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E. Jag Beckford is the founder and producer of Rainbow Fashion Week. This event is an official NYC pre-pride event and above all: it’s the first ever carbon neutral fashion week. Beckford’s Rainbow Fashion Week breaks all the rules and defies the conventional standards with non-traditional models and clothing. Meet E. Jag Beckford the Fashion Designer and LGBT activist.

Meet The Fashion Designer

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a left of center male identified female who is very passionate about making the world a better place through the fashion world.

E. Jag Beckford

Rainbow Fashion Week 2017

What made you decide to quit your day job and follow your passion?

Jobs, day or night should never define the who and what aspect of who you are. So I lived as an attorney by day and a fashionista by day and night. I supported myself three years in law school and fashion was an integral part of life.

What defines gender fluid clothing?

You. You are the only person who makes anything fluid. There is no such thing as male-female clothing, except what today's society tells you it is. Did you know that high heels were designed for English and French Male Aristocracy. And it did end there. They wore blouses instead of shirts; ruffles and ribbons instead of ties. So today's standards would qualify that as "queer" but for whose standards.

What can we expect of the Rainbow Fashion Week this year?

More world history making. Better shows, venues, and conversations.

The fashion week is carbon neutral. How did you manage to do so?

The use of generators, solar lighting, reduction of energy consumption and event friendly green environments.  Top New Media Moguls doesn't have paper, plastic or aluminum awards, but a digital award.

What or who inspires you?

The average, humble, innocent person inspires me. They see the world in the manner in which we should all see. They see life where we treat each other with respect and dignity. So I am constantly inspired to be my "best self."

Do you have a LGBT role model or someone you look up to?

Audrey Smaltz, she has done some tremendous work in the fashion industry for a group of people who were under-represented in Fashion Week.

What LGBT issues do you think need urgent attention?

  • Trafficking
  • Abuse
  • Trans justice
  • Immigrant justice
  • Education
  • LGBT teen homelessness
  • Environmental
  • Health
  • Bullying
Rainbow Fashion Week

What’s next? What are your plans or what are you up to?

Launching RFW Dream Academy, taking artist one step closer to fulfilling their dreams here as well as abroad. As they acquire hours with RFW we qualify them to travel with us as we take RFWNYC (Rainbow Fashion Week New York City) worldwide.

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