GiGi Gorgeous

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Gigi Gorgeous is a Youtube, socialite, actress, author, model, activist, and now podcaster…with millions of followers & as a media sweetheart, she has used her platform to share her life journey and has inspired members of our community to be true to themselves, live your life, and look fabulous doing it, no matter who you are….Gigi is featured in our Pride issue of Metrosource magazine, now available on newsstands around the nation or at Metrosource.com. 

On this episode, we chat with Gigi about her new podcast, Queerified, and we talk about keeping your identity in the influencer world, coming out, the emergence of a growing LGBTQ community, becoming a role model to youth, what a typical day in the life of Gigi is, and how to maintain a healthy relationship in the midst of a media whirlwind....hosted by Alexander Rodriguez.

This is metrosource many, the officialpodcast to metro sorts magazine and home of short form interviews with yourfavorite personalities from the lgbt world and be quick fun and informative.It's metal source on the go out in cousins. Make nice well hello, hello, hello! This is metrohorse minies! I'm your host alexandra rodrigez lead rider for metro source,an avid podcaster. What is gorgeous to me? Somebody can be gorgeous inside orout. Well, what happens if you are both g g gorgeous is a youtube youtube,socialized actress, author model activists and now podcast her withmillions and followers and as immediate sweetheart. She has used her platformto share her life journey and has inspired members of our community to betrue to themselves. Live your life, look fabulous doing it! No matter whoyou are ggs featured in our pride issue of metrosource magazine now availableon new stands around the nation or at metro sorca. Please welcome g ggorgeous okay, hansford so happy to be here. Thank you that intra was so sweetand i'm looking forward to speaking with you, i can tell you, you beenleisurely at home- looks different than me being leisurely at home. There'slike socks hanging out like judge judy's on in the corner, and there'slike laundry and you're just luxuriating how you know it. Oaza looks like you have smoky eye and i have raccoonee from insomina. So gg you are so busy. Your empire isgrowing literally every day. What inspired you to start queered ofqueried, which is the latest podcast? That's eating up the air waves. You know what i've always wanted. Apodcast like talking obviously is like my it's, my forte. I've always loved,talking, loving love, getting to know people and i feel like with this wholepodcast wave. I've been listening to more podcast than ever. So whenever ilisten to one, i really make sure that i like one that i can take step awayfrom. So it's not just a fun. Listen! It's not like just listening to youknow. People keep king, it's kind of it's something more than that rightlike taking away something that you are like wow. I didn't know that before orwhether you know the person or not it's like you're, taking away something thatyou didn't know before. You listened and i feel like that's what we try todo with queried. My co host is my best friend and longest friend ever. I don'treally have very many long term friends, but he is my best friend of eighteenyears and we have the best time we've just started. I think we just launchedour fourth episode, so we're raising to beginning stages, but if you guys areinto if you're in for a new podcast, please check out clarified. It is sucha fun listen and we are just at the tip...

...of the iceberg, because we have tonsmore guests and stories to tell well. You know it's funny with podcastingduring ovid. We all binge watch netflix and hulu, but our community got kind oftired of that. You know watching the same kind of content, so podcastingwent up like forty five percent during ovid, and these are listeners that arestaying around because it's a whole new way to get your content. What i loveabout podcasting is, you could listen to it all at once. You can listen to iton the treadmill doing errands or you could you know. Do it piece by piece.However, you want to know. Podcasting is quite different than anything else.You've done and most people don't realize it's not just plugging in amicrophone and talking. What have you learned about yourself most from doingquarried, i mean it's a really nice, like selfishly it's nice, to talk withmy best friend. It gives us an excuse to catch up, but also to see amazingstories out there. So it's a great excuse also to connect with my friends.Sometimes i haven't seen the people that we've prerecorded quite a bit, butyou know like seeing them and just being like. Oh my god, we wouldn't havehad this conversation if it wasn't for a podcast, but a lot of the time. I'vedone a lot of the work in front of the camera and having the podcast. We justvoice really gives another element like personally, when i look at a podcast,i'm looking to listen. When i'm doing my hair, i'm doing my makeup, i'm inthe car somewhere, you know stuff, that's like or cleaning the house,whatever it may be. Sometimes it's very annoying to you know just do that insilence or listen to music. Sometimes you want to listen to people conversateand i'm one of those people. I rarely watch youtube videos when i'm gettingready anymore, it's all about the podcast, so i'm excited for people justto feel like they're hanging with us like. That is the biggest thing to me.I just want you to feel like you're hanging with us and we also for thepodcast. We have a hotline hundred and eight four four queries, which is queerys. You can ask any single question: you want every single episode we takefrom the hot line and you listen to the question live and we discuss it. Soit's not kind of that. Like boring, i will say una. It is real life questionsand we're giving real life answers with our guests every week. So i'm justexcited for this new journey, and i just i can't want to be well. I am inthe podcast world, but i can't wait to like us. You know really die in what itell you, i'm so nosy. That's why i'm so good at my job. So i love likelistening to other people's conversations, but listening to yourpodcast, like you said it's not that we're just listening in on you talking.We are part of the conversation. It's such an intimate moment and you know wesee your youtube videos and we see the glamor and we see you on the red carpet,but this is really a chance for us to really like you know like sit down andkiki. Like you said, you know it's a very intimate experience which i loveso much now is there a moment from the episode that you've recorded thatsticks out the most like a story that really struck you. You know what i will give like thetotal political answer here, the...

...switzerland answer. If you willhonestly every single episode, i walk away like we've recorded with myfriends we recently recorded. I won't, i won't spoil it for anyone, but werecently recorded with someone who's just viral in the news, and i've nevermet before, but she is my sister that gives you like a little clue and ireally learned so much about her like it was insane. I feel like with apodcast without a vidual visual element. It is just kind of you floating throughthe conversation and you pick up on vibes. I mean we as right like if it'slike, oh they're, having a fun time there, not so much like it's like afunny moment or it's like an intense moment. I love it like, like i said before i'll, listen to you,my make up my hair driving whatever it's like. You get lost in a podcast,because you really feel the tone of the conversation and that's something thatme and my best friend are obsessed with. You know we're obsesses, building asafe space. That's what queried is all about. We love just having everyonejust feel safe and obviously, like i said, a thousand times, learn somethingbecause that is one of the most important parts you know like there.Our community is so huge and the reason we named it queried is because, afteryou've listened to it, you've just been queried. You've just learned somethingyou've just seen a different person that you didn't know existed and youcan obsess over them after. But that is just it's so vast, and i know that fromtraveling the world and you know being a part of the community in many aspectsfor a very long time, so i can speak to it, but now like i can just give itit's like a present. Every episode is a present and every every wednesday,which is when we drop everywhere apple podcast, spotify, odyssey wherever it'sjust like a gift, an hour, long gift, and i do mess with that, i'm having somuch fun when i would says listening to it, because i am learning so much. Youknow we think we know about our own community, especially if we're injournalism or what not. But the way you present it, it's not preachy, it's not.You know it's not over the top. It really is a fun education, because it's just it's very or organic,and you do cover topics and we get to see the people you're talking to in avery different light. We get to see them be casual. So gds mentioned youryou're just so busy because of your status as a beauty maven. You arealways on point. The clothes hair make up nails boom it's there, but is itsometimes hard to maintain your identity? Who you are when you're noton camera, in the midst of building this empire? I guess i'm asking is it? Is it? Is iteasy to lose yourself in the business and who you really are off camera? I think i mean it's not all glitz andglamor i mean today, i'm in a sweater. I don't have nails on. I have a littlebit of hair and make up, but it's something that i enjoy like it used tobe a chore. Dare i say to always be in a hair, always be in makeup. I alwayslook. You know my ideal, perfect self,...

...but i think it really boils down to thepeople that you have around you. You know like people that just see for you,you don't really have to be like this shovin istic over the top person, and ithink that that's just a part of growing up like i feel, like everyonekind of reaches that point where they're just like you know what this isme: ye o take it or leave it, and i feel like it's just whatever you findintriguing like i find finding different avenues of business of workof pleasure, very enjoyable, so you know doing the podcast doing make updoing all of the things that i've done have been really fun. So i don't reallysee it as work and i've always been a girly girl and through and throughliterally ever since, like i was born, you know, but now it's transformed intosomething else. So i've always it's it's never really a chore. I think itwas for a little bit, but i think he just if you do it when you actuallywant to and it's actually gone it tends to be a lot more rewarding. If you knowyes, you have shared so much so much about your life and so manyintimate moments. Your marriage, for example. What advice do you have formaintaining a strong relationship while in the middle of the entertainmentindustry? I think it's all about communication, just like any singlerelationship in my life, hence marriage. It's very important to keep thatconversation going and you know sharing and like i said it goes to my otheranswer about you know being just having fun and keeping it cute not being like.I have to do this or, like you know, this is like not enjoyable anymore. Ithink that people can sense that people feel when it's forced i've always hadnothing really fake ever lasts too long. So if you're, keeping that cue andyou're keeping it fierce, as i like to say, then people can sense that, andalso it's just all about talking and really taking in a grain. Lessa ofeverything you hear but like that that that inspiring moment you have withsomebody whether it be like for a video you need to do, or you know advice yougive an instagram dm as trivial that might sound. It really is like veryinspiring, and you know it's not gotten old to me yet, and i doubt that it everwill now when i came out during antietam'sin drastic park, you know that that's the area i came out there was gay andstraight, and that was it now we have so many terms, identity, sexualexpressions. Is it getting and i'm playing devil's advocate here, but isit getting to be too much? Are we sending out a jumbled message to themainstream world out there when we have all of these different ways that wereidentifying itself? Are we losing the message? It's interesting that you ask thatbecause i feel like it's. The exact opposite, like the younger youngergeneration. Now is almost looking at labels as a chore like some yea. Theydon't like relate with they almost say...

...like anti label, i'm not. This is notmy identity and it's interesting because, as someone who's come out manytimes and really looked at myself in the mirror and said, am i happy what'sgoing on, i'm not really relating with gay or trans or lesbian, as it come outwith it's like it's one of those things where recently i came out as pan sexual,and it was one of those things where i was like wow. You know i i'm finallyseeing that the labels really aren't that important and i think that it isconfusing for the outside world for the heterosexual assist world, whatever youwant to call it to be like wow, pan, sexual transgender. You know gay evenit's a lot to swallow, but i think it's nice to have those words out there sothat you can educate, because once you hear one person is pensel the next timeand understand it. The next time you hear it, it's not going to be a shockto you, you're going to be like oh they've fall in love with the soul.They're, not gay they're, not straight they've, fallen love with the soul ofsomebody and that's one more person, educated and forever. I really feltlike i was bound to labels because i love being a part of that community. Ifelt like it identified me. It was really exciting to me, and now i'm kindof like was that my last time coming out like as pan i feel like this isjust where i'm at in life, and it's all about being honest. So if you knowsomeone's story- and you might be, you know it might be hard for you to digestonce you understand and know their honest, true story, it's really hardfor you to hate on them because you're like wow, that is like a humanexperience and it's very it's very grounding and i've seen it many times.You know. I think you put that in such a beautiful way that if somebody wereto ask me you know why do you need so many different identities? That is sucha perfect way. To put it is the youth is not born with the same restrictionsat that that i grew up with or that even you grow up with, and i think it'ssuch an exciting time to see our younger generation get excited about.Politics get excited about owning their own identity without it having to fitin a box and to your point you know: you've come out four times. We arealways evolving, we're always figuring ourselves out that kind of journeynever ends. You never stop, learning about yourself or being confident inyourself now that being said, since you have come out, four times does has: hasit gotten easier or every time you make a revelation to the world, because youknow the media grabs answer it. Do you approach coming out with a certain fearand anxiety anymore, or is that just way behind you- and no i mean every coming out process-is different. I'm never going to say that it's easy, because it is a hugechange. You know, i think, the last one that i did with being panseur. Myaudience was just so you know comforting and sweet about it. Like icouldn't have asked for a better coming out, i feel that usually people comeout before they get in serious relationshipps, whereas for me it was,i...

...was married and i was like okay, i'mgoing to come out, but so did he. So it was kind of like this weird, veryunique situation, and i was just really excited to share it because it was justmy truth. It was just my honesty and it was very different right than everyother one that i've done, but it was just still kind of the same like breathof like. I can be me. This is me, i'm finally saying it out loud. You know,holding myself accountable, i feel like that's basically what a youtube videois for. Like you know, even if you delete a youtube video, we know that itlives on it's not an forever, so saying it out loud on a to video and reallyspeaking on. It makes it like very real. So it's a very, very grounding humbling,amazing experience, and you know i've come out four times like you said, andi don't regret one single one. You know it's just all growth and it's all alllove and i'm so appreciative of my audience for just sticking by me- andyou know loving me through all this. I love that so much and i have to tellyou, i have my weekly phone call with my mom and we just go over like youknow who are you talking to this week? She gets all excited, and i said, ohi'm talking to g g this week and she's like oh, that's, that's great. Wetalked a little bit. You know about everything that you've done and i saidwell, you know she came out as pen sexual. She had no clue what thatreally meant. So we had this whole conversation with my mom who's, one ofthe fiercest allies of the lgbtq community. But still we had this newconversation about this. You know this. This energy, that's part of ourcommunity, that's part of outside of our community, and it was such a neatmoment for us to share that, but we wouldn't have had that conversation andshe wouldn't even know what that means. In her conversations with p flag and-and you know her own activism and so we're both educated now because of yourcoming of video- oh my god! Well, please let her know that i say hi andi'm so happy about that. I've seen so many comments saying you know: what'span sexual, maybe i'm pan sexual and that's how i felt the first time iheard what pan sexual was. I was like. Let me get into this because the waythis person is describing, it might be me, it turns out. It is, and i feellike that's how everything starts. I like, i forget what interview i waswatching, but it's i feel like it was like a like referring to like achildren's book, but if you can see it, you can be it and i feel like if youcan see someone living out and proud and like it doesn't even have to dowith like sexuality or orientation or whatever it can be anything if you cansee it you're like. Oh my god. That's me it's like an aha moment, and it wasdefinitely like that for me everything that's. I wand, it's definitely true.You know we have the first female black woman as a vice president, so everyeverybody can look at that role and be like hey. I can do that or i can bepresident. You know it's really out there so that that is a really goodpoint. Okay, i have to know what is a typical day like for g g. Like whattime are you waking up like? What's...

...your daily routine? Usually i mean itis different. Every single day a fui mean it depends. What's on the docket,you know. Usually i stay very busy. I mean now that ovid is opening restrictions and things and cities. Itis probably going to be a lot more traveling, which i'm very excited about,because i miss traveling so much. I used to travel literally almost everysingle week and it's been very calming to be home all the time, but it couldbe a photo shoot. It could be. I mean podcast. Obviously, a y on the agendayou know, could be hanging with friends. Lunch dinner in la it really reallydate. Night always got to make time for datie. It really depends, but usuallyvery busy. You know i've always been kind of like an early riser. Okay,usually it starts pretty grealy. You've had so much success in so manydifferent forms of media. What do you know what to work on next or what areato focus on next? What makes you say yes to a project? I think, following your gut, is reallyimportant in all fasts of life relationships careers where you live, ithink it's just the feeling. You know if i'm approached with something andit's not the right feeling or not the right time. My heart, on my mind, isjust telling me no, but it's like you know i'll get to it, because i feellike i'm a woman of many facets. I just get o touch on it later. It is justeasy for me: it's a yes tor it to know, and it's like. Okay, if you say yes getinto it, but if you say no get out like let's move on, you knowyou can't dwell on it and i think that that's how i've always lived. I'm atourist ary's puss, and i was just looking at my astrological sign or likezodiac signs, yeah taurus tourist son, sagitarius, moon and virgo rising so iifeel, like i'm very stubborn, i'm fire signs so, like you know it's just veryyes or no very you know for it or not, and i feel like that. It's very true. Ilove that. Okay, this one is for social media. What is your message to yourfans, this pride season? I got. I hope i can tell everyone thatthis is our last, like virtual pride season right like it's just i feel like i'mjust so ready to get back out there get back. You know into the crowd into theparade, and i hope that this pride season for everyone was enjoyable. Iknow i still try to make the best of it, even though it's virtual and i'vereached out to a lot of people about their pride, and you know a lot of thetime it's their saving grace every year, people just be like. Oh, you know icould finally go to a club. I can finally have people around me that areeven more different and more weird than i am i'm not feeling alone anymore, andthey didn't really have that this year.

So i just hope that next year is how itshould be everyone out, everyone, proud and i'll, see you there. I love that gg tell everybody where you want them to find you and follow you so instagram facebook, twitter, i'm g gor jes well on twitter oxboro tell my name and you can find me whereverpodcasts are found on it's called queried. So just look it up,clarified and follow along on our fourth episode. So we have tons moreguests and we want to hear your question so call the hot line, one infour four queries and, of course, on youtube. I am g g gorgeous h. I love it.I love it. I love talking to you. Thank you. So much for everything you do forour community and beyond. As i said, you're gorgeous inside and out. Thankyou. I enjoyed talking with you and do by seshat has been my chat with y ggorgeous catch. My interview with jes in our pride issue of metrosource again,it's our new stands across the nation or read it at metrosource and that'sour episode. I'm your host alexander rodriguez. You can follow me oninstagram at alexander's on air until next time stay true and do you bo that has been another metrosource. Manylike share subscribe on your favorite podcast player and check out the latestissue of metrosource magazine on new stands or online at metapor. Follow uson facebook instagram an that a fort and on claner end that a horse manuntil next time as.

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