I run a fashion website and am a guy. I'm not a fashionista, but something else, right? What would I be?

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    What research have you done to suggest you are not a fashionista? Questions are generally expected to show some evidence of prior research. There is plenty of general information available on this word that you should incorporate into your question, should you still have one after looking it over. Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 15:33
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    Why would you think all -ista words would necessarily be restricted to non-guys?
    – tchrist
    Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 0:57

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The word looks like it's based on Italian, which has in turn borrowed the term, to the Italian word is now also "fashionista"!

The "-ista" ending, eg "chitarrista" (guitarist), "pianista" "acquarellista" (watercolour painter), etc, doesn't change regardless of whether the person it describes is male or female. So. while in Italian a male teacher is a "professore" and female is a "professoressa", a male fashionista is still a fashionista, just as Elton John is a "pianista" or Miles Davis a "jazzista". So, in short, you are a "fashionista".

Best of luck for your website!

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    Good luck with explaining this to someone who looks at you funny for referring to yourself as a "fashionista"
    – Dodgie
    Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 3:41
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    It's almost certainly from Spanish, not Italian.
    – choster
    Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 4:35
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    A man or woman who makes overpriced coffee is a "barista" (even though the term originally just means someone who works behind a counter, as far as I know. Very off-topic though. Oops!). Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 14:26
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    @PhilMJones It turns out that barista is not an RAE-accepted Spanish word. Barrista exists, but refers to a gymnast (well, or circus performer) who specializes in the parallel bars. Even though Spanish has borrowed the English word bar for the same thing as we use it for — a drinking establishment with an actual bar (una barra) in it — my hackles raise up looking for another r in the English barista. It doesn’t even sound right pronounced in Spanish without the second r.
    – tchrist
    Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 0:55

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