A Striking Portrait Series With an All-Transgender Cast

A Striking Portrait Series With an All-Transgender Cast

Photographer Ethan James Green, who is known for his striking black-and-white style, shot a group of close friends for Alexander McQueen. Wearing the spring 2020 collection, the models are Green’s long-term collaborators DaraTorraine Futurum, and Marcs Goldberg. All three are transgender, and all three have made waves in the industry in their own right.

Intersex Model Odiele Has Come Out, but What Does It Mean?

Intersex Model Odiele Has Come Out, but What Does It Mean?:

“It’s often thought that models have little career longevity. Belgian beauty Hanne Gaby Odiele has dispelled this myth: she has been one of the industry’s most visible faces for almost a decade, racking up high-profile clients including Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs and Versace in the process.

Last week, however, she made headlines for a different reason when she revealed in an interview with Vogue magazine that she was born intersex. Broadly speaking, the term ‘intersex’ refers to a series of conditions which lead to a child being born with a variation in sex anatomy. It’s not particularly rare – it’s estimated that around 2 percent of children are born intersex – yet knowledge and awareness of intersex identities is still disappointingly limited.

Odiele disclosed that she was born with androgen insensitivity syndrome, a condition which meant that, even though she was genetically male in chromosomal terms, her body was resistant to male hormones. She was born with internal testes, no ovaries and no uterus. ‘I will never know how it is to have a period or have a baby,’ she revealed. ‘But I also don’t stand up peeing! I don’t have a penis! I am intersex, but I am much more female. I am not facing a biological clock – I have no clock!’”

(Via. HIGHSNOBIETY)

Drag queens, a transgender bride walk Betsey Johnson’s runway with same-sex couples

AP Photo  Jason DeCrow

Drag queens, a transgender bride walk Betsey Johnson’s runway with same-sex couples: “”

(Via. Canada.com)

I’m not sure how I feel about this. One one hand it is nice to see someone embracing marriage equity. On the other it has the feeling of a carnival side show. Then again, these things are always a circus. 

For the time being I am going to reserve judgment.

Reclaiming The Past

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How many times have you looked into the past, remembering one thing after another and in the end you feel depressed? All those things gone forever from your life, all the regrets. I know I have been there, done that, could write a book on beating myself up over things. Well, enough of it I say! Today I want to dredge the depths of my memories and remember things which can still bring a smile to my face. 

So what sort of things? I’m glad you asked!

How about Saturday morning cartoons? How about your favorite television shows or music from back in the day? Maybe your most beloved clothing item or fashion statement.

I grew up in the 70s and 80s and there were a lot of fun things to remember. I also heard recently the 80s are making a comeback, not sure what it means just yet, but I can’t wait to see what kids today find interesting from the era of hair bands, leggings, and parachute pants.

It’s time for me to begin reclaiming those years. To rebuild my memories, not forgetting anything, but to put life back into perspective. Not every moment is one of pain and not every memory is linked to sadness, so why dwell on those things? Why not bring back those little things which bring a little happiness back into a cloudy day?

In Need Of The Right Look

I took time to go over my wardrobe choices today. I quickly realized I have way too many guy clothes and not enough girl things. Now, I have been slowly replacing things, but because I don’t want this to be too obvious, I have been staying with similar items. This has been things like sweatshirts and T-shirts wit a few button downs and mock turtle necks. Nothing really dressy or feminine. I have also been staying with jeans, (though this is proving to be a tad more difficult without spending way too much.)
I mention this because I see I am going to have to buy a new outfit. I simply don’t have the right clothes for such an important event!
So later today I’m going shopping. I took a look at several fashion sites and saw a look I liked which is a black mock turtle neck, black pants and a nice sweater, maybe dark blue or gray, with black shoes or boots. The black will be slimming which is never a bad thing and the sweater will add a nice splash of color. Another thing I like about this look is it makes you seem taller. I know this isn’t an issue for many, but I’m 5′-6″ so there are lots of people taller than me, both men and women.
I will try to add the picture I found later, though it showed the outfit with a red sweater which wouldn’t go well with my skin tone…
All in all I am looking forward to Saturday.

Confidence: Our Greatest Asset

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Well, the last of the kids Christmas presents arrived today, so I finally have all my shopping done except maybe some more little things just to top everything off. That’s a load off my mind.

The weather has mostly improved, though it is still colder then I like and I’m not sure if the little snow we got is going to last through the weekend. I use to think we needed snow for it to feel like a proper Christmas, but as I have gotten older, I don’t think so… Of course, it doesn’t help that it seems as if once I get cold, it takes me until June before I start to feel warm again. 

On a different note.

I happened upon a show today which interviewed former supermodels. I almost passed it by, after all, what were these women going to say that I cared about? Although I love fashion, I don’t follow it closely and for the most part, I couldn’t tell you the names of most models or pick them out of a line up. For some reason I decided to go back and watch it and I am glad I did. Beyond the interesting stories they told, I was struck by how much these women had gone through, how much they had been able to move past those early experiences and become individuals of strength and resolve. 

If there was one thing which stayed with me, it was their confidence. Not just as professionals, not just as mothers and wives, but as women. As themselves. They didn’t need to make any apologies for themselves or who they had been or who they are now. There was a power to their presence. They were comfortable with who they were, in their own skin. Watching them and listening to them, I felt my own confidence grow. They proved there is more to who we are than what we appear to be.

How many times have I heard the greatest asset we have is confidence? I saw the proof today.