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If you're not already acquainted, it's about time you meet Ari Fitz – the model, storyteller and ASOS Insider blurring gender lines creatively. For the new issue, ASOS Magazine sat down with the busy multi-hyphenate to chat self-expression and body positivity. Read on for excerpts from the conversation, and get hold of the full interview here
Ari Fitz chats to ASOS Magazine in the Autumn 18 issue | ASOS Style Feed

Picture: ASOS Magazine

How do you get dressed?

I go into my closet, play music and dance. The outfit I'm wearing screams how I'm feeling. I make sure I have menswear and womenswear elements on at all times, and always keep it a little undone, a little grungy, a little street. 

Who do you look to for style inspiration?

All the gender-bending icons: Prince, Grace Jones, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, George Michael, Coco Chanel, A$AP Rocky and Harry Styles.

What do you think of the terms 'tomboy' and 'androgynous'?

'Androgynous' fits me more [but] I use 'tomboy' for my zine Tomboyish because I like how straight girls consider themselves tomboys. It's about the fashion and identity of being masculine of centre, not who you want to go home with.

Has your online channel Tomboyish evolved since you started?

It was my personal [Instagram] account and then I made it @tomboyishmag officially this year, to give masculine of centre folks a place to talk, be and see themselves. 

How does your new web comic Wedge encourage diversity and representation?

It's about a young girl with extraordinary powers who wants her first kiss, and stars two black queer female characters. I'm tired of seeing folks like me boiled down to the way we look and love – I have depth and sides, [so] characters like me should too. We have two more books to go. 

How do you deal with negative comments?

I'm becoming really great at tuning out the b******t. I listen, though, because criticism is fundamental to growth as a creative person. I just don't have time for folks trying to break me down.


The new issue of ASOS Magazine is out now – get your copy here.