7 Super-Inclusive, LGBTQ+ Owned Brands You Need to Know

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These under the radar lines are worth checking out

White gay men designing high-end luxury women’s fashion? Y’all know about them. But do you know about these small, indie designers killing it with their own super-inclusive, gender-bending clothing lines? Possibly not! Which is exactly why you should check them out, and then tell your friends.

CFDA-winner and New York Fashion Week darling Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat has split the fashion world wide open, breaking boundaries of what is innerwear and outerwear, what is for the bedroom and what is for the street. Of her architectural intimates and streetwear, McCharen-Tran says, “As fashion designers, we have the power to highlight and celebrate beauty in all different forms. Every fashion week is an opportunity to celebrate those inspirational people and have these incredible women and non-binary babes reflected in our runway show. It’s not a trend—it’s our life.”

You can check out Chromat’s most recent endeavor, a futuristic, decidedly non-normative collaboration with M.A.C Cosmetics, when it hits makeup counters June 29.

Ready to Stare
Alysse Dalessandro started Ready to Stare, a clothing brand specifically oriented toward plus-size femmes, more than five years ago because she wanted to create a brand for folks who had been left out of mainstream fashion. “I wanted to create a haven for those who get stared at because they're different and who choose, instead of hiding, to stare back and keep shining,” Dalessandro said over email. “Over the years, it's been extremely important to me to create imagery that I longed for growing up: people of all sizes and all genders boldly and confidently being their most authentic selves.”

Today, Ready to Stare houses Dalessandro’s fashion brand alongside her personal style blog and other resources. Definitely check out her “Thank You For Staring” lookbook, which is explicitly LGBTQ+ and size inclusive.

Play Out
Play Out is a queer-owned brand that designs gender-neutral underwear and features visibly LGBTQ+ models in its campaigns. But inclusivity was never optional, Play Out designer and founder Abby Sugar says. “As a queer-owned brand, we knew that we wanted to create something for our LGBTQIA family, but also embody and proudly display who we are to the rest of the [heterosexual, binary-gendered] world.”

Play Out has intentionally worked with diverse groups of models of all backgrounds. They’ve also partnered with FlatTopper Pride, working with topless models who have undergone double mastectomies without reconstructive surgery for ad campaigns. 

Tyler Wallach Studios
Tyler Wallach brings bold, bright graphics to its clothing, featuring street characters, streamlined shapes, and unisex designs that can be worn by people of any gender. The New York-based Texas native has a background as a visual artist, which is apparent in the strong, fearless lines that would seem equally at home on the wall in MoMA as on a person’s body.

In addition to fashion, Wallach also works as an interactive artist with canvas, producing multiple large-scale paintings a year that are donated and auctioned off by national LGBTQ+ charities, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to at-risk youth and anti-bullying efforts.

Rebirth Garments
With Rebirth Garments, Sky Cubacub is leading a revolution with gender non-conforming wearables for people on the full spectrum of sizes, abilities, and genders. And when Cubacub says “the full spectrum,” they mean it: Rebirth Garments is inclusive and representative in its imagery and garment customization like few, if any, brands have been. Every garment is customized, and brand photography features models of all sizes and genders, doing splits and backbends, in wheelchairs and with oxygen masks.

“Rebirth Garments challenges mainstream beauty standards that are sizeist, ableist, and conform to the gender binary,” Cubacub says. “Instead, we maintain the notion of Radical Visibility, a movement based on claiming our bodies and, through the use of bright colors, exuberant fabrics, and innovative designs, highlighting the parts of us that society typically shuns.”

Kirrin Finch
Women and femmes don’t always want to wear dresses. Founded by real-life partners Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders Moffat, Kirrin Finch brings eco-conscious, androgynous, and tomboy styles to the masses. The name of the company was inspired by iconic fictional tomboys Georgina Kirrin, from The Famous Five series, and Scout Finch, from To Kill A Mockingbird. 

“Many women, trans folks, and gender non-conforming people don't feel comfortable in frilly clothes and prefer the more functional aspects of men's clothes. We think people should be free to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable,” Moffat says. “We understand that shopping for clothing is something that can be traumatic, either consciously or subconsciously, for our customers. Something as basic as using our shirt's design to de-emphasize a person's bust can make a world of difference.”

Dottie’s Delights
Over the last few years, Stephanie Kuhr has been at the forefront of the retro revolution in the indie lingerie world. Her designs have been worn by Nicole Kidman and Lizzy Caplan but are popular for their accessibility; in every collection, Kuhr produces items across a range of price points and sizes, with the opportunity for customization. All items are handmade by Kuhr and a small team of seamstresses between Nashville and Chicago.

In a previous interview (disclaimer: I stock Dottie’s Delights in my own store, Bluestockings), Stephanie said, “People may be surprised to find out that I'm not actually very girly in my personal life, even though my line tends to present itself that way. Blame it on being a Gemini or somewhere on the queer spectrum, I don't know, but I love the duality. I've always been a fan of playing around with gender expression in a variety of different ways. I think I started Dottie's Delights, in part, because it was a way for me to explore a really feminine side of my personality.”

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.