If innovation had an obsession it would be club kid and living work of art Sussi Suss. Blending fearlessness, self-expression and an indulgence of color, Sussi is a reminder of why people come to New York: to live the dream of themselves and to find community. But Sussi has done more than just find community, as a familiar club presence, they’re helping to create it too.
How/why did you become involved in your line of work?
I started going out very young, I found the nightclubs to be a safe space for a young queer like me, and I used the venue as a space to create costumes and living works of art on the dance floor.
Tell us a little bit about your present work, the Cliffs Notes version of your day to day and what is at stake.
I spend most of my day putting together costumes and organizing my ideas so that the outfit is as jaw dropping as the performance. Lots of time doing makeup, and most of the night at a disco with my friends dressed fabulously!
What do you find most fulling about your work?
To be a part of a strong queer community is a blessing.
What is your proudest achievement with this work and what is your greatest challenge?
Proudest achievement is being able to do what I do. There is nowhere you can do this besides New York, so just living my true life is so exciting. My greatest challenge is small minded people.
What do you hope changes or improves (or continues!) in your field in the future
Keep growing!
Who would you nominate for this list?
Sateen! A queer band living in Bed Stuy.
Learn more about this year’s 100 Influencers in Brooklyn Culture.
Photo by Mateus Porto. 


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