Thirty years old, Nikki Eason is doing something different and inspiring for the gay scene. Under the umbrella of her marketing company, Between Us, Eason has launched a web series called ‘The Androgynous Model’.
The series was created to help all people who struggle to be accepted for who they truly are in efforts of being able to offer a platform of change within the industry for androgynous people.
The Androgynous Model web series has gained attention globally in such a short amount of time. The show and I have been featured in the October ’13 weekly issue for Creative Loafing Charlotte, and the March ’14 issue of Curve Magazine. We have also had features on websites such as DAPPERQ, Iambalexander and takinoverradio.com to name a few…
My vision and the series was created to help all people who struggle to be accepted for who they truly are in efforts of being able to offer a platform of change within the industry for androgynous people.
Casey Legler, is a woman model currently earning her keep working as a male model. Although androgyny has often been celebrated by the fashion world; with women playing male roles, and men playing female; there are not many making their living exclusively from such an act.
Yet, recently the trend has shifted. We have Andrej Pejic, a young male model, making a splash with his femininity, and now Legler who two years-ago signed a contract with Ford Models.
This new play on gender identity is one that is being embraced by both females and males across the global. However, Legler doesn’t want to be the poster boy for “gender identity” and “gender expression”. She labels her look an expression of ‘freedom’.
“I understand signifiers. We’re social creatures and we have a physical language of communicating with each other…”
Standing 6’2, Legler clear defines her self as a female, but her close-cropped hair, neck tattoos and lanky frame give her just enough of a masculine look to model suits and baggy jeans as convincingly as the next male model.
“… it would be a really beautiful thing if we could all just wear what we wanted, without it meaning something.”
After facing a photoshopping scandal, Ellen invited this young model to discuss the controversy. The results may surprise you.
Photo-shopping models is becoming a massive taboo, with many calling for its ban (with some success), but retailers are still using unrealistic photos of women to distortion the reality of beauty.
Last month a Target swimsuit ad proved to be target for its ridiculous photoshop fails – you know, the one with the crotch cut out and arms reaching past the model’s knees.
On her show, Ellen DeGeneres decided to give the model a chance to explain just how much the photo was actually retouched…
Target has issued a response to the backlash and criticism it received when they published photos to their website. The statement reads: “In response to your query about the swimsuit image on Target.com, this was an unfortunate error on our part and we apologise. We have removed the image from our Web site,” a company spokesman said. Asked how the mistake occurred, “It was the result of a photo editing error on our part.”
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