Females working as male models

Females working as male models

I never told anybody, but I wanted to be a model when I was 14. Here’s the photo I would have sent into Dolly magazine but I was stopped by my fear of what others would think. On my own, I didn’t get brave enough to send it in.

I love doing photo shoots. I had a break up with the camera for a long time in my early twenties – I couldn’t even be with a lens being pointed at me. The most empowering thing was to get behind the camera and learn to use it. My girlfriend had a great SLR camera and taught me the basics. I later moved on to disposable cameras and took a series of self-portraits while travelling around Australia.

Last year when I was in Thailand, I met a beautiful dark skinned man in his mid-60s from the US. He stopped mid track in the café I was sitting in and looked quizzically at me. “What are you?” he said, not unkindly. He was warm and curious. He said, “I can’t quite tell – in one moment you are beautiful and then in the next moment, you’re extremely handsome… Are you androgynous?”

I’d never really thought about it before. But I like it.

I just discovered there are females who do male modelling –

Casey Ledger the first woman to sign for an exclusively male modelling contract and Elliot Sailors who gets mistaken for a gay male couple when walking down the street with her husband…

Elliot Sailors and Adam Santos-Coy

These pioneering women are inspiring the bezeejus out of me!

Casey Legler










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