I was first introduced to model androgyny when I read an article on hermaphrodites in modeling (try as I might, I cannot find that article; so if you know the one I’m talking about, please message me!). It was enlightening to be made aware that there are models that can pose as male or female with limited modification. Androgyny in modeling was always something I had thought about when seeing the feminine looking men and the masculine looking women in Harpers Bazaar or Red Book growing up. I wondered, sometimes, if these people were really posing as the opposite sex.
Switch Hitter Extraordinaire
Then, to further build on this idea, Elliot Sailors becomes a switch hitter. Well, technically she’s not modeling as a woman anymore, but I’m sure that if she were offered a job modeling as a female, she would take it. It’s become a matter of finding work in your field and androgyny has done that for this woman. I commend her for her resourcefulness and her ability to adapt. She’s a brave woman.
When it comes to the modeling world, there is a clear definition of beauty for women, but not for men. I think Sailors is correct when she says she has a long career ahead of her as a male model. It’s sad to think that at 31 years old and clearly still beautiful, she’s considered past her prime. I think a cultural shift needs to happen. It’s already happening in other countries. But we need to grow this into something bigger, something that encompasses all beauty.
Around the Web
Modeling women’s clothes – you don’t want to get me started on the last thing she asks him.
April Ashley – just because she’s awesome!
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