Gigi Gorgeous on Being a Role Model and the Importance of a Great Manicure

So I think it’s just a blessing and a privilege that sharing my story gets me in that category of role model status. Together, we have our bets that the duo are quite possibly the most powerful trans couple in the world. There’s so many more trans people that are visible online. I feel like everyone is sharing their stories more openly, proudly, and honestly than ever before. I will say, I don’t know if I can say anything else, but it’s coming. But it made me think differently about it. If people want to call me a role model then let them call me a role model don’t shy away from it. I’m a role model. There’s no more impactful hotline in my eyes. How has the digital landscape shaped your coming-of-age story and how do you translate that journey into young trans girls and boys growing up online?When I started online, it was pure fun. I mean, it’s a scary place, don’t get me wrong, but the light is so much brighter now. But with the Trevor Project, they’re the most impactful hotline in my eyes.What’s the importance of having a great manicure?If you know me at all, you know I’m obsessed with nails that go with my outfits. I wasn’t inspired back then. And for me, it’s my whole life. What’s a project you’d love to tackle next as we move into the later half of 2021?There are things on the horizon. Five years ago, it was being detained in Dubai for being trans.The ordered chaos in which Gigi lives her life isn’t one to scoff at — managing movie deals and makeup collaborations while living her life alongside spouse Nats Getty. Honestly, it’s a serve.Related | Nats Getty on Becoming His Authentic SelfGigi’s always predated queer-coded internet spaces though, first joining YouTube in 2008 as a gay and bubbly fashion student. So it’s unfortunate, but it’s really inspiring to see people turn up. “Who has time for sitting in a salon when you’re helping save the world,” Gigi jokes. It wasn’t a dark place, but there was no bright trans crowd light on the internet. So when Dashing Diva asked what charity I wanted to give to, it had to be the Trevor Project. It definitely is a boost of confidence for me. I feel like it just makes everything you do look sexier and makes your hands look better. So it’s a nice thing you can do for yourself, especially with press-on nails, you could do it in literally, like, under two minutes. It’s nice that people are still making the effort, because it is only one month out of the entire year. Campaigns are still happening, people are being visible online, people are doing little virtual things. I know when I don’t have my nails done or when a nail is missing, it’s not cute. How is this Pride different from past years for you?I went to my first Pride as an underage teen in downtown Toronto. She became known as one of social media’s most visible trans influencers. After publicly transitioning as a transwoman a few years later, Gigi’s open nature catapulted her into the spotlight. But it’s called Queerified. But now I am. It definitely is before the end of the year, but it’s gonna be fabulous.Photos courtesy of Dashing Diva It’s just nice to feel extra seen this month.With this partnership, Dashing Diva donated $15,000 to one of your favorite charities, the Trevor Project. It was mind blowing. Right now it’s her new podcast with her best friend, Mimi. My podcast just launched, we just did our second episode, we’re babies. There was no hope or dreams of sharing my story or letting strangers into my world and my everyday reality. PAPER caught up with Gigi to discuss her love for podcasts, the color pink and how a manicure can elevate your outfit. I’m not claiming to be perfect, I’m just living my life but if I can be a role model for anyone I feel like that’s an amazing thing because I know how it feels to look up to my role models.You have your hands in so many projects — your book, YouTube, and documentary are all so integral to the way you live as a content creator. Gigi Gorgeous is anything but boring. It’s an honor she’s carved out to include activism, beauty deals, and multi-platform media projects.For Pride Month, Gigi is working with Dashing Diva on a capsule collection of press-on nails, an element integral to those oh-so-iconic cheerful outfits splashed across her Instagram. With Dashing Diva, we have something coming that is very exciting, and very amazing. I was like, I’m lucky to be put in this place. I just feel like you’re a click away from knowing and seeing somebody that you can relate with.Being so visible on social media and within your book about your gender expression journey, do you feel there’s a pressure to act as this trans icon, and how has that affected the way you use your platform?I used to be uncomfortable with the term “role model.” But I was listening to a podcast and I heard this person talking about being a role model. I’ve done tons of one off deals, I’d like to say you know where it just benefits me and the company I’m working with, whether it’s a campaign or a YouTube video and Instagram post, whatever, but I always like to keep it on brand. I don’t want to be a role model. It’s a great way of self-love and self-care. I feel like people often shy away from it, thinking, I’m not perfect. It makes your jewelry pop. Ever since then, I’ve fallen in love with Pride and it means everything to me. With more headlines than one can count, there’s always something going on in Gigi’s world. With Dashing Diva donating $15,000 to the Trevor Project at Gigi’s request, it’s not a far stretch to say she’s a trans superhero for queer youth. I didn’t really see people who look like me or people that I could relate with in any way. And the guest on the podcast said, “I am proud to be a role model. It’s with my best friend and co-host Mimi, so I’m very excited for that. I’m watching people on the phone, talking to people who are suicidal, who are going through it. Growing up, I have dreamed about being a role model.” And I was like, That’s a different look on it. It’s just such a magical place. It’s been hard these last few weeks — especially last year since everything was virtual — so this year it’s been kind of the same. Like, just give yourself 10 minutes, pour a glass of wine, get your nails all cute.You’ve lived your life so openly online. She’s a recent convert to press-on nails. How important is it to collaborate with brands and companies who do more than just monetize off of queer aesthetics?When I first knew of the Trevor Project, I’ll never forget the moment and I saw the actual people on the phone talking down queer youth on the verge of suicide, I was like, Oh my god.