It’s the inside that counts

Gender Dysphoria is an expensive word for being born in the wrong body. For example, a person who is physically a girl may actually feel and act like a boy. Those people have the characteristics or nature of both male and female. The person is very uncomfortable with the gender they were born as.

Many individuals with gender identity disorder become socially isolated, which can contribute to low self-esteem. Studies seem to indicate that transgender people have an exceptionally high rate of suicide; one study of 6,450 transgender people in the United States found 41% had attempted suicide, compared to a national average of 1.6%. Luckily there is more knowledge about transgendered and how their brains work. Also being a transgender is not that strange as it used to be anymore. It’s socially accepted.

Why is is cool

That androgyny is accepted we also see in fashion. Designers have been sending women down the runway in sharply tailored suits and dressing men in kilts and skintight pants for decades. But recently, a crop of models has gained notoriety for building careers posing as the opposite sex.

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Valentijn de High

The proof of this is Valentijn de Hingh, born in 1990. Valentijn is a Dutch model and columnist and in the same time she is a transgender. Valentijn became famous trough a documentary were the transition from men to women for nine years were followed. From an eighteen-year-old boy who feels like a girl to a 17-year-old young women. She grew up in Lelystad and now lives in Amsterdam where she is studying literature studies and french. After she had the transgendered surgery in 2007 she began to work as a model.

The self-conscious young women is a style icon for many people. Although she is too long with her height of 1.85, she still can continue modeling because there is so much interest in androgen models. Designers should have a preference for the ’’easy bodies,’’  where they don’t need to deal with difficult curves.

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Erika Linder

Erika Linder is also a  androgyny model. The thing different between Erika and Valentijn is that Valentijn changed her body to the opposite gender to feel comfortable and Erika on the other side didn’t changed a thing about herself and feels comfortable with both of the genders.

Erika worked in the fashion industry for a few years now and it helped her to define her personal style. She didn’t want to be a androgyny model only, she wants to do more that being in front of the camera. That is why she made her own brand with items that she wears her self all the time. Her style is unisex, and so is the brand. All the items are plain and simple to mach and for everyone to wear.

She is also to see as the  star of a new campaign from Swedish label Crocker by JC Jeans Company. In the campaign you can see Erika as both a mens- and womenswear model.

She says, “I have too much imagination to just be one gender.”

It is great to see that androgyny is so accepted in the fashion world but also in the normal daily life. The theme is getting more spread wordwide and seen as normal. That is why I think we are going to see a lot less unhappy childeren who are dealing with this geNder issue. It is not unknown and rare anymore and it is socially accepted. It is not going to be a disadvantage in the future, but something cool and different!

sources

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentijn_de_Hingh

http://www.npogezond.nl/tv-uitzending/VPWON_1176489/Valentijn-de-Hingh-over-haar-genderdysforie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_identity_disorder

http://www.buzzfeed.com/saeedjones/8-stunningly-beautiful-androgynous-models#.exmX1G6Vp

http://www.erikalinder.com/

http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/ad-day-erika-linder-him-and-her-mesmerizing-campaign-crocker-jeans-156024

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