Model/Performer Stephen Garcia Spotted at Denver Fashion Weekend

From November 9 through November 12, 303 Magazine put on a string of three fashion shows, in the seasonal social offering that is Denver Fashion Weekend. While the fashion on the runway was nothing short of amazing, there was great style off the runway as well. One standout ensemble came courtesy of local performer, model, and creative, Stephen Garcia, who loves pink and made it work during night one of the fashion shows. We spoke with him to learn what inspires him and how he concocted this eye-grabbing look.

This silver shirt was a gift from Garcia's boyfriend.

This silver shirt was a gift from Garcia’s boyfriend.
Photo by Mauricio Rocha

Westword: Who or what inspires your style?

Stephen: I draw my style from many places. My Mexican/Samoan culture, my queerness, the call to challenge my own masculinity and limits, people I respect and more. The need to put those things at the front of my identity in plain sight really pushes me to dress the way I do. Especially in today’s violent, racist and homophobic climate. I guess it’s a small form of resistance. Also my boyfriend. He has the best eye for fashion and styles my outfits all the time. He really pushes me to be the best me in fashion and in life.

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What is your profession?

I have a corporate job. Not what I want to be doing forever, but it works for now.

Are you from Colorado?

I was born and raised right here in Denver. It’s being hit with a lot of gentrification, but it’s still home.

What is your favorite color?

I think my favorite color is pink. It just looks good against brown skin I think.

Garcia's earrings feature Loteria cards, "El Borracho, which means the drunk," he says. "They were a gift from my older sister, Ana."EXPAND

Garcia’s earrings feature Loteria cards, “El Borracho, which means the drunk,” he says. “They were a gift from my older sister, Ana.”

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