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Gender Diaries: Lane Moore

As the world continues to push against gender constructs, the conversation around how people are identifying themselves is constantly evolving. Each week, MILK.XYZ will feature a guest editor writing about their specific relationship with gender and, often, where it intersects with fashion. This week, we feature Lane Moore, an award-winning comedian and author of “How To Be Alone: If You Want To And Even If You Don’t” out via Atria Books. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

I’ve always loved fashion so much, partly because I’m so many different people, and fashion lets you channel that energy in such a magical way.

I’m a comedian, actor, musician, writer, and now author of a book called How To Be Alone: If You Want To And Even If You Don’t, that just came out November 6th and my clothes reflect that “I want to be constantly creating, constantly making everything into art,” momentum.

I’ve always kind of envied people who had one set style so their closet was just a wardrobe of one look because mine is not at all. There’s the me who dresses like a Stevie Nicks witch, the me who is a 1996 wannabe Delia’s model, the me who loves looking like a 1940s actress, and the me who dresses like a member of The Strokes. I’m a lot of people.

I’m inspired by everything, ‘90s witches, old dance costumes, androgyny, hyper femininity, fuckboy fashion. I love playing with gender and what we think of when we think of gender. Who gets to wear masculine clothing? Is it just really thin bodies? I don’t think so at all. I love playing with the limitations we give to clothes and bending and breaking them because it’s truly exciting to me.

Fashion has always been my way of getting to be who I truly am and communicate it through colors and patterns. It’s also absolutely a coping mechanism. Always has been. Picking the right outfit truly is like putting on my wonder woman cape to face the world.

Images courtesy of Amber Marlow

Stay tuned to Milk for more Gender Diaries and see our previous installments here.  

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