November 22, 2012

Style & Design

Casey Legler is a woman working as a male model. She looks wonderfully comfortable shrugging into tailored suits and chomping on cigars. But assigning words to the experience isn’t as easy. In an interview in her New York City studio, Legler steers around phrases like “gender identity” and “gender expression” in favor of having a conversation about freedom.

“I understand signifiers. We’re social creatures and we have a physical language of communicating with each other,” she says. “But it would be a really beautiful thing if we could all just wear what we wanted, without it meaning something.”

Androgyny has long been celebrated in the fashion world. Women have modeled as men, and men have modeled as women. Andrej Pejica young male model from Bosnia, made a splash in recent years with his feminine beauty and knack for wearing women’s clothes. (“Andrej is gorgeous,” Legler says. “In many…

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  1. Anon Male Says:

    She’s cool (though I think the Olympic thing works more in her favor than the cigar chomping thing, but that’s just me), but how many men read anything these days, let alone magazines that would feature that kind of advertising?

    The ironic thing is that the venture capitalists out there are all about rebranding femme shit as masculine shit in order to expand their market, having tapped out female dollars in the economy, everything from mio (crystal light for dudebros) to the hilarious stuff they’re selling at alphanail .com, but I don’t think Legler would fit into that sort of scheme. But good for her.

  2. hearthrising Says:

    I want to marry her.

  3. Adrian Says:

    That’s actually pretty cool – someone dressing how they want, using “signifiers” how they want, making a look, experimenting – and NOT claiming that they have to be “really something else, inside” for a change! THAT is actual bending.

  4. Becky Green Says:

    Lovely. She is living proof to young people that they don’t need to alter/destroy their bodies to fully express their personas, they just need to FREE their MINDS from societal constraints.

    (Here’s a transgender style fill in the blanks game)
    “After I chop off my ____, and surgically add a ____, I’ll finally be free to be myself!”

    WTF?? How utterly bizarre is that line of thinking?

  5. justinthehomo Says:

    Yes exactly! I know the garbage song that was referenced as well, and it’s on point. We, as a people, need to dissolve gender to where any sex can feel safe within any gender expression and not have to mutilate themselves to fit what is socially acceptable. This Blog is awesome.

    • Marie-France Lesage Says:

      I am old enough to remember when everyone was soooo afraid that if girls and women started wearing pants, no one would be able to tell who was the mommy and who was the daddy! The entire world would go to Hell in a hand-basket! Satan would win! Rocks would bleed and the lambs would start attacking the lions! LOL

      Somehow we survived females in pants, girls with short-cropped hair, men with long, flowing tresses, women driving their own cars to their own jobs from their own houses paid for from their own bank accounts!!!

      This regressive, throw-back behavior by males who think that they are BETTER at being women than real women because they got an A in mascara and a B+ in walking in heels? Yich. It feels like the 50’s got freeze-dried and reconstituted sixty years later.

      Of COURSE people should be able to wear whatever they want.

      Hey trans people: STOP claiming that wearing something — or liking something, or not liking something — makes you a woman or a man. Simple.

      Biology. Clothing choices. Two COMPLETELY separate things!!!

    • BadDyke Says:

      “We, as a people, need to dissolve gender to where any sex can feel safe within any gender expression…….”

      “Which isn’t quite the same as eliminating gender, full-stop.

  6. S. Says:

    Does anyone know if Casey Legler had
    “top surgery” or not? In every photograph I’ve seen of her, she looks like she either binds her breasts or had them lopped off. Maybe she just has really small breasts, but she is flat as a board. If she is able to model men’s clothes without “transitioning” (top surgery, testosterone), I think it’s great and I completely support her. Otherwise, she is just a sell out to me.

    I also wonder about the testosterone. Female swimmers have used steroids.

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