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What up, Miss Fitz

YOUTUBE STAR ARI FITZ SPEAKS TO ROXY BOURDILLON ABOUT FLIRTING, FASHION, AND THE DARKER SIDE OF FAME

ARI FITZ

PHOTO IDAN BARAZANI

“Look, I’m not even gonna lie, I love to talk to women. I’m just a fucking flirty ass person. It gets me in trouble! My girlfriend is so used to it. She’s like, ‘Ah, that’s just bae being bae’”.

“YouTube helped me not only find my style, but find my voice within my style”

I’m on a transatlantic Skype call with gravelly voiced, mildly hungover, “flirty-ass” YouTuber, model and storyteller Ari Fitz. I’m very aware that her hundreds of thousands of subscribers (aka “Misfitz”) would be super jealous of me right now. Hell, I’m pretty jealous of me right now, getting to experience that smooth, swaggy Ari charm firsthand.

Seduction is her specialist subject so I start off by grilling her for tips, figuring I might as well learn from a master. “Alright, I’m not even gonna bullshit, let’s go for the realness right now. A lot of girls expect one thing from me so I give them something else. I show girls my goofy side. I’ll like trip and fall on purpose. If a girl feels comfortable making fun of you, then she’s gonna feel comfortable kissing you later that night.” Noted. Who knew my clutzy nature could make me a hit with the ladies?

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Activist, model and “gender capitalist” Rain Dove is our cover star this month, the first time an openly non-binary person has appeared on DIVA’s cover since our launch in 1994. In another exciting first, we’re making history by synchronising the launch of this groundbreaking issue with iconic men’s title Gay Times, who also have Rain on their cover. Rain Dove, a former firefighter from the US, has appeared in numerous spreads for magazines like Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan, as well as ad campaigns for brands such as Calvin Klein. Famous for modelling both womenswear and menswear, Rain is part of a movement simultaneously reinventing modelling while challenging traditional ideas of binary gender. In an exclusive interview with DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon, Rain talks about the importance of pronouns, the impact working in the fashion industry has had on their self-esteem, and how they are capitalising on society’s perception of gender. Also in this issue… Scottish Labour politician Kezia Dugdale talks to DIVA editor Carrie Lyell about life after the jungle Roxy Bourdillon gets up close and personal with “flirty AF” YouTuber Ari Fitz Little acts of defiance: Comedian Suzi Ruffell tells us why she’s taking on the trolls Creating change: Filmmaker Fawzia Mirza on activism through art The future is fierce: Queer migrant poet Sonia Guiñansaca is breaking down borders Travel like you give a sh!t: Fat Gay Vegan shares his tips for moving through the world with kindness What’s next for the uprising? Plus: style, dating and so much more!