Andreja Pejic has always fascinated me as a beautiful androgynous woman who finally came out as transgender some time ago. Years ago I yearned to be just like her.
She was recently recognized as one of the most influential transgender models:
” Now one of the most recognizable transgender models in the world, Bosnian-Australian model Andreja Pejić started her career in the early 2000s as the world’s first completely androgynous supermodel, never conforming to gender norms and walking in both men’s and women’s shows for Jean Paul Gautier and Marc Jacobs.
After undergoing sex reassignment surgery in 2013, Pejić publicly came out as transgender, and has since appeared on the covers of many major fashion magazines. She even forayed into film in the 2018 crime thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web.”
When Canadian YouTuber, actress, and model Gigi Gorgeous began uploading videos to her channel in 2008, she had no idea her story would capture the attention of American pop culture. After coming out as transgender in 2013,
Gorgeous documented her journey through social media and viral videos, and she was the subject of a documentary called This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (2017).
Gorgeous has modeled for magazine covers and fashion spreads, in addition to partnering with beauty brands like Too Faced and Pantene.
Roberta Close was the first transgender model to pose for Playboy Brazil, was voted “the most beautiful model in Brazil,” and joined the ranks of ‘90s supermodels Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista on the runway in 1991.
She walked for designers such as Thierry Mugler, Guy Laroche, and Jean Paul Gaultier, and published an autobiography in 1998.
Muse to pop art designer Stephen Sprouse, blonde beauty Teri Toye was the center of attention in New York’s ‘80s nightclub scene. A certified It girl, she stumbled upon a career in modeling by accident after befriending Sprouse and walking in his punk fashion shows.
She signed with Click Models and walked for designers such as Chanel, Thierry Mugler, and Jean Paul Gaultier. In 1987, Toye disappeared from the New York modeling scene, only to resurface again in 2009 for the launch of Sprouse’s book.
Nonetheless, she was a force to be reckoned with and made waves for transgender models to come.
As most of the United States is suffering through intense heat, it’s time to pull out those tank tops you maybe haven’t had a chance to wear in awhile.
In Seattle where Connie lives the temperature today is expected to reach well over one hundred degrees (F).
The picture is of Connie doing her job pre-covid by keeping the plants beautiful (as she is!) in downtown Seattle,
As uncomfortable as all the heat is, it does give us transgender women a chance to show a womans most valuable beauty commodity, our skin.
Around here in Ohio the temps are supposed to be near 90 and Liz and I are supposed to go out tonight. I have finally located my favorite sandals and now if I can get my feet public ready, I will wear them tonight.
In the meantime, somehow- someway I hope all of you out West manage to get rain and relief from the heat.
Talackova entered the history books in 2012 when, after securing entry to Miss Universe Canada, she was outed by someone who recognized her from a 2010 Thai beauty pageant for transgender women. The Miss Universe pageant disqualified Talackova, who contacted famed feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, who took on the case and challenged the pageant. The organization reversed its stance under the pressure, and Talackova made it into the top 12 contestants before losing out, though she was one of the pageant’s Miss Congeniality winners that year. A picture below:
This my my attempt at a humorous look at my early days of DIY hair coloring from 2015:
“Finally, a couple nights ago, I broke down and colored by hair-basically by myself. I will explain.
“Basically” means I only made a mess with the color base in a couple spots, like the bathroom door and sink. If you have ever worked with hair color, it will stain almost anything and get you (me) hollered at. No pressure? Plus I sort of figured if I screwed up bad enough, Liz would help. I didn’t and neither did she.
Lets back track a bit to where I got to this place. Looking back years ago to when I put my wigs aside and began attempting to style my own hair. Very simply, I called this the first time in my life I had to see the back of my head and brush out my hair. A “Pink Floyd” song? “The Dark Side of the Head?” Seriously, being able to experience the thrill of having/wearing my own hair has been worth the hassle. Having said that, if you are a transgender woman of means- you can afford the monthly trip to your hairdresser and is flat out wonderful.
I can’t afford the luxury though so I had to enter the DIY hair color biz. From the school of hard hair mistakes-here are a few of mine:
Read the instructions…don’t be a guy…read the instructions.
When those mean old instructions tell you to “PUT ON THE GLOVES”-do it.
Save back a couple of old towels you don’t care if you color too for your removal process.
BE CAREFUL and don’t get the color on walls, tile, cat, carpet etc. Get it on your noggin.
Make sure you color your roots completely. Or you will be like me and your gray hair will come back fast and look like a huge bald spot.
Don’t worry about the color which gets on to your skin around your temples, DO worry about not coloring your temples. (hair)
The rest is up to you and the color product you purchased. Mine calls for rinse, two shampoos, and a conditioner.
So, there you go, but to me totally worth it and I felt positively terrible until I colored my hair. We all learn early as cross dressers or transgender women what hair means to us. Plus with Thanksgiving here, I didn’t want to go to the family with the way my hair looked.
I took my abuse for making a mess and feel quite satisfied with the job I did looks. The question is now how long more will I stick with my “Vibrant Violet” hair color.”
Fortunately now, I can have a professional help me.