest photo essay, LGBTQ Atlanta residents show off with local photographer Jon Dean and open up about embracing their shape and defining their style among sometimes-exclusionary standards.

Adam Zee (top photo)

Instagram @cardboardrealness

Personal Style in Three Words: Practical, Tacky, Glam

Favorite Accessory: Pearls

Favorite Place to Shop: Value Village

How do you embrace being a curvy queer?

“If you can be a confident, happy fat person in this world, nothing can stop you. So I strive for that. People are really comfortable openly hating fat people, but that's their shit, not my shit. Because what other people think of me is none of my fucking business."

 

Amanda Joy

Instagram @that_artsy_amanda

Personal Style in Three Words: Playful, Comfy, Cute

Favorite Accessory: A red lip

Favorite Place to Shop: TBH Anywhere with a plus section

How do you embrace being a curvy queer?

“I try to appreciate the body I’m honored to inhabit, by wearing and doing things that make make my body look and feel good! I especially like to wear the things I was afraid to when I was younger and thinner. Crop tops for everyone!”

 

Tim Scott

Instagram @newbondage

Personal Style in Three Words: Gaudy, Monotonous, Dated

Favorite Accessory: Sterling silver rings

Favorite Place to Shop: A mix between Value Village and band shirts that my friends make

How do you embrace being a curvy queer?

“Never skip my fourth meal aka Taco Bell.”

 

Kenedee Hodges

Instagram @kenedeehodges

Personal Style in Three Words: Business Sport Hoe

Favorite Accessory: My red sunglasses and a red lip

Favorite Place to Shop: Goodwill and Old Navy

“Over time, I have embraced my body through dress. More recently I have been feeling more confident in my sexuality and my appearance and can dress without boundaries. I express myself through drama and color in my wardrobe. I make things, I alter things, and I can work things like no other.

"I experiment with different types of fashion, and I have truly embraced my body and dress to flatter myself. My body doesn't get in the way of the fashion I'm interested in, because life is too short for me to worry about if my rolls don't look right in some fashion trends.

"Style and being queer go hand in hand because they're both open to interpretation. I feel like style has made me more comfortable in my queerness ultimately because it's made me more comfortable in myself. I dress how I want, I like who I want, and overall, I do what I want and I love that.”

 

Shanna Hullaby

Instagram @eatwritecry

Personal Style in Three Words: Feminine, Rad, Black

Favorite Accessory: Yellow Jimmy Choo backpack

Favorite Place to Shop: The Shanghai Technology Center in Shanghai, China, Didi’s and Value Village in ATL

How do you embrace being a curvy queer?

“My Blackness and my curves are the first thing people see, and I wear both as proudly as my name. As a femme, I experience a lot of invisibility in the queer community, which can be disheartening. I take care of myself, and I don’t apologize for my size or my body. I am beautiful. Self care is a radical act, and I try to live my life in the raddest way possible.”

 

Ryan Evans

Instagram @daddiedearest

Personal Style in Three Words: Fitted, 90s, Dad

Favorite Accessory: Hat

Favorite Place to Shop: Any place I can find that clothes that fit me - Goodwill, K&G, Old Navy.

How do you embrace being a curvy queer?

Being comfortable in my skin was a challenge for me growing up. It wasn’t until I started doing drag that I really embraced the body that Taco Bell gave me. Performing burlesque numbers in front of hundreds of people will really give a person confidence. Now I will stomp around wearing whatever I can get my hands on that fits my Dad aesthetic, and those that don’t like it can suck a dick.

All photos by Jon Dean Photography for Q magazine. Rights reserved. This photo essay originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue below: