Dezjorn Gauthier is way more than just a pretty face. A professional male model with the all-transgender modeling agency,TranscendenceIconCo, Gauthier is also a teacher, law student at Washington University School of Law and an activist/advocate with the transgender rights movement. Gauthier is behind I Am Here, I Am He, the official brand behind his career with the mission of “Helping Create Gentlemen Worldwide” by educating, empowering and inspiring folks everywhere.
We have got the biggest crush.
Name: Dezjorn Gauthier
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Projects/Brand: I Am Here, I Am He LLC is the official brand of transgender model Dezjorn Gauthier. “Helping create gentleman worldwide.” Educate, Empower, Inspire.
Where can we find you on the web? Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube. I have a website coming up really soon.
Wear Your Voice: How do you describe your style? What informs it?
Dezjorn Gauthier: My style is best known as dapper or GQ. I am normally seen in suits and well groomed. However, you might catch me in jeans and plain tee with some yeezys. Depending on my mood and where I am going. Even in the airport I will still travel in a suit because that’s my known style, but I can travel in comfort. For example, airport suits are normally lighter (no lining, light material, wrinkle resistant) with loafers for easy TSA checkpoint and no bowtie, versus a suit for a panel discussion at a conference. This is when the color tie I wear matters all the down to the style of shoe, depending on how formal the event is.
WYV: What inspired your career? How did you get started?
DG: I have been modeling since six months in pageants and top brands like McDonalds, Huggies and Coke. The spring of 2014 Barneys New York did a feature on 17 transgender models; this was my breakthrough, after my transition from female to male. I started to see how many people I was inspiring to continue to follow their dreams; I, too, continue to follow mine. I had surgery approaching and before the law changed I needed to pay out of pocket thousands of dollars, so I held a celebration called a “Manniversary.” This is when trans*men celebrate their transition/rebirth/ becoming their truth. Besides celebrating with friends and family, I utilized this as an opportunity to raise money for my surgery by hosting an auction with donated items. My first year, I raised almost $1,000 with a small crowd. This influenced me to start my own brand. Now you can purchase posters, framed photographs, t-shirts, hats and other apparel. I also give back to the community by hosting my manniversary auction annually linking with non-profit Point of Pride by Aydian Dowling to donate to other trans* individuals’ surgeries around the world. As well as annual laptop scholarships, back to school supplies, FTM packing prosthetics and travel grants to transgender educational events.
Today, I model for top fashion brands, managed out of New York City by the world’s first transgender company, travel all over the United States (soon to be international), speak at local universities and conferences, appear in commercials and TV shows and [serve as a] brand ambassador for several transgender owned businesses.
My overall inspiration are my fans and followers. Each smile I see is touching. I know that if I am a role model and inspiration to someone, that’s one more life saved. As I say, “Always be you, you are here!”
WYV: Who are your three top StyleCrushes?
DG: My good friend Laith Ashley De La Cruz, Jaden Smith and David Beckham are all inspirations to me. Laith is an inspiration because we grew in the model industry together as transgender male models. This guy looks good in anything! My favorite is his jeans, plain tee and gold watch look…so casual and the ladies love it.
What I love about Jaden is this kid will express himself whenever and however. He is not worried about society and following gender norms. My favorite is his black kilt/skirt while shirtless.
Beckham is a long time style crush; he was one of the first athletes I followed based on fashion. His suit look is my favorite. He too looks good in anything.
As GQ covers artists and athletes, I am attracted to how they can transform a celebrities known look into pure dapperness. A lot of time I may not even be interested in the celebrity they’re featuring but the clothing that is being featured! If you’ve been in GQ you’ve inspired my wardrobe.
WYV: Where do you shop?
DG: I shop in all types of stores to find the best deal, but I do have my favorites. H&M, Brooks Brothers, Aldo Shoes, outlets such as Nautica & Calvin Klein, discount spots like TJMAXX and Burlington Coat Factory, other spots like Macy’s, Zara and online stores as well.
WYV: Who are your favorite designers and which brands are you drawn to?
DG: I really love Calvin Klein, Nautica, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and the masculine Coach collections.
Calvin Klein has always been a favorite because before and during my transition it was the only brand I could fit in properly without having to spend a lot on tailoring. CK allows slim fit men like me to have options. This is the same with Express; they have slim fit sizes that allow me to build a wardrobe with options.
My wife got me into Coach. As we shopped more and more it became more and more appealing. Coach gave me quality at a reasonable price. Coach has since broadened their men’s collection but from my belt to my wallet is Coach.
When it comes to Nautica, I like the nautical theme and have always worn it since I was a child. Over the years they too have opened the door for smaller men.
What is important to understand is that being a transman, I am shorter with a smaller build, and it was very difficult finding articles of clothing that would fit. This is one of the biggest problems with modeling for these brands. At one point I would shop for shirts in the children’s department because it would give me that tailored tight look but would again get difficult because the sleeves may be too short or something did not look proportional. Brands are now starting to include slim and extra slim fits in their collections.
WYV: How do you wear your voice?
DG: I am my own billboard. One’s wardrobe presents a lot about them, I am very specific in what I wear to events. I also understand that am a public figure and represent the transgender community (more specifically trans people of color) so it is my duty to represent these communities the best of my ability; starting with my attire as first impression.