Posted on April 2, 2010 by Sublimefemme
“As far as I’m concerned, being any gender is a drag.”
Contrary to popular opinion, glamour isn’t pretty. It’s not all about glitz and gold lamé, kids. And although it may be mysterious, there’s really nothing evanescent about glamour. Glamorous people–and even objects–are unmistakable. My point here is simple; we all instantly recognize glamour when we see it, even when it takes unpredictable forms.
Case in point, punk icon, writer, and artist Patti Smith, who channels a gritty, bohemian glamour into everything she does. I love her androgynous “uniform”–the skinny tie, white shirt, and mannish black jacket–which she’s been wearing since the 70s with an anarchistic insouciance that borders on antistyle. What could be more glamorous than that?
PS “Glitter in Their Eyes” appears on Smith’s album Gung Ho (2000).
Filed under: Beauty, Lesbian & Queer Genders | Tagged: androgyny, fashion, glamour, godmother of punk, Horses, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Wave | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 23, 2009 by Sublimefemme
I can’t say I agree with all their picks, but I’m happy to see Kate Moennig, Beth Ditto, kd lang, and Joan Jett on Autostraddle’s Top 10 Lesbian Style & Fashion Icons list.
I love that dapper kd talks about herself almost as a third gender while simultaneously owning her “womanly” body. I’m not a Jackie Warner fan, but I think she deserved to make the list. But hey where’s Rachel Maddow, the new “Butch Fatale?”
I should admit that Ellen Degeneres is #1 on their list, but I would much rather put up a pic of Kate Moennig (#2) than Ellen. In addition to being everyone’s favorite sexy andro tomboy, she really does have great style. So there, Autostraddle! And you’re welcome, dear readers.
Filed under: Celebrity, Lesbian & Queer Genders, News and Events | Tagged: androgyny, Beth Ditto, Jackie Warner, Joan Jett, Kate Moennig, kd lang, lesbian style, Rachel Maddow, tomboy | 6 Comments »
Posted on May 13, 2009 by Sublimefemme
Thought it was time to butch things up around here.
No, not me, silly! I’m thinking more like Jenny Shimizu. But wait, I know what you’re thinking. She’s looking femmey as a judge on Bravo’s series Make Me a Supermodel, right? I can understand why she wouldn’t want to get stuck in one look. (I’m lying, actually–I can’t!) Sigh. The femme-inization of Jenny Shimizu is a sad development for yours truly, so I’m posting some photos of her sizzling andro-butch side.
For inquiring minds, that famous tattoo–which you can see clearly in Ellen Von Unwerth’s photograph–is an image of a pin-up girl riding a crescent wrench. The lettering on the wrench says “strap-on” instead of “snap-on,” which is actually Jenny’s preferred brand of hand and power tools. (“I use snap-on, bitch,” she snarled at one interviewer. ) Speaking of which, those motocycles are not just props, girls. Shimizu is probably the first (and only?) lesbian supermodel who rides bikes and is a mechanic. Is it hot in here or is it just me?
Filed under: Beauty, Lesbian & Queer Genders | Tagged: androgyny, butch, Ellen Von Unwerth, Jenny Shimizu | 11 Comments »
Posted on April 17, 2009 by Sublimefemme
Because you can’t get enough! Here are some of my favorite photos of the stunning Dominican model Omahara Mota. I like these images because they highlight her gender fluidity. Because she’s so edgy, she doesn’t really read as androgynous to me–I see her as more genderqueer or tomboy femme.
The first 2 photographs are by Ellen von Unwerth. Sorry I don’t know the name of the other model (reclining on the bed) in the first image. If anyone else does, please let me know. The third photo is from a fantastic series by Phillip Meuller. I believe the last pic was taken at Fashion Week in Paris last year. Enjoy!
Filed under: Beauty, Lesbian & Queer Genders | Tagged: androgyny, genderqueer, Omahara Mota, tomboy femme | 6 Comments »
Posted on March 30, 2009 by Sublimefemme
In her comment on my Tomboy Chic post, angiesyounglover posted a great Studio Show movie featuring the androgynous Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen. (Thanks AYL!) For me, Freja highlights the distinction between being a tomboy and being androgynous. Like Jenny Shimizu, Freja is so gender flexible that she’s almost post-gender. And yet, she really does take the risks of identifying with the extremes of gender much like tomboy femmes.
Especially in light of the “tomboy chic” phenomenon, I’m curious about the influence of Freja and other contemporary models (of various sexual orientations) who are known for their androgynous looks. Omahyra Mota? Agyness Deyn? Anja Rubik? Who else? I’m not very familiar with the world of high fashion modeling so please make suggestions.
Here are some pics of Freja from the February 2009 issue of i-D magazine. What do you think?
Filed under: Beauty, Lesbian & Queer Genders | Tagged: androgyny, Freja Beha Erichsen, tomboy chic | 8 Comments »