Think you look different with makeup on?
Check out these UH-mazing photos of New York City drag queens in and out of their makeup shot by famed photographer Leland Bobbé. This photo shoot is beautiful. The makeup these guys do is really spectacular! I mean, the shading and blending in their makeup is breath taking. What, do these guys all go though some extensive and fabulous Drag-Queen-Bootcamp to get this stuff down? And the transformations they go through! I literally put my hand up to the screen to cover the “male” side of each and everyone of the photos and damn! They, for the most part, look nothing like the “regular” half. You can see the features and such but the Drag persona definitely takes over. I love this. It’s such a flattering way to showcase Drag Queens- not just another kitchy, cheesy show of feather boas and glitter- this shows pure artistry. Think what you may about Drag, but it’s an artform. I’m all for it!
In his Half-Drag series, New York photographer Leland Bobbé captures the two sides of the city’s drag queens — the extravagantly made-up drag divas and the organic men that lie beneath.
Bobbé tells Huffington Post Gay Voices, “Through the power of hair and makeup these men are able to completely transform themselves and find their female side while simultaneously showing their male side.” Shockingly, the identities are composed in camera and are not separate images joined during editing.
Bobbé posted the first portrait of the Half-Drag series on his blog last March, writing, “I got great feedback on the image so I decided to reach out to other drag queens using Facebook as my main means of communication… I’ve now shot four people with many more on the way. We’ll see where this takes me…”
Five months later, the project has taken the award-winning photographer far: It has been featured in Italian Vogue, fashion site Refinery 29, as well as in other websites and blogs from around the world. Bobbé reflects, “This is what the term ‘gone viral’ is all about.”
Beautiful ladies right ?
Or not !
These incredibly beautiful and feminine models are actually not women at all. This is a product of the 21st Century. The greased-up blond-haired beauty is actually Australian male model Andrej Pejic and the leggy Brunette ? He is the first transsexual high fashion model from the sexy country of Brazil , Leandro Cerezo , more famously known as Lea T.
Andrej is only 19 years old and he’s already modeled for both women and mens designer clothing. Gucci , Jean Paul Gaultier , and Marc Jacob have all featured the long-haired hunk in their runway shows and print ads along with countless magazine spreads which highlight and play on the model’s androgyny ( a mix of masculine and feminine features ). I highly respect the fact that he chooses to model women’s clothes and mens , tittering on the line between gender and what the world sees as “beauty”. He’s even modeled for street-wear chic women line Made Me - and I totally thought it was a flat-chested woman the whole time! incredible!
Lea T. is the first of her (him?) kind. Shes beautiful , has an incredible body , and that long brown hair of hers (HIS?!) is to die for. The son of the famous Brazilian football player Toninho Cerezo , he was born as a “male” – but felt as if he had been placed in the wrong body , known as ”Gender Identity Disorder”. Known for her full lips and sexy long legs , she’s worked as the face of Givenchy both on the runway and in spreads – as well as graced the pages of Vogue Paris, Interview Magazine, and Love magazine (pictured below) , where she’s seen kissing supermodel Kate Moss in a hot spread.
On occasion, the fashion world takes the unfamiliar and what others sees as “strange” and turns it into a thing of beauty and praise. A world where men can model women’s clothing? That’s what I mean when I say a product of the 21st century , because never would I have imagined that this type of acceptance would be coming from the fashion industry. In a way , these two models - Andrej and Lea T. are making strides for others everywhere to become accepted in whatever they choose to pursue.
Check out more pictures after the jump (you know you want to) , as well as an interesting interview with Lea T. and Oprah - where she discusses where she hides her junk , her upcoming sex change surgery , and how she’s deals with her sexuality issues.
This upcoming week , the women’s charity organization a.k.a. lesbian/bi-sexual/women’s empowerment movement Aqua Girl will be in town for their annual Aqua Girl Week 2011. During this week they will have several events featuring pool parties, receptions , happy hours , and dinner parties all in the name of girl power! Check out the Aqua Girl website for more info on all their events going down May 11th-15th. And if you’ve never seen the pictures of their pool parties check those shits out , shit gets wild , like …. wild.
And for the first time in a lonnnggg time the girls of Nina Sky will be gracing our fair city at Grand Central! I heard one of them was lesbiana but that doesn’t matter does it?!? Anyways its going to be super dope performance plus they now also DJ as a duo which is dope , these girls are definitely fashionable and beautiful ladies and even though they might not be mainstream anymore they have a huge following on the underground streetwear/new york/urban scenesters crowd.
2DB will def be in the building! So check that shit out.
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