YouTube Star Ari Fitz Shows the Beauty in Androgyny

The Advocate

Labeled a “black weirdo” in high school, YouTube star Ari Fitz has never been someone easy to define — and she likes it that way. “I hate labels,” she proclaimed in a recent video, “but I understand [their] usefulness.”

On labeling her own sexuality, Fitz says, “Nothing ever feels right,” which is why she shies away from calling herself a lesbian, instead prefering to say she’s “a girl who likes girls.” The only labels Fitz fully embraces are her name (“Not the YouTuber Ari, not the lesbian Ari, not the tomboy Ari — just Ari.”) and “androgynous.” Her androgyny can be baffling for others, and Fitz says she’s often mistaken for being trans. “A lot of people are confused by me, and I like it that way,” she says with a giggle, “because y’all don’t need to know!”

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