For the past few years, Kayla Guminiak has created her own dresses for New York’s LGBT Pride festivities. The 27-year-old Manhattan resident works at a theatrical costume shop and has a killer set of design skills — last year she created an A-line rainbow dress plastered with photos of Hillary Clinton. This year, her inspiration came from a now-viral tweet by Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones.
Jones tweeted this response last summer to a man who tried hitting on her SNL costar, Kate McKinnon.
she gay dude stop it lol
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) June 18, 2016
Guminiak thought Jones’ tweet was so iconic that she had it printed on a tank top. When a friend suggested she wear it to Pride festivities, Guminiak took it up a notch and designed a dress covered with the tweet in a repetitive pattern. She told BuzzFeed News that women don’t enjoy advances by creepy men, whether online or in person, so it was nice to see Jones essentially say, “Stop it.”
And, Guminiak added, “As a gay woman (especially as a feminine, often-assumed-straight gay woman), there have been times when I’ve been hit on and I just want to yell ‘I’m gay, dude, stop it!’ So plastering it all over my body seemed like a pretty good choice.”
The dress fabric was custom printed online on Spoonflower, and was designed with rainbow colors in celebration of Pride. Although Guminiak didn’t get too many comments about the dress in person, it quickly went viral after she posted snaps to Twitter on Sunday, receiving more than 19,000 likes and thousands of retweets.
@Lesdoggg, for providing the very best inspiration for my Pride dress this year,” she captioned the stunning pics.
— Kayla (@heykaylabeth) June 25, 2017
Fans online loved the clap-back dress so much that some even requested Guminiak design similar dresses for them.
This is the most beautiful and amazing dress I have ever seen.
— Dots (@dotfuli) June 26, 2017
This is honestly the best thing I've ever seen with one of my fav iconic @Lesdoggg quotes and I have so many regrets now
— Emily (@EmilyAnne_6292) June 26, 2017
I've not heard of anyone turning tweets into fabric, and I bet there would be a big market for that
— buythebookcvnet Cass (@buybk) June 26, 2017
Yes! And can I get THAT fabric? That is everything! Love it! You win pride!
— elle sea (@pentimentos) June 26, 2017
We need to find you some investors. Not one to comment on dresses but style
— Connor N Garrity (@ConNGarrity) June 27, 2017
kinda wanna date her just based on this tweet (or at least meet idk I always take things so fast wow)
— Lotte (@prutsemie99) June 27, 2017
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