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 metro source mini the official podcast to Metro source magazine and home of short form interviews with your favorite personalities from the lgbtq world and beyond. Quick, Fun and informative. It's metro source on the go, out in proud since one thousand nine hundred and ninety. What. Hello, hello, hello, this is metro source minis. I'm your host, Alexander Rodriguez, lead writer for Metro source and avid podcaster. What is gorgeous to meet? Somebody can be gorgeous inside or out. Well, what happens if you are both? Gg Gorgeous is a Youtube Youtuber, socialite, actress, author, model, activist and now podcaster with millions and followers and 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 look fabulous doing it, no matter who you are. GG is featured in our pride issue of Metro Source Magazine, now available on news stands around the nation or at Metro sourcecom. Please welcome GG gorgeous. Okay, Hey, thanks for having me leisurely and so happy to be here. Thank you. That intro was so sweet and I'm looking forward to speaking with you. I could tell you you being leisurely at home looks different than me being leisurely at home. There's like socks hanging out out, like judge Judy's on in the corner, and there's like laundry and you're just luxuriating. How, you know, a little pretty, a little a little smoky. I little natural, smokey. I think crazy. This is what natural looks like. You have smoky eye and I have raccoon. I from insomnia. But okay, so gg you are so busy. Your Empire is growing literally every day. What inspired you to start queered of a quarified, which is the latest podcast that's eating up the air waves? You know what I've always wanted a podcast 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 whole podcast wave, I've been listening to more podcast than ever. So whenever I listen to one, I really make sure that I like ones that I can take step away from, so it's not just a fun listen. It's not like just listening to you know, people keep kying. It's kind of it's something more than that, right, like taking away something that you are like wow, I didn't know that before, or whether you know the person or not, it's like you're taking away something that you didn't know before you listened, and I feel like that's what we try to do with querified. My cohost is my best friend and longest friend ever. I don't really have very many long term friends, but he is my best friend of eighteen years and we have the best time. We've just started. I think we just launched our fourth episode, so we're racing the beginning stages. But if you guys are into if you're in for a new PODCAST, please check out querified. It is such...

...a fun listen and we are just at the tip of the iceberg because we have tons more guests and stories to tell. Well, you know what's funny with podcasting? During covid we all Binge Watch Netflix and Hulu, but our community got kind of tired of that, you know, watching the same kind of content. So podcasting went up like forty five percent during covid and these are listeners that are staying around because it's a whole new way to get your content. What I love about podcasting is. You could listen to it all at once, you can listen to it on the treadmill doing errands, or you could, you know, do it piece by piece however you want to. Now, podcasting is quite different than anything else you've done, and most people don't realize it's not just plugging in a microphone and talking. What have you learned about yourself most from doing querified? I mean it's a really nice like selfishly, it's nice to talk with my best friend. It gives us an excuse to catch up, but also to see amazing stories 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, but you know, like seeing them and just being like, Oh my God, we wouldn't have had this conversation if it wasn't for a podcast. But a lot of the time I've done a lot of the work in front of the camera and having the podcast we just void voice 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 in the 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 in silence or listen to music. Sometimes you want to listen to people conversating, and I'm one of those people. I rarely watch youtube videos when I'm getting ready anymore. It's all about the podcast. So I'm excited for people just to 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 the podcast. We have a hot line one hundred and eighty four four queries, which is queer ys. You can ask any single question you want. Every single episode we take from the hotline and you listen to the question live and we discuss it. So it's not kind of that like boring. I will say you and A it is real life questions and we're giving real life answers with our guests every week. So I'm just excited for this new journey and I just I can't wait to be well, I am in the podcast world, but I can't wait to like, yes, you know, really dive in what to tell you. I'm so nosy. That's why I'm so good at my job. So I love like listening to other people's conversations, but listening to your podcast, 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, we see 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 and Kiki, like you said. You know, it's a very intimate experience, which I love so much. Now, is there a moment from the episodes that you've recorded that sticks out the most, like a story that really struck you? You know what...

I will give, like the total political answer here, the Switzerland answer, if you will. Honestly, every single episode I walk away like we've recorded with my friends. We recently recorded. I won't I won't spoil it for anyone, but we recently recorded with someone who's just viral in the news and I've never met before, but she is my sister, if that gives you like a little clue. Yes, and I really learned so much about her, like it was insane, I feel like with a podcast without a visual visual element. It is just kind of you floating through the conversation and you pick up on vibes. I mean we yes you right, like if it's like, oh, they're having a fun time, they're not so much like it's like a funny moment or it's like an intense moment. I love it. Like I like I said before, I'll listen to my makeup, 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 that me and my best friend are obsessed with, you know, we're obsessed with building a safe space. That's what querified is all about. We love just having everyone just feel safe and, obviously, like I said a thousand times, learn something, because that is one of the most important parts, you know, like they're the our community is so huge, and the reason we named it querified is because after you've listened to it, you've just been querified, you've just learned something, you've just seen a different person that you didn't know existed and you can obsess over them after. But that is just it's so vast and I know that from traveling the world and, you know, being a part of the community in many aspects for a very long time, so I can speak to it, but now, like I can just give it. It's like a present, every episode of the present and every every Wednesday, which is when we drop everywhere, apple, podcast, spotify, Odyssey, wherever. It's just like a gift, an hour long gift, and I do look that I'm having so much fun. Well, I'm not just listening to it because I'm learning so much. You know, we think we know about our own community, especially if we're in journalism or whatnot. But the way you presented 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 organic and you do cover topics and we get to see the people you talking to in a very different light. We get to see them be casual so gg as I mentioned, you are. You're just so busy and because of your status as a beauty Maven, you are always on point. The clothes, hair, makeup, nails, boom, it's there. But is it sometimes hard to maintain your identity, who you are when you're not on camera in the midst of building this empire? I guess I'm asking is it is it? Is it easy to lose yourself in the business and who you really are off camera? I think I mean it's not all GLITZ and Glamor. I mean today I'm in a sweater, I don't have nails on, I have a little bit of hair and makeup, but it's something that I enjoy like it used to be a chore, Dare I say, to always be in a hair always being makeup, always look, you know, my ideal perfect self.

But I think it really boils down to the people that you have around you, you know, like people that just see you for you. You don't really have to be like this chouvinistic, over the top person, and I think that that's just a part of growing up. Like I feel like everyone kind of reaches that point where there's just like you know what this is me Ye out, take it or leave it, and I feel like it's just whatever you find intriguing. Like I find finding different avenues of business, of work, of pleasure very enjoyable. So, you know, doing the podcast, doing makeup, doing all of the things that I've done have been really fun. So I don't really see it as work and I've always been a girly girl. Yeah, through and through, literally ever something like I was born, you know, but now it's transformed into something else. So I've always it's not, it's never really a chore. I think it was for a little bit, but I think you just if you do it when you actually want to and it's actually fun, it tends to be a lot more rewarding if you know. Yes, and you have shared so much, so much about your life and so many intimate moments your marriage, for example. What advice do you have from maintaining a strong relationship while in the middle of the entertainment industry? I think it's all about communication, just like any single relationship in my life, hence marriage. It's very important to keep that conversation going and, you know, sharing and, like I said, it goes to my other answer about, you know, being just having fun and keeping it cute, not being like uh, I have to do this, or like, you know, this is like not enjoyable anymore. I think that people can sense that, people feel when it's forced. I've always said nothing really fake ever last too long. So if you're keeping that Q and you're keeping it fierce, as I like to say, then people can sense that. And also it's just all about talking and really taking in a grain with salt of everything you hear. But like that, that that inspiring moment you have with somebody, whether it be like for a video you need to do or, you know, advice you give in an instagram DM. As trivials that might sound, it really is like very inspiring and you know, it's not gotten old to me yet and I doubt that it ever will. Now. When I came out during ancient times and Jurassic Park, you know, that's that's the air. I came out there was gay and straight and that was it. Now we have so many terms, identity, sexual expressions. Is it getting and I'm playing devil's advocate here, but is it getting to be too much? Are we sending out a jumbled message to the mainstream world out there when we have all of these different ways that were identifying itself? Are we losing the message? It's interesting that you ask that, because I feel like it's the exact opposite. Like the younger younger generation now is almost looking at labels as a chore, like some Yeah, they don't like relate with. They almost say like Anti Label, I'm not. This is...

...not my identity and it's interesting because, as someone who's come out many times and really looked at myself in the mirror and said, am I happy? What's going on, I'm not really relating with gay or Trans or lesbian as of come out with. It's like it's one of those things where recently I came out as pansexual and it was one of those things where I was like wow, you know, I thought I'm finally seeing that the labels really aren't that important and I think that it is confusing for the outside world, for the heterosexual assist world, whatever you want to call it, to be like wow, pan sexual, transgender, you know, gay even. It's a lot to swallow, but it I think it's nice to have those words out there so that you can educate because once you hear one person is pansexual, the next time and understand it, the next time you hear it, it's not going to be a shock to you. You're going to be like, Oh, they fall in love with the soul. They're not gay, they're not straight, they fall in love with the soul of somebody, and that's one more person educated and forever. I really felt like I was bound to labels because I loved being a part of that community. I felt like it identified me. It was really exciting to me, and now I'm kind of like was that my last time coming out like as pan I feel like this is just where I'm at in life and it's all about being honest. So if you know someone's story and you might be you know, it might be hard for you to digest, once you understand and know they're honest true story, it's really hard for you to hate on them because you're like wow, that is like a human experience 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 would ask me, you know, why do you need so many different identities? That is such a perfect way to put it. Is the youth is not born with the same restrictions that that I grew up with or that even you grow up with, and I think it's such an exciting time to see our younger generation get excited about politics, get excited about owning their own identity without it having to fit in a box. And to your point, you know you've come out four times we are always evolving, we're always figuring ourselves out. That kind of journey never ends. You never stop learning about yourself or being confident in yourself. Now, that being said, since you have come out four times, does has it has it gotten easier or every time you make a revelation to the world, because you know the media grabs onto it, do you approach coming out with a certain fear and 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 huge change. You know, I think the last one that I did with being pansexual, my audience was just so, you know, comforting and sweet about it, like I couldn't have asked for a better coming out. I feel that usually people come out before they gotten serious relationships. Where us for me it was I was married and...

I was like, okay, I'm going to come out, but so did he. So it was kind of like this weird, very unique situation and I was just really excited to share it because it was just my truth, it was just my honesty and it was very different right than every other one that I've done, but it was just still kind of the same like breath of 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 videos for. Like, you know, even if you delete youtube video, we know that it lives on. It's not gone forever. So saying it out loud on a youtube video and really speaking 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, and I don't regret one single one. You know, it's just all growth and it's all all love and I'm so appreciative of my audience for just sticking by me and, you know, loving me through all this. I love that so much. I have to tell you I have my weekly phone call with my mom and we just go over like, you know, who are you talking to this week? She gets all excited and I said, Oh, I'm talking to gg this week, and she's like, oh, that's that's great. We talked a little bit, you know, about everything that you've done and I said, well, you know, she came out as pansexual. She had no clue what that really meant. So we had this whole conversation with my mom, who's one of the fiercest allies of the Lgbtq community, but still we had this new conversation about this, you know, this this energy that's part of our community, that's part of outside of our community, and it was such a neat moment for us to share that. But we wouldn't have had that conversation and she 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 your I mean video. Oh my God, will please let her know that I say hi, and I'm so happy about that. I've seen in so many comments saying, you know what's Pans Sexual? Maybe I'm pansexual, and that's how I felt the first time I heard what Pan Sexual was. I was like, let me get into this, because the way this person is describing it might be me. Yeah, it turns out it is, and I feel like that's how everything starts. I like, I forget what interview I was watching, but it's I feel like it was like a like referring to like a children's book but if you can see it, you can be it. And I feel like if you can see someone living out and proud and like it doesn't even have to do with like sexuality or orientation or whatever. It can be anything. If you can see it, you're like, Oh my God, that's me. It's like an Aha moment, and it was definitely like that for me. Everything that's come out and it's definitely true. You know, we have the first female black woman as a vice president, so every everybody can look at that role and be like hey, I can do that or I can be president. You know, it's it's really out there. So that that is a really good point. Okay, I have to know. What is it typical day like for gg like what time are you waking up?...

Like what's your daily routine usually? I mean it is different every single day. Today Fun, I mean it depends what's on the docket. You know. Usually I stay very busy. I mean now that Covid is opening restrictions and things and cities, it is probably going to be a lot more traveling, which I'm very excited about, because I missed traveling so much. I used to travel literally almost every single week, and it's been very calming to be home all the time. But it could be a photoshoot, it could be I mean, podcast obviously is on the agenda. You know, it could be hanging with friends, lunch, dinner in La it really really date night. Always got to make time for date night. It really depends. But usually very busy. You know, I've always been kind of like an early riser. Okay, well, usually it starts pretty early. You've had so much success in so many different forms of media. What do you know what to work on next or what area to focus on next? What makes you say yes to a project? I think following your gut is really important in all facets of life, relationships, careers, where you live. I think it's just the feeling. You know, if I'm approached with something and it's not the right feeling or not the right time, my heart and my mind is just telling me no, but it's like, you know, I'll get to it, because I feel like I'm a woman of many facets. I just get I'll touch on it later. It is just easy for me. It's a yes or it's a know, and it's like, okay, if you say yes, get into it, but if you say no, get at like, let's move on. You know, you can't dwell on it, and I think that that's how I've always lived. I'm a Torus Ari's PUSS and I was just looking at my astrological sign or like Zodiac signs. Yeah, Taurus, Taurus, Sun, Sagittarius, Moon and virgo rising. So I feel like I'm very stubborn. I am fire signs. So, like you know, it's just very yes or no, very, you know, for it or not, and I feel like that's it's very true. I love that. Okay, this one is for social media. What is your message to your fans this pride season? I got I hope I can tell everyone that this is our last like virtual pride season right like it's just I feel like I'm just so ready to get back out there, get back, you know, into the crowd, into the parade, and I hope that this pride season for everyone was enjoyable. I know I still try to make the best of it, even though it's virtual, and I've reached out to a lot of people about their pride and you know, a lot of the time it's they're saving grace. Every year, people just being like, Oh, you know, I could finally go to a club, I can finally have people around me that are even more different and more weird than I am. I'm not feeling alone anymore, and they didn't really have that this year. So I just hope that next year is how it should...

...be. Everyone out, everyone proud, and I'll see you there. I love that. Ggtail everybody where you want them to find you and follow you. So instagram, facebook, twitter, I'm ggi gorgess. Well, on twitter, actually, I'm bet gg gorgeous, the name, and you can find me wherever podcasts are found on it's called querified, so just look it up quarified and follow along. We're on our fourth episode, so we have tons more guests and we want to hear your question. So call the hot line one eight four, four queries and, of course, on Youtube I am gg Gorgess UH. I love it. I love it, I love talking to you. Thank you so much for everything you do for our community and beyond. As I said, you're gorgeous inside and out. Thank you. I enjoyed talking with you, and Ditto by gg by. That has been my chat with GG gorgeous. Catch my interview with Gez in our pride issue of Metro source again. It's our new stands across the nation or read it at Metro sourcecom. And that's our episode. I'm your host, Alexander Rodriguez. You can follow me on Instagram at Alexanders on air. Until next time, stay true and do you boo? That has been another metro source mini like share, subscribe on your favorite podcast player and check out the latest issue of Metro Sports magazine on newstands or online at Metro sourcecom. Follow us on Facebook, instagram at metal source and on twitter at Metro coursemen, until next time, he fast.

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