Model/filmmaker/your wife since The Real World: Ex-plosion Ari Fitz regularly discusses race, gender, love, and more on her own YouTube channel, as well as producing sleek style series Tomboyish. But her latest project, 60 Second Fitz, is something new altogether.
as a black queer andro woman getting dressed can at times feel like putting on armor.
my new series – sixty second fitz – explores this…
— Ari Fitz (@itsarifitz) August 19, 2017
The series is a hybrid of Fitz’s previous work, blending fashion, narrative, and questions of identity into a series of nutritious minute-long morsels. The combination of watching an objectively cool (fight me) person like Fitz assemble a killer outfit while earnestly parsing topics like the boxes queer people often find ourselves pushed into, the imbalances of power central to appropriation, and unlearning the sexualization of breasts and lesbian relationships is simultaneously jarring, swaggy (to borrow a phrase), and intimate. Fitz bares her skin and her soul equally — a nurturing antidote to the exclusionary, or at least vapid, approach generally associated with fashion and its people.
“Something that’s kind of dear to me is the way that I dress,” Fitz told Autostraddle in 2013. “Every morning I decide how I want to present that day, whether I want to be my hot andro butch style or if I want to be high femme that day. And I take a lot of pleasure and a lot of pride in being able to, I guess, kind of flow and not being stuck within one presentation.”
Fitz broaches this very topic in the first installment of the eight-part project, of which she’s released four videos. New episodes will premiere Tuesdays and Saturdays; Fitz says audience feedback will determine the existence and exact shape of future seasons. Check it out on YouTube, and for access to extended episodes of the series with additional commentary, support Fitz’s work on Patreon.