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ANDREA DI GIOVANNI attends Berlin Pride in HOM

@THEHOUSEOFMANN thank you so much for making me look so fab! ILYSM💕💕💕
— @ANDREADIGIOVANNI

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#BerlinPridew@tiktok_deutschland&@eie.euPart 1🌈⁣

Danke Tik Tok & Enough is Enough for flying me to Berlin to celebrate Pride!⁣

Representing the genderfluid community meant the world and I felt so celebrated and loved

Thank you to all the amazing people who made this weekend so special, wait for part 2 cos more queer magic will be coming onto your feed✨⁣

Wearing@thehouseofmann
Shades@skinnydiplondon
Glitter@areaeighteen
Lipstick@essens_official

About Andrea

Music really is a powerful thing. It’s a form of expression, a creative outlet, and in the case of Italian singer-songwriter Andrea Di Giovanni, and expression of truth.  

Born into a strictly observant Catholic family, Andrea grew up in Rome as the middle child between his older brother and younger sister. His mother, who came from a large Italian family, installed in him the values of sticking together and protecting each other… something Andrea still holds dear. 

Despite his close family unit, it was outside of the family home that Andrea struggled to fit into society. Diagnosed with Vitiligo at the age of 5, and teased for his feminine manners, he was an easy target for bullies as a child. Becoming aware of his own sexuality from a young age left him confused about his feelings, often feeling shameful and full of guilt. His only release was to sing, and when he did so, he felt completely invincible. 

Taking his inspiration from the greats; Whitney Houston, Mary J Blige, Michael Jackson and Queen, Andrea started singing lessons at the age of 8 years old. Though he respected his mother’s wishes and finished his education, it wasn’t long before Andrea was making a name for himself within the Italian music industry. Chosen as the face of Song4Life, a national alcohol awareness campaign and participating in the TV show Amici di Maria de Filippi, he began to carve out his own story. 

Struggling with life in the limelight, Andrea experienced episodes of anxiety and depression but found solace and strength through his songwriting.  In 2016 his single ‘Hold Me Once More’ was picked up by MTV New Generation, and he was named Artist of the Month. 

Making the decision to be the master of his own destiny, Andrea packed his bags and headed to London, not only in pursuit of a career in music but in search of a place where he felt more comfortable expressing his sexuality. 

Since his move to the capital, Andrea’s career has gone from strength to strength; having performed at Brighton Pride in front of 300,000 people, as well as a very special live show at Shepherds Bush Empire as part of his final showcase for his university course at BIMM. He has also filmed a live session with Sofar Sounds London and has clocked up hundreds of thousands of views on his Vevo channel. 

Having focused on his writing over the last year, Andrea is set to release a number of new singles in the next few months. Influenced by a wide variety of styles and genres, his delivery of playful, quirky electronic pop is enough to get you moving, yet at the same time, his compelling honesty makes you want to stop and listen intently. 

“Nowadays where everything else is polluted, art remains the only pure form of communication; only art speaks the real truth about society and you can't tame it.”  - Andrea Di Giovanni 

It is this honesty, raw at times, that is the center of Andrea’s love for fashion.  Mixing the androgynous style often portrayed by designers like Alexander McQueen or Balenciaga, with black leather, weird shapes, and textures, he believes that the clothes you wear should be an extension of your soul. 

His individual flair and charisma caught the eye of Drag Race superstar Ru Paul, who has supported him openly on Twitter. This became a significant milestone for Andrea, who felt even more enabled to push the boundaries of a 'masculine' society and embrace his individuality. 

His favourite quote remains:

Unless they're paying your bills, pay them b*tches no mind - RuPaul

SOURCE: http://andreadigiovanni.it

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Queen Lactatia for The House of Mann

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CLIP FROM PAPER MAGAZINE

Our beloved 9-year-old bb drag princess Queen Lactatia is the new covergirl of queer artist and designer Brandon Hilton's fashion label House of Mann. That's the good news. As Montreal's most fiercely unapologetic beacon of authenticity, what would Lactatia, born Nemis Quinn Mélançon Golden, ever have to be sorry about? He's nine, and inspiring.

'Nuff said.

Apparently, all it takes for the underground surge of five-headed swamp trolls to rise these days is presenting a non-normative identity, and like, existing. So, the bad news — and it makes us cry — but the announcement, hailed by a series of iconic shots featuring Lactatia in a sequined full-coverage onesie — was followed by death threats and accusations of sexual abuse, ranging from 4chan and Twitter and spreading to right-wing outlets like The Daily Caller and Breitbart News. Hilton said he even received anonymous threats claiming someone ordered a hit to kill him via Bitcoin. Severe.

It should go without saying that Hilton and Lactatia have a professional relationship that seems built on artistry and mutual trust. Hilton, a professional drag queen himself, had heard about the sensational 9-year-old, and fully intended on making something for Lactatia to wear from his clothing line. Culturally speaking and for context, this is of course in line with how up-and-coming drag queens often have more established drag mothers who look out for them, lending outfits, booking them as opening acts for their shows, etc. Needless to say it's an act of love, family, and community. "We were completely planning on making her something original, but she picked the sequin onesie off the website and loved it," Hilton said in an interview with HuffPost. "So we made one in her size and sent it to her. Then her mom took photos of her in it."

To the haters, Hilton had this to say on Twitter:

Lactatia's mother similarly shut down critics who felt that Lactatia was somehow being sexualized in the images. "People fundamentally do not understand what drag and drag performance is," she told HuffPost. "Consequently, those people do not want to understand it either, so it makes explaining or defending it useless. We were honored that House of Mann chose to gift Lactatia with an amazing drag piece, especially since it was custom to size. It's hard finding drag-appropriate attire in kid's sizes."

Related | Killer Portraits of 8-Year-Old Drag Queen Lactatia 

What's important to note is that Hilton's decision to have Queen Lactatia be the face of his work plays a major role in the journey toward self-acceptance for all kids who color outside the lines. I can't speak for everyone, but if the 9-year-old me saw this 9-year-old back then, the world would've felt like a much safer, less scary, less monstrous, more free and colorful world. And also, do people have eyes? The image of Queen Lactatia in question is glorious, not condemnable.