Activist, publicist and reality TV star Yaya Mavundla is known for being at the forefront of advocating for inclusivity within the LGBTIQ+ community – and with the launch of her clothing line, the mandate remains the same.
Named Queer Comfort, the range is the embodiment of fashion with a purpose and is meant to mainly assist transgender people with access to hormones and education. Fifty percent of the profit will go towards efforts that will assist Black transgender women in accessing hormones.
Speaking to TRUELOVE about the idea behind the clothing line, Yaya says she was inspired to start it when people abroad started noticing her style.
“The last time I was at World Pride in New York I ended up in a float that I was not initially part of because they liked what I wore,” she explained.
"I recently went to Milano Pride and half my time I spent there I was posing for pictures, people wanted to be photographed with me because they liked my outfit. This made me realise that since I come from a space where I know what it is like not to have access to hormones and support with education as a Black Transgender person, I realised I can use this collection to fix that. I just want people like me to be comfortable. This is my gift to myself and my peers,” she explains.
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The collection will be made available in South Africa in October 2022 during South Africa’s Pride Month. It will also be available in New York, Oslo, Paris, Belgium and many other countries where Mavundla will partner with LGBTIQ+ organisations to sell the collection.
Let’s take a look at some items from the collection:
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