“If every person could put the work in to understand their personal relationship with gender and then deconstruct it then this positive energy would spread out into the world.”
Why latex and what does it mean for the queer community? Michelle explains: “Latex holds a remarkable power to enable you to engage with your body in a completely new way. It hugs to your skin like a corset, allowing you to shape and mould your body to your desired form. Yet, at the same time, it is soft and moves with your body, sliding against your skin, heating and cooling you, offering a sensual escapism from your physical day to day reality,” they say.
“The entire experience of wearing latex is one of complete transcendence. When you wear latex, you experience your body both visually and physically different than ever before, you become the fantasy you desire. Thus, latex becomes a chameleon armour for queer and fluid expression.”
LUPAE, in particular, puts queer messages, models and representation to the forefront, using a lot of trans models in their photoshoots and runways. When discussing their greatest moment of visibility, Michelle responds: “When I asked Grace Oni Smith to be the face of LUPAE and the first model for my product images it was an obvious choice for me as she is one of the most beautiful and charismatic people I know,” Michelle responds.