FROM MAN TO WOMAN: CARMEN CARRERA, TRANSGENDER MODEL

Yolanda Di Mambro August 16, 2013 Comments Off
FROM MAN TO WOMAN: CARMEN CARRERA, TRANSGENDER MODEL

Did you always think that Andrej Pejic was the most feminine and graceful male model? Then take a look at Carmen Carrera, an American transgender model who appears in “Show Girl”, an amazing editorial shot by Steven Meisel for WMagazine. “The trailblazing performer is dressed to thrill,” titles WMagazine.

Carmen Carrera is a transgender American reality TV personality, model and burlesque performer, best known for appearing on the 3rd season of the drag queen TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

In her interview with WMagazine in August 2013, she says: “I’m a Jersey girl. I was raised by my mom—who was the flyest girl ever—my older sister, and my grandmother. My father died of AIDS when I was 2, but I grew up really happy; there were women around me all the time, and a lot of love. My mom is Peruvian and curly-haired and is a big beauty inspiration for me. We’d always be singing the latest hits, and she would enroll me in little plays, but I was shy. I was more into doing things by myself: I’d wrap a T-shirt around my head and put on makeup to try to look like her. I knew that I was different, but my mom never told me I should be any other way. Consequently, I didn’t grow up thinking that I was wrong being who I was—until I got to school. That’s when the actress in me had to come out.

I’d see kids who were gay, and they’d get picked on. So I learned very quickly that I had to keep certain things to myself: I’d try to act like a boy and wear sneakers. It helped that I was friends with all the cool girls. They would hang out with the popular boys, who knew better than to tease me or the girls would get on their case. But straight after finishing high school, I left them all—I went to New York, like, that weekend. I’d gotten a brand-new car, and I started going to the Village and getting to know the scene. I went to my first drag show at a Latin club called Escuelita. The finale starred this stunningly beautiful goddess. She was obviously a transwoman, and she took my breath away. At the time I was studying photography in college, so I would take pictures of the shows, and I got to know all the girls. I also started doing makeup professionally, but surprisingly I discovered that what I really wanted to do was perform. I participated in an amateur show, and the audience loved me—I won! After that, I started touring clubs and acquired a fan base. I also realized that being onstage gave me an escape: I could be feminine, which is what I was on the inside. I never felt like a gay guy—growing up I’d pray that I would wake up a girl.”

Read the whole article on Carmen Carrera on
http://www.wmagazine.com/fashion/features/2013/08/carmen-carrera-transgender-performer-autobiographical-essay/

 

FROM MAN TO WOMAN: CARMEN CARRERA, TRANSGENDER MODEL

Photos: Courtesy of WMagazine

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Video zum Editorial Show Girl (Video: YouTube, WMagazine)
Video: WMagazine

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Video: Carmen Carrera

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