Who Am I ?
July /August 2012
1: Who am I?
My name is Greg Mania and my worst fear in life is fitting in.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I live a borderline double life. I’m a senior at Hofstra University, who majors in media studies and journalism by day, and a crusading NYC nightlife harlot by night. I’m a blogger that writes about fashion, music, and lifestyle. A blogger who is hoping to spark peoples’ inner superstar with topical humor and blunt discourse. Ultimately, I would love to become a creative director, work at a music label, or utilize my passion for writing.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m originally from a small town in central New Jersey. I’m infiltrating the newsfeeds and timelines of everyone one hash tag at a time.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
People who reject society’s axioms of beauty and define it for themselves. I also admire Bob Fosse, David Bowie, Garfield the Cat, everything below 14th street, and Duane Reade.
5: What book is your bible?
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love glamrock, 1977, people with a general disregard for giving a fuck, L’oreal Elnett hairspray, boys who look like girls, girls who look like boys, iHop, Anderson Cooper, and an open bar. I hate kitten heels, ignorance, and that watery stuff that oozes out of ketchup when it’s freshly opened, and a closed bar.
7: What is your raison d’être?
Inappropriate hair height and gender ambiguity. I wholeheartedly embrace my femininity. I’ve always wanted to be someone people look up too. I love confident and fearless women. Most girls and gay boys tend to idolize women, and use these figures as an excuse to explore their identity and extract components they can implement in their lifestyles that mirrors the caliber of their idol. I may not have physical woman parts but I’ve learned to harness their spirit. That’s why I exude my feminine side so much. Men look up to heroes, people they consider pioneers who can shine light on the road to glory and save the day. I want to harbor all these traits so that anyone can look up to me even though I’m not Beyonce or Jason Bourne. Ten years down the road, I want to be interviewed and to be able to have that interview resonate with people without readers labeling me as gay or male first. They might see a man in stockings, but I want people to assess me based what I say, not what I look like.
8: What is your favorite color?
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Storm from the X-Men. She’s just so badass, and she went through a punk phase in the early 80’s.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
11: What turns you on?
Guys I can’t have and sick guitar riffs.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What’s your real last name?
Greg Mania is a writer, designer, student, Internet spectacle, and nightlife personality. He enjoys wrecking havoc on the online community and is head of the music, fashion, comedy, and lifestyle blog Le Cabaret De Mania. He will graduate from Hofstra University in May 2013.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Ceara Maria Burns
Photography by Ky DiGregorio
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Greg Mania, 2011, Photography by Ky DiGregorio