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She made a career styling wigs for Cardi B and Kylie Jenner, and now Tokyo Stylez is carving out an empire of her own - as her true self.

Not to sound cocky, but I truly believe I was born with my talent to do hair,” says Tokyo Stylez. We’ve managed to catch the hairstylist-to-the-stars in between a session with rap’s hottest thing Cardi B - other clients include Kylie Jenner, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, the list goes on - and she’s rightfully confident in her ability to turn out a wig like no other. If you’ve been ga.ed by a red carpet serve or magazine cover over the last five years, chances are Tokyo’s had something to do with it - or at least inspired whoever’s behind it. Kylie’s black bob at her Met Gala debut? That was Tokyo. Rihanna’s iconic grey hair on the cover of Tush? Tokyo. Cardi’s yellow pussycat wig on her Invasion of Privacy album cover? Yes, that was Tokyo, too. The girls know that if they want a show-stopping look, there’s one name to turn to, so it’s no surprise Tokyo’s in high-demand. “I always imagined myself doing hair,” she says, “I just never thought in my wildest dreams that it would take me around the world doing everything I wanted to accomplish in life.”

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When curating The Fashion Issue, we looked to the past, present and future, to showcase the queer trailblazers of design. Jean Paul Gaultier bids farewell to the runway, not before putting on the biggest extravaganza to close his 50-year career. We talk to the designer on the changes he’s seen throughout those five decades and his love for reinterpreting beauty standards. Celebration and reflection continue when we delve into the wild world of Dsquared2. Co-founders Dean and Dan Caten celebrate the brand’s 25th anniversary, with the expansion of their ICON line. Double denim never looked so dreamy. “We found a little factory and we paid for everything, made the samples, and we sewed them,” Dan tells us from Milan, reflecting on the beginnings of their world-famous line. “We’ve done a lot over the years and we’ve come a long way, so we’re quite proud of that,” Dan adds. “We’re still standing on our own two feet and we’re proud of that as well!” As for looking towards the future, there's no one more fitting than bombshell siren Tokyo Stylez. Call it hair styling, wig making, or weave witchcraft, the star opens up about her transition and what it’s like being the creative brains behind some of the most iconic hair looks from Kylie Jenner and Cardi B. “I just felt that it was time to stop hiding who I am because I’ve been doing that for most of my life,” she tells us. “If I wasn’t being true to myself, then how would I help anybody else who might be going through the same thing? Being unapologetic has always been my attitude, so why change that during my transition to the woman I always was?” As you travel into different times, visual aesthetics, and faces throughout this issue, the message is clear: Fashion is queer! There’s not a corner of this industry, from the designers, stylists, photographers, and even seamstresses, that the queer presence isn’t felt.