Grazia X CSM: Nine LGBTQ+ Creatives Share Their Memories Of Pride

For Pride month, three Central Saint Martins students celebrate the spirit and power of the iconic marches.

Ella Douglas and Catarina Dias Silva

by Lucy Vipond, Poppy Jasmine Hawkes and Susannah Lethbridge |

To champion the next generation of writers and image-makers, Grazia launched a competition with the fashion journalism students at Central Saint Martins, asking them to pitch ideas for our fashion pages and present them to judges including designer Bianca Saunders, writer, podcaster and CSM alumnus Trey Gaskin, stylist Bay Garnett and the British Fashion Council’s ambassador for emerging talent, Sarah Mower. The winning trio - Lucy Vipond, Poppy Jasmine Hawkes and Susannah Lethbridge – decided to use their platform to spotlight Pride. Because with many rainbow parades on hold for a second year, they wanted to celebrate the ingenuity and style of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Ella Douglas and Catarina Dias Silva
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For couple Ella and Catarina, last year's Pride saw them separated in different cities. 'We'd FaceTime every day and fall asleep to each other,' says Ella. 'This year I'm just looking forward to spending more time together.' Despite their isolation, lockdown enabled them to develop their queer identities further through research and reflection. 'A lot of people tell you how to be queer,' says Catarina. 'But being queer is what allows you to be yourself in the first place.' SLElla (on left) wears dress, £1,190, Bora Aksu. Catarina wears coat, £2,500, Lanvin; dress, £837, Bottega Veneta at Yoox (all jewellery models' own)

Otamere Guobadia
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Pride brings about reconnection for Otamere, when 'relationships and friendships blossom into a beautiful moment of connectedness, love and romance'. He's not invested in the parade itself – 'I'd just look online if I wanted to see a bunch of corporate Pride flags' – but rather the communal spirit and spontaneity of the day. When it comes to his craft, his mission is, 'to write the world I think should exist into existence.' LVOtamere wears top, £180, Molly Goddard at brownsfashion. com; jeans, £365, Alberta Ferretti; hat, £320, Emma Brewin; jewellery, his own

Kosmas and Dem the 1st
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Greeks Kosmas and Dem have very different relationships with Pride. 'Coming from an island, I couldn't express who I was,' says Dem. 'In London, I'm in the right space.' Kosmas managed to find his community as a teen. 'Around 14 I discovered the underworld of Athens. I'd dedicate weeks to making outfits to go to underground gay parties.' Both will celebrate this month in the way most authentic to them, surrounded by friends and being their unapologetic selves. LVKosmas (left) wears top, £80, Kai Collective; jacket, skirt and jewellery, all his own. Dem wears top, skirt and hat, all his own

Loraine James
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For Loraine, lockdown has meant the loss of both performing live and London Pride. She's attended the parade since she was 19 and, in the past few years, it's become a family affair. 'My mum would come with me and wear the flag around her waist, from Enfield all the way to Soho,' she says. This year, Loraine plans to host a makeshift Pride, continuing the joyful tradition. 'We haven't been together since the beginning of the pandemic, to share it with them will be really nice.' PJHLoraine wears shirt, £565, Bethany Williams

Lucia Blayke and and Emily Crooked
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London Trans+ Pride went ahead on what is usually Pride Weekend, 26 June, the anniversary of 1969's Stonewall 'It's a celebration and protest, which makes it a show of the strength of our community to be proud in the face of adversity,' says Emily, one of the event's co-founders along with Lucia, its founder, who adds, 'The world will tell you to hate yourself as a trans person and you need to be fierce enough to do the complete opposite. Love yourself as an act of resistance.'Lucia (on left) wears dress, £1,560, Taller Marmo; shoes, £795, Jimmy Choo. Emily wears top, £80, and gloves, £45, both Kai Collective; skirt, £595, Supriya Lele; sunglasses, £30, MEH; shoes, her own

Bradley Sharpe
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My favourite memory of Pride is from New York's 50th anniversary, when I broke through the barriers and into the parade,' says Bradley. 'I was interning with Marc Jacobs, and it was the best experience ever. But really, Pride doesn't have a specific month to me, it's every day.' Two years on, the CSM 2020 graduate has founded his own London-based studios. 'I didn't think it would happen this quickly. In a way, lockdown helped by giving me the time to think and just do it.' SLBradley wears waistcoat, £405, and trousers, £503, both Charles Jeffrey Loverboy; glasses, £130, MEH; gloves, £78, Miscreants

Models: Ella Douglas, Catarina Dias Silva, Otamere Guobadia, Loraine James, Lucia Blayke, Emily Crooked, Bradley Sharpe, Kosmas, Dem the 1st

Styling and words: Lucy Vipond, Poppy Jasmine Hawkes, Susannah Lethbridge

Make-up: Polly Mercer

Bookings director: Jessica Harrison

Photographer’s assistant: Jonathan Leigh

Additional photographer's assistant: Eva Stibbe Nunney

Fashion assistant: Sammiey Hughes

Digital: Gemma Gravet

With thanks to Judith Watt and Philip Clarke

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Lucia Blayke
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Otamere Guobadia
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Emily Crooked
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Loraine James
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Kosmas
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Dem the 1st
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Bradley Sharpe
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Ella Douglas and Catarina Dias Silva
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