Always dripping in pink, Chrissy Chlapecka is the queer Elle Woods, here to fight the patriarchy and preach the power of pleasuring yourself.
Delivered in a crystal-studded package she and her followers call a “bimbo” look and lifestyle, Chlapecka will tell you in one breath to be a slut, and in the next to fight Elon Musk and “step on Trump supporters.” Chlapecka’s signature style is to bear lots of skin while wearing faux fur, thigh-high boots, and a belly button ring, and she says “I don’t do this for the misogynistic male gaze. I do this for my gaze, and damn, my tits look good.”
That empowering message is what has earned her over five million TikTok followers who flock to hear her pump them up to live for themselves without caring what others think.
“Part of me being online is me telling everyone, ‘Be who you are,’ and I know I say it in the silliest ways and make people laugh, but I truly mean it,” Chlapecka tells Logo. “I’ve gotten so many comments and DMs or even in-person interactions where people are like, ‘No, you literally have saved my life, you make me feel so good about myself, you make me just feel like it's okay to be me.’ And hearing that is just absolutely crazy for me, because two, three years ago I didn't even feel okay being me.”
At the beginning of 2020, Chlapecka was in an abusive relationship and denying her queerness to herself. By mid-2020, that had already all changed and she was starting to go viral at the age of twenty.
“I just remember sitting on my bed one day and being like, ‘Yeah, I'm queer. Like, that's what it is,’ and saying it out loud,” Chlapecka remembers. “It was just kind of a weight lifted off my shoulders.”
Chlapecka says she has many fluid layers to her sexual and gender identity and doesn’t constrict herself to one label. Yet broadly, she says loving her identity as a queer femme person using she/they pronouns “is what makes me me on the internet.”
“Letting other people know it's also okay to exist the way that I do and to show them there's so much power in being queer and being part of the community and being whoever you want to be whether it’s very femme presenting or just ‘you’ presenting,” Chlapecka explains. “However it is you walk through this world is powerful in itself, as long as you stay kind and respectful and loving and true to yourself.”
Her older brother Kevin is also queer and started using he/they pronouns with their family before she started using she/they pronouns and helped to pave the way for her.
“Seeing them do it and be so confident and go and pursue their dreams and be who he is really did encourage me and allow me to realize it was okay for me to do that, too,” Chlapecka says. “I think I was very lucky to have that safety net of having another queer person in my household.” Adding, “they did the tough work first.”
She never directly came out to her family, she just started posting openly online and knew they’d see it. While her parents are generally accepting now, her extended family isn’t so happy with how she is representing the Chlapecka name, and as her following grows, want her out of the family: “They would like my last name to be changed… which is why I kept it.”
Chlapecka is now entering her “pop star era,” laden with early 2000s Britney Spears energy. She released her first single, “I’m So Hot,” in February and the music video dropped on March 4.
The song is a hyperpop self-love anthem and, like all of her content, is a deeper message wrapped in a hot pink bow that observers may dismiss as shallow simply for being feminine. Her fans get it: It’s approaching three million streams on Spotify.
“This song is about how it’s really important to learn how to accept pleasure for yourself in any way, shape, or form, because I've unfortunately been through a lot of sexual abuse and stuff like that from a pretty young age and relearning that my body is mine and it is whole and it is safe and it's okay—that is something I learn every single day,” Chlapecka shares. “I learned to love myself and I learned that it's okay to pleasure myself, whatever that means to you.”
She says the song “brings who I am online into my music” and making music and making people feel safe and comfortable is her calling. Her big sister vibes come through in her TikTok videos with her encouraging viewers not to text him back because "there is not a man on this Earth worth crying over" and that "you’re not in your flop era... you’re just resting."
Besides sisterhood, another tenant of “bimboism” is leftist politics and Chlapecka believes that collective action is hot and sexy. She wants others to learn to function as a community, relying on each other to keep each other safe instead of calling the police whenever possible. She believes the anti-trans and anti-drag bills being passed around the country right now are of top concern for the LGBTQ+ community.
“When you are a white cisgendered queer person—I don't necessarily identify as cis but that's how I run through this world—we have a lot of privilege and it's our responsibility to keep trans people, trans people of color, in our community all safe.”
Meanwhile, her subversive music career is just getting started—she expects her second single to come out in a matter of weeks and teases, “The incels aren’t going to like this one.”