Wen sees fashion as a form of queer community building and has participated in various queer masculine visibility projects, collaborating with photographers and fashion bloggers to experiment how style can be an accessible form of queer outreach. Her collaborative works have appeared on media platforms including BuzzFeed, Colorline, TimeOut, DapperQ, and Qwear.


Dapper Chicks of New York is a project that brings a community together through showing gender fluidity in men's fashion. 

 
While ‘dapper style’ might traditionally speak to men’s style, it’s clear that with the changing of the leaves comes the perfect time for everyone to play around with this look.
Wen won the 3rd place for "Top 10 Stud Crushes of 2015" by Autostraddle
dapperchicks

Hey Queer Photo Project is a photographic series on queer Asian fasion. While HQ starts with fashion, it is not the sole purpose of the project. What we hope to do is to build a queer community where queer Asians who are not traditionally masculine presenting or androgynous can feel confident in expressing their styles and individuality. The way we think about style is not how well one mimics a fashion icon or a particular trend, but how one express their characteristics freely and originally. We hope to change the stereotypical representations of queer Asian in the mainstream, or the lack thereof, through the project.

Truthfully, fashion is not the sole purpose of the project. We think what is more important is building a queer community where people feel comfortable with expressing their styles and individuality. Especially for female-bodied queer Asians, there is not as much public space in the LGBTQ communities. So we hope to demonstrate that queer Asians can have fun and be confident, while looking sharp.

Liu talked about what it’s like to be a masculine queer Asian: ‘I don’t know if that’s about the stereotype of queer Asians or queer butch women, but we’re mostly invisible...Even when you think you are butch-presenting, you won’t be taken seriously as someone who’s masculine. Being Asian is already seen as effeminate.’

‘Hey Queer’ uses incredible detail to capture the subjects within their surroundings, demonstrating how culture affects our clothing. Wen told me that fashion is just a starting point; this project is really looking at culture and the interaction of people and spaces. For this reason they focus on full bodied shots in surroundings that capture something about their subject’s personality or experience.
Collaborative project with NYC-based illustrator, Julia Yellow.

Collaborative project with NYC-based illustrator, Julia Yellow.

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