Was 2010 “The Year of the Transsexual”?
December 13, 2010
A NewYorkTimes piece in this week’s Fashion and Style section says it was.
Well, the year of the MALE transsexual anyway. Not a single female was quoted in the article. The article states that crossdressers, transsexuals and males styling themselves in stereotypically “female” ways are “edging into the mainstream”. Much of the article’s focus is on male transsexual fashion models and model Lea T. who was featured in this fall’s Givenchy campaign. ““I thought this would be a nice message for another tranny: ‘Look, we can be the same as other girls and boys,’” Lea says.
The highly gendered fashion industry is embracing male transsexual images to model clothes marketed to females and (male) transsexuals. Why the trend of increased numbers of transsexuals in the fashion business? “There are few groups of people for whom fashion, makeup and hair is more relevant” says magazine editor Luis Venegas.
A very high profile piece on transsexual fashion, here is the link: