Fashion Editorial

Androgynous Models Who Are Breaking The Gender Rules

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There is something different happening in the catwalks. For years, the fashion world has watched models like Stella Tennant and Agyness Deyn gracing the covers of fashion magazines, but it seems bookers are taking the androgynous direction of modeling a step further with the hiring of 35-year old Casey Legler, a former Olympic swimmer, to model menswear.

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This new direction began when Lea T, a transsexual model who is the face of Givenchy graced the cover of Elle. She modeled women’s fashion while she was still decidedly male. She underwent sexual reassignment only last year, while already established as a model for women’s fashion. She even posed naked for a magazine hiding her genitals with her hands.

Then Andrej Pejic burst into the fashion scene, the Bosnian-born model that started out as a male model but eventually ended up modeling women’s fashion. His portfolio includes having worked for the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier. He came out in Barcelona’s bridal week last year wearing a bridal dress.

Stav Strashko followed soon after, the Ukranian born model creating quite a stir when he came out in the Toyota advertisement wearing a red bikini. Tilda Swinton modeled menswear for Pringle two years ago. Liu Xianping became an online sensation when the 72-year old grandfather came out with photographs of him wearing his grandaughter’s fashion wares in his attempt to help establish her online fashion store. It seems that the fashion world is slowly softening its strict gender rules as men model women’s fashion and vice versa.

What are your thought regarding this new direction the fashion world is heading to?

My name is Angela Ricardo Bethea and I am the founder and editor behind ( and many other online publications ) ... I love the finer things in life, I'm quite a shop-a-holic and a certified jet-setter. So if I am not behind my laptop to blog, I'd probably be shopping if not traveling.


  1. Chubskulit Rose

    January 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    It’s getting weirder as time passes by. I guess, that’s how fashion evolves. Everything changes right?

  2. Mommy Liz

    January 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    transsexual models can now be seen in most magazines. They carry themselves pretty good though. I love your choice of pictures. The second picture is kind of interesting 🙂

  3. tatess

    January 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    These types of models are saleble this days.Probably audience are curious to watch them modelling and got interested with the items.We’re talking money here so they keep hiring them.

  4. jheylo

    January 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    reminds me of Rustom Padilla. I know there’s a lot of people like him these days. I’m all up to Bible principles which says men should be men and women should be women. But this kind of sexuality has become rampant in our society now.

  5. Peachy Adarne

    January 28, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Fashion is weird..LOL!

  6. Mary Anne Vinzon

    January 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Women models have their new competitor right now which are the transsexual models. I was not surprised because even in the beauty competition the transsexual are also accepted.

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