Beauty is defined by a combination of qualities—shape, color and form—that please the aesthetic senses. Over time, our conception of beauty has evolved as our cultural and aesthetic values have changed. The shift from our Twiggy days to our collective obsession with the Kardashians comes to mind.
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Thailand is widely considered a paradise of transgender acceptance. But the realities of life as a so-called "ladyboy" don't always reflect that reputation. We spoke with three members of the transgender community there to get a clearer picture.
Denali Berries Stuckey, a year-old South Carolina woman, was found fatally shot last week in Charleston, the 12th black transgender woman to be killed in the US this year. She was positive but straightforward, in a way you couldn't help but love, he said. According to Judon, Stuckey had been working as a nail technician and loved makeup, fashion, and following trends. He said her death is a "huge loss" for both the community and Stuckey's close-knit family.
Because we want you to get it — It being anything that makes your life as your true self, easier. Because we want cisgender people to get it — That we are people too, that we are to be respected, and deserve the same rights and level of respect that they enjoy. Because we want politicians to get it — That putting policies in place that help transgender people is good for society.
Smith for CNN. Dallas CNN Muhlaysia Booker was honored in death Tuesday the same way she lived her life, as a fierce, beautiful transgender woman, surrounded by those who loved her. Theresa Whitehead holds a photograph of her friend Muhlaysia Booker, a transgender woman who was shot this month in Dallas, Texas.
However, it's actually what happened next that best exemplifies the impossibly gendered tightrope that trans women are expected to traverse. The owner of the diner, a cis gay man, actually pulled up a seat at my table and asked if I had overheard the exchange. I nodded yes.
These transgender models are inspirations for fashion designers and fans alike. And their talents aren't limited to the runway. Some notable trans models also act in films, while other popular transgender models moonlight as musicians. Some of the most notable transgender models connect with their fans via YouTube vlogs.
As a comedian and all-around performer, I spend way too much time looking at it, not because I am particularly vain but because appearance and, subsequently, visibility are essential to making my work sustainable. My being seen as the woman I am is almost entirely dependent on my ability to perform femininity as its been established in our culture—namely, to be beautiful. There is an unfair assumption made about each of our gender identities based on how we look, but gender identity and appearance are two completely separate things.