Yeah it’s great there are transsexual/transgender models and beauty pageant contestants.
But honestly I don’t give a shit about models or beauty pageants. The whole hoopla seems so anachronistic, so 1950s or 1960s.
Don’t get me wrong I still get Vogue or Elle along with Vanity Fair even though I think most of the clothes and virtually all of the shoes they peddle are stupid and demeaning.
I actually tend to look at the photo credits more than at the model credits.
I actually modeled for a few months in 1974 and did some movie extra work. Working as an extra was a hell of a lot more fun because I got to see the mechanics of how they shoot movies and television.
As for my modeling. I had an agenda. I wanted to see how fashion photographers did what they did and improve my photography at a time when it was next to impossible for women to get gigs as photographer’s assistants.
I like clothes but I was never all that into high fashion, when I was really into clothes I was more influences by hippie women who were musicians.
As for jewelry I’d rather have a Nikon or a Leica with a fast lens hanging around my neck than expensive jewelry.
As far as I am concerned Jenna Talackov’s winning the right to compete in the beauty pageant was more important than her actually competing.
The same with the current crop of models. They are fifty years or so past any right o claim being the first but they are more open about it and making a greater splash which is cool.
But there are a lot of sisters and brothers out there doing stuff that I find far more interesting.
Writers, musicians, activists, professors and the like.
Maybe it is because I like those things too.
But maybe all this emphasis on models and beauty pageants seems to reinforces things I see as negative stereotypes of our being sex objects not only as TS/TG women but simply as women.
Some how I think most of us are more than just sex toys and beauty objects.
I always felt left out from all those surveys that tried to make my being transsexual about either clothes or men. It was like I was out of step because I felt it was more about feeling at home in my own body.
I was pretty enough to have men (not to mention more than a few women) lust after me but I always felt there was more to me than my appearance.
All the emphasis on appearance and glamor seems so misogynistic, so reactionary and so anti-feminist.
It is also pretty boring.
Drag pageants at least had the sub-culture thing going for them and a level of Brechtian irony about them.
Straight beauty pageants are too shallow to have irony.