Transgender People Break into Brazil’...

Transgender People Break into Brazil’s Modeling Sector

There are 3 comments on the www.southfloridagaynews.com story from Dec 9, 2012, titled Transgender People Break into Brazil’s Modeling Sector. In it, www.southfloridagaynews.com reports that:

Walking the catwalk in a Brazilian bikini is a nerve-racking experience for even the most seasoned of models, but for Felipa Tavares it’s nothing short of terrifying. The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil’s small but growing ranks of transgender models - leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born men and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals.

Though they emerged onto the scene here just around two years ago, Brazil’s so-called trans-models have already added a pinch of exoticism to the country’s showcase modeling sector - long dominated by blonde women such as Brazilian uber-model Gisele Bundchen. The trans-models’ newfound prominence also points to a seismic shift in Brazilian society, which has seen macho, homophobic attitudes soften in recent years as gays win more legal rights.

"We are in the 21st century and there is just more tolerance in the air. Here in Brazil we now have gay mayors, gay lawmakers," said Sergio Mattos, director of the Rio-based modeling agency 40 Graus Models. "So why not trans-models? The world has evolved and now discrimination is, thankfully, becoming a thing of the past."

In the fashion world, gender ambivalence has been a la mode since the 1970s with the emergence of glam rock and its poster child, David Bowie. But today’s trans-model trend exploded with Lea T., a 5-foot-11-inch stunner who catapulted to international stardom in 2010 as the muse of coveted Paris couture label Givenchy. Born a boy to Brazilian soccer-star Leandro Cerezo, the wild-maned brunette model appeared last year on the cover of edgy British fashion magazine Love, where she’s shown locked in a smoldering kiss with supermodel Kate Moss.

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“MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN”

Since: Nov 12

Avon, Co

#1 Dec 10, 2012
Good for them.

I always wanted to date a transsexual and see if friendship formed and then romance. You know, a person who was born a male then either felt in wrong body and dresses like a female and looks pretty or perhaps went all the way. Either way would be fine and it would come down to the individual of course since, I'd not want to date just to say I dated a transsexual but to fall in love and a lasting relationship. There is something special about people like transsexuals and in old Greece and Rome and other points in history, they were most admired of all. Not just transsexual but transgender meaning might still have parts born with or not. Makes no difference to me.

The important thing is the person and the fem qualities. I'm sure some women would like to date those who dress like males or live as males. I'm looking for a person who dresses and looks female but was not born that way other than mind is. Mind is the sexual organ in humans. Gender is not very important in love for me.

“MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN”

Since: Nov 12

Avon, Co

#2 Dec 10, 2012
BTW, if any on here, give me a post. I am a true romantic and always have been even as a kid. I have no enemies and have never hated another human or living creature. I've never felt that emotion against living things. I have felt it against actions of some people like Hitler for example. His actions, I hate and Pat Robertson is a terrorist getting away with it and I hate that and his actions but do not hate him.

“MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN”

Since: Nov 12

Avon, Co

#3 Dec 10, 2012
I am blond, blue eyes, thin but not too thin and considered attractive. I used to be a model but am not now. I'm not some muscle bound body builder type.

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