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Androgyny in Fashion and Art

(UPDATED: May 3, 2016)

Androgynous people combine male and female properties with little or no compromise. It is a best-of-both-worlds style that is both artistic and unique. The ones who demonstrate androgyny the best are the ones who blur the lines between male and female with incredible ease. In fashion, dressing up in and sharing cues from the opposite gender helps make the whole androgynous experience even more unique. Certain fashion models do a great job at males offering feminine charm and females offering masculine charm. It is not about females looking masculine. It is not about males looking feminine. It certainly is NOT crossdressing or transgenderism. It is about combining cues from both genders into one unrealistically artistic package.

This massive blog entry is about androgyny, both as art and as fashion. I want to thank everyone whom have helped to make this blog post popular since its initial posting.

WARNING: Some of the content in this blog entry may not be suitable for all audiences. A Jump Break will be provided to keep this blog post friendly for all (or almost all) audiences. Therefore, you will need to read the fully blog entry to see the entirety of what I have to offer here.


LATEST UPDATE(s):

MAY 3 2016 - complete makeover of post






Androgyny at a Glance


Androgyny, in its simplest sense, is a where a person of a certain birth gender bears strong visual qualities of his/her opposite gender. An androgynous male bears beautiful and feminine features. An androgynous female bears boyish and masculine qualities in her looks. I think a big note in all of this is that androgyny does not involve having any sort of surgery or hormone usage. The whole deal here is about natural genderless beauty, not having surgery to permanently be the opposite sex.

Some are able to perfectly transition or dress up as his/her opposite seamlessly. If any bunch of people are pretty good at being androgynous, it's mostly emo people. Some emo boys can be greatly androgynous and do very well at feminine-style or feminine-inspired looks. In no way am I influenced or indulged with any rock-influenced culture, but it is one thing I wanted to point out on the topic of androgynous people. The androgynous influence also goes into things like males who are involved in visual kei.

On the androgynous female side, the ones I usually know as being androgynous are usually butch lesbians. There are, however, females who have very boyish looks. Some can seamlessly wear either masculine clothing cut for a feminine body or wear male clothing while providing a feminine twist. The idea goes beyond clothing. In fact, you also need a good hairstyle to complete the boyish touch.

The most disliked aspect of androgynous dress is also what gives androgyny its character:

Trap Factor.

The thing that brings most people to disappointment is in finding out what one things is a beautiful woman... all to find out that beautiful woman is actually a man. This is the element of androgyny that makes most people cringe. However, it is also the touch of a trap to provide that element of surprise.




The Most Attractive Aspect of Androgyny


What speaks the highest volumes in regards to androgynous people (especially androgynous males) is the amount of confidence in an androgynous male's style of dress. It takes a great deal of bravery and confidence to wear some feminine garments while also looking fabulous in such clothes. Think about it for a moment- it takes confidence for a girl to wear a mini skirt or a short dress. It is not like any female can show off her legs in a cute skirt or dress, and the same applies for wearing a chic pair of shoes or sandals.

Even more of a wow factor is envisioning a MALE wearing feminine garments while looking almost every bit as fabulous as a girl would. Some males can pull it off, though. As much as a girl is confident in her style of dress, a guy confident in his style of dress is just as hot. A good sense of style (and perhaps even things like exercise to help shape your body) can also go a long way to being confident as an androgynous beauty.

You will see later in this blog post the beauty of androgyny once I introduce you to some androgynous people.




The Seductive Appeal of Androgyny


As much as illusion is the beauty of fashion, it also applies to seeing androgynous people. In the case of a male having feminine beauty, we are often times drawn to elements that make most females beautiful. Us [heterosexual] males are often naturally turned on by the image of a female with a luscious body- smooth legs, voluptuous belly, lovely face, flowing hair... the like. Some of these androgynous males sometimes wear feminine fashions to express their inner goddess or princess a bit more. They may wear feminine footwear or even mini dresses. These androgynous males who sometimes wear feminine clothes are not exactly transvestites or anything. They sometimes would dress up in feminine clothes while not wanting to be a full-time female. But in the case of a male that looks too feminine, most of us males quickly become disgusted finding out that the beautiful lady we thought we were looking at... is actually a male with a deliciously feminine body. Some feminine-looking males are so attractive you almost WISH they were real genetic females. :)

The seductive appeal of androgyny can also happen involving boyish females. Of course, the instant appeal of a boyish female isn't as apparent as a feminine-looking male. Some females are able to take elements of male fashion and male fashion cues while giving them a very feminine touch.

I think when someone looks so much his/her opposite gender or bears beauty characteristics of one's opposite gender, it's a real testament to how beautiful someone really is. A term I will use often is "genderless beauty" to describe those who have that middle ground of beauty- neither a beautiful male or a beautiful female, but masculine and feminine beauty with little or no compromise.




My Inspiration for This Blog Post


In about 2004, I was an Art History 1 student. We once did a section on ancient Greek sculptures of humans. The way that male sculptures were portrayed and illustrated got to me in a way that I grown to appreciate the beauty of the male form. This would begin myself looking at things in different ways. After all, art has the tendency to change your perception of the world and of others.

This new sense of art I've absorbed has gotten me to appreciate the human body a bit more, especially of the male body. With the right touch, the male body can be just as beautiful as even the most attractive of women. The average heterosexual male would cringe at the notion of calling another male handsome or attractive. However, I have learned to find beauty in all people. There is at least one aspect about all of us that makes us beautiful and unique.






Various Androgynes: Androgynous Males


QUICK NOTE: Images from Flickr may be used. I am looking for newer ways to properly credit any Flickr images I use. So click on any image from Flickr to be able to properly view the original images.

I want to begin with a young man that has really shown me that androgynous males can be just as beautiful as almost any female. An androgynous gay model from Australia blurs the lines between masculine and feminine beauty. Photos of him showcase his genderless beauty. His name is...


David Paris.


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^ from: ??? - Australian androgynous model David Paris.

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^ from: ??? - an old, yet beautiful picture of David Paris, with a lovely hairstyle.

David Paris is incredibly handsome, but he also has feminine-beautiful pictures and qualities in his pictures. Some of the pictures you see of him will make you appreciate the genderless beauty he possesses. The Australian (who is also half-Swedish) is someone who is artistically beautiful in almost every sense of the word. His beauty often times blurs the line between masculine and feminine beauty. David Paris has a heavenly and divine body. The amount of charm he possesses in his looks are nothing short of amazing. Therefore, I commonly use "genderless beauty" to describe his looks.

In addition to being a beautiful fellow himself, he is also quite fond of vintage babes.

If you want to see David Paris' YouTube work, please visit therealdavidparis on YouTube. Check out David Paris on Myspace as well.


Here are some other male models that blur the lines between masculine and feminine. To avoid getting into any sort of copyright violations, I will mostly just share links. I will describe the models in question. If I can find a way to show pictures of these Model Mayhem models, I will show pictures. But for now, visit these Model Mayhem links to see their Model Mayhem profiles and their many pictures. Here are more androgynous boys to spur your interest...


Paris Volsch.

Young Paris Volsch is an androgynous male model with feminine curves and a unique hairstyle. Paris is male, but his dimensions and figure make him irresistibly feminine. His hairstyle is very much feminine while also having a boyish touch. Paris Volsch has a fairly feminine physique, allowing some of his more feminine images to be really outstanding. I would likely say Paris Volsch is quite passable. Passable is a common term in the transgender realm meaning that you look so much like your opposite gender that hardly anyone notices. See his pictures by visiting his Model Mayhem profile page (a link to it is provided to the heading of this section).


R'ryan Garavani.

R'ryan (pronounced ar-ee-on) is English-Thai from California. Images of this young androgynous model feature him with lovely hair. He is fairly as passable as Paris Volsch. Click on the heading to this area to see R'ryan Garavani and his pictures.


Nagel Lanväettir (Honorable Mention!).

(EDITED: December 6, 2013)

Nagel Lanväettir
^ from: katalepsja.tumblr.com/ (best I could find) - Nagel Lanväettir is a male with feminine-like curves. His beauty is really a best-of-both-worlds package.

Nagel Lanväettir is someone who I just came across recently on Flickr preparing this blog post. Nagel is a young German male with a delightfully and deliciously feminine body. He has flowing long hair that extends down to about the middle of his back. The picture I have provided is a friendly picture of him that I am showing you for this portion. In fact (and this may gross out some of my readers), some of pictures of him are so artistic and beautiful that you almost want to imagine he is a real girl and not an androgynous male. I was not sure what picture to post as an example of his androgynous beauty because the majority of his pictures are artistic nude pictures. You will need to view Nagel's Flickr photostream to see him in all of his androgynous beauty. Or, you may read later in this blog entry to see another picture of him.

(UPDATED: December 6, 2013) I was told from a loyal reader that Nagel Lanväettir has died or is dead. If so, I'd like to offer my thoughts and prayers to Nagel's friends, family, and all whom have known and loved him.


Brian Jameson.

Even with plenty of piercings on his face and ears, Brian Jameson still has a primarily feminine physique and some nice rock/emo like hair.


Adam Lundberg.

There isn't a girl out there would swoon to a handsome male like Adam Lundberg. The young man from Hawaii has both a deliciously feminine upper body along with feminine-like hair. According to his Myspace profile, he's not gay, and pink is his favorite color. Unusual that a straight male loves pink.


Manuel Torres.

Manny Torres has some feminine-like hair whether straight or wavy.


Steven Lai.

Steven Lai is an androgynous male with a (if I may) very cute face. With some of his pictures, it can be a bit tough to tell if he is a boy or a girl. He has a great balance of male and female beauty, especially with his hair and face.


Mikee Sevilla.

A baby face and cute hair makes this young Filipino irresistibly eye-catching. The young man from the Philippines could almost easily pass for a girl with some lipstick and a girly outfit.


Miles Devin.

Miles Devin is a young male with some feminine beauty. He has a Goth/alternative style appearance, but also a very feminine upper body. He has a very feminine-style belly to compliment his androgynous appearance.


Isaac Mascote.

If you prefer a sexy androgynous male with a feminine body, a feminine face, and feminine hair; Issac Mascote will not disappoint you. The young Mexican from California does both modeling and various applications of makeup and beauty. Issac is as sexy of an androgynous male as almost any hot Latina. You need only see his Model Mayhem profile or Isaac's Myspace profile to see his pictures.


Maelstrom.

From his Model Mayhem page:
"I feel that as a male, I need to show that male models are not just the buff, musclehead types, but can be the smaller types as well. In essence, I want to model to show that I can do this and it is not just for the stereotypical bodybuilder types that can succeed in modeling."

-Maelstrom

Having said this, the young model from North Carolina is an androgynous male with a very good sense of style. Any male reluctant to express male beauty without being some hard-bodied hunk chiseled from stone is worthy of respect to me.



That's it for the Model Mayhem androgynous models. Now, meet some more androgynous males here...



Onch Movement.

Onch Movement is a colorful person. Considered initially (by me) to be a girl with a boyish side, Onch is a colorful guy who just wants to spread the world with cuteness and coolness. This fellow found fame in taking part in the first season of "Paris Hilton's My New BFF" reality TV tournament. Onch specializes in making creative fashion accessories. In his words, Onch wants to spread the world with cuteness.

I blogged about Onch Movement before. Read my blog post on Onch Movement to read more about him.


Izzy Hilton.

Izzy Hilton
^ from: blogcu.com - Izzy Hilton bears masculine and feminine beauty with a heavy doasge of emo.

Izzy Hilton's looks are very feminine, though not as beautiful as David Paris. Piercings anywhere besides the ears or on the navel personally freak me out. So therefore, I get freaked out seeing his piercings on his nose and below his lower lip. Izzy Hilton is someone very much part of the androgynous male crowd. He is a gay male who has a serious kick of feminine style and charm.

Izzy Hilton has a YouTube channel. Here is one of his videos:


Want more? Visit Izzy Hilton's official YouTube Channel, sixtycigarettes!

NOTE: I noted in a past post that Izzy Hilton was the lead singer of Tokio Hotel. Well, he isn't. Then again, I'm not a rock music person anyways, so I apologize for screwing this up for you rock fans.


Chris Crocker (YouTube link).

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^ from: ??? - "LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!", says one young Chris Crocker.

Whether you love or loathe him, Chris Crocker is an Internet celebrity who rose to fame with his "Leave Britney Alone!" video in the midst of issues involving Britney Spears. He and his videos can be annoying. However, the (born December 7, 1987)-year old from Tennessee earns my respect (to an extent) because he's not afraid to express himself however he pleases. This is someone almost totally unapologetic and fearless in making the points and comments he does.

Click on the hyperlink to see Chris Crocker's legendary "Leave Britney Alone!" viral video, and if you liked that video, you can see more of his videos by visiting Chris Crocker's YouTube channel.


Gackt.

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^ from: ??? - Gackt often times blurs male and female beauty especially with his more artistic and dramatic photos.

Never been a fan of Gackt, but his looks (especially in some of his more artistic photoshoots) really blur the lines of masculine beauty and feminine beauty.


Gregory Gorgeous.

From his androgynous dress to sporting some cute (and even sexy) high heels, Gregory Gorgeous is one 18-year old (as of the date of this edit (Dec. 2, 2010) fellow not afraid to rock some high heels along with some feminine fashions. He has some very handsome short hair along with a nice sense of fashion. He even has somewhat of a feminine voice. Gregory will wear some skinny pants or leggings along with some fierce pumps or high-heel shoes. The fellow from Toronto, Ontario, Canada is more like a cute girl than a very handsome male to me. Gregory Gorgeous' YouTube channel has over 80,000 subscribers. Here is a quick video showcasing his style (and a special message):



This is one delicious androgynous diva. You might agree if you see this video below:



Visit Gregory GORGEOUS' Facebook Fan Page or even Follow Gregory Gorgeous on Twitter if you have Twitter and love his work!

(ADDED: May 3, 2016) GregoryGORGEOUS has long become Gigi Gorgeous for a few years now since transitioning from male to female.


David Bowie.

David Bowie

I don't know enough about David Bowie or know of any of his songs. All I know is that he is an androgynous icon, and two of my favorite songs of his are "Dead Man Walking" from "The Saint" soundtrack and "I'm Afraid of Americans."

(ADDED: May 3, 2016) David Bowie died in 2015. My thoughts and prayers are with all whom have known and loved him.


Boy George.

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^ from: ??? - '80s androgynous icon, Boy George.

God forbid that I'm sick of '80s fandom, but I have to include Boy George for relevance and for my audience. Besides his music, Boy George's androgynous looks make him iconic and very much a part of the discussion of androgynous celebrities.


Tait Hughes Geijer.

(ADDED: October 7, 2011) This short-haired fellow is someone you might initially think is a short-haired girl. Maybe you take this person to be a boyish-looking girl. This person is all-male. Tait Geijer is a model (born either in 1992 or 1993) from San Clemente, California, USA. He is of Swedish, German, and Welsh descent. Here is a Flickr gallery of some of his older pictures: Flickr gallery of Tait Hughes Gaiter.


Adrien Lebreton. (Skyrock profile)

(ADDED: September 5, 2012) From Reunion Island, Andre Lebreton is a hairdresser who has lovely long hair himself. The posts from the link I've provided are fairly old, but this is the best I could do at highlighting on this androgynous beauty.


Perhaps I've saved the best for last:


Andrej Pejic (profile on another site).

Andrej Pejic
^ from: www.refinery29.com - Andrej Pejic... the guy you thought was a girl.

This specimen of androgynous goodness is Andrej Pejic. The Bosnian model is one of the most beautiful androgynous males anywhere in the world. Nobody walks the tightrope of androgynous males quite like Andrej. He is also quite young, too. Andrej Pejic is only (born August 28, 1991) 19-years old (as of April 5, 2011). His beauty will astound you as much as David Paris. Perhaps even more so th Got Facebook? Become a Fan/Like Andrej Pejic!


Stav Strashko.

(ADDED: September 5, 2012) The Ukranian model Stav Strashko is immensely enticing. How do you turn heads and entice? You do it like this- an advertisement for the Toyota Auris featured a hottie in a red bikini bottom and with a nice backside. You probably care more about the model than the car being advertised. However, be ready for a surprise when you see this:


^ commercial for the 2013 Toyota Auris

That's right... you were looking at a guy's butt! And admit it- you pretended/wished he was a real girl (especially to all the heterosexual males and lesbians who may be reading my blog). Stav Strashko embodies the surreal beauty of androgyny with his deliciously feminine curves and beautiful hair. In fact, some say Stav Strashko could perhaps become the next Andrej Pejic as far as beautifully androgynous males are concerned.


That covers androgynous males. If there are any androgynous males you want to bring to my attention and want to see in this blog post, feel free to contact me! I may feature more androgynous males in future posts with your help.




A Few Famous Androgynes: Androgynous Females


We've seen males with feminine looks; now, let's go over to females with boyish looks!

Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen DeGeneres
^ from: autostraddle.com - the funny daytime talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres.

Metairie, Louisiana-born Ellen DeGeneres is perhaps the most recognizable faces in American media. While I don't regularly watch her daytime talk show, Ellen DeGeneres is very funny and entertaining.


Tanya (Teeh) Manibusan.

Tanya Manibusan
^ from: musictory.com (best I could find) - Tanya Manibusan (or "Teeh") is a girl, but looks nothing like a girl.

Tanya (or nicknamed as "Teeh") is a musical phenom from Guam. She does, however, look very boyish. I even had to look up online if Tanya is really a boy or a girl, and Tanya's 100% girl. Just looks very boyish. I think in a video interview, she said something along the lines of not liking boys. She does make some good music. You could think of her in this way- she is someone who prefers making great music while not making herself look super girly or super sexy. Tanya is more of someone who lets her music do the talking rather than looking overly sexy to grab attention. You can also "like" her on Facebook by visiting Teeh's Facebook Fan Page.



Tilda Swinton.

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^ from: ??? - Tilda Swinton.

Tilda Swindon appears very boyish in many of her pictures. However, she does wear lovely dresses for special occasions. So it isn't like she is very anti-girly or anti-feminine all the time. Her face and hair are boyish in nature regardless.


These are some of the big ones to me. If there are any androgynous females you want to bring to my attention and want to see in this blog post, feel free to contact me! I may feature more androgynous females in future posts with your help.






Androgynous Bloggers


(added: September 14, 2011)
So are you okay checking out androgynous bloggers? If so, here are some blogs for you to check out featuring androgynous males or androgynous females. Click on the hyperlinked text in each heading to visit that person's blog. I do recommend you read the description on each blog before doing so, though.


Androgynous Blog: The Art of Avant Garde.

Eli Alcaraz is an androgynous fellow who has very nice fashion style. His fashion blog features many different fashion styles as well as fashion inspiration. You will be surprised by some of the many androgynous looks he pulls off in his outfit posts. You will be impressed by his sense of style when you visit. From dresses and skirts to a bevy of feminine heels, Eli's style is absolutely left of the mainstream.

Androgynous Blog: Androgyn.beauty's Blog (WordPress blog).

This blog features a Spanish fellow with an eye for feminine style. Among his many posts, he wears a variety of mostly casual fashions. Some of his many posts feature many different outfits that would make any girl's style shine. However, his special touch makes each look come alive in his own unique way. You can see more of this androgynous male's style in his blog or by checking out Androgyn's Chictopia page.


You bet I will edit this post if I find any other blogs to spur your interest.





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Androgyny as Art


Art tends to make you look at things differently. So is the case for androgyny. The reason why I'm fascinated about androgyny from an artistic standpoint is because of the beauty it provides. It's not just about a male with feminine beauty or a female with masculine beauty, but just seeing someone with genderless beauty- neither masculine nor feminine beauty, but genderless beauty.

Often times, we are romanticized with the image of handsome men or beautiful women. We know a handsome man or a beautiful woman when we see them, and as we envision what qualifies as beautiful for a man or a woman. What happens, then, when what you think is a beautiful woman is really a man or if what you think is a handsome male is really a woman? Please note that transgenderism has NOTHING to do with this topic.

Here are some pictures to fantasize the sensual element of androgyny...

feminine male
^ from: pansexualsodomite.com - An interesting case- a male with feminine beauty.

In the case of the picture above, this demonstrates a real best-of-both-worlds approach. This is clearly a man with the physique he possesses. However, his face and hair are very feminine and actually appealing. You can probably also argue this man's arms are a bit feminine.


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^ from: ??? - This is Lissy Trullie, exhibiting an example of boy tough, girl cute.

This picture is an example of being a girl while having some boyish charm. The whole craze of the boyfriend look plays a big role in making this look come alive. You can take a look at this picture and possibly imagine a boy with long bangs. By the way, the girl in this image is Lissy Trullie, and you can hear her music here: Lissy Trullie on Myspace Music.


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^ from: ??? - Nagel Lanväettir is a male with feminine-like curves. His beauty is really a best-of-both-worlds package.

As demonstrated in the above picture, Nagel Lanväettir has tasteful androgynous beauty. His beauty is a harmony of masculine and feminine beauty. I can not show you some of his other pictures because they are a bit too racy for my blog. Nothing hardcore, but mostly just some artistic nude pictures and a few romantic nude pictures. You can see more of his artistic photoshoots by visiting Nagel's Flickr photostream.


Video Game Influences.

Here are just some random comments from random games...

• For many people, there are those who dislike feminine-looking male characters in games. One of the most notorious is the Final Fantasy series. Though I've never played it, Final Fantasy IX had two MALE characters that were both very feminine in appearance- hero Zidane and villain Kuja. Kuja is especially more feminine in appearance than Zidane. In fact, Kuja bears his belly, hips, and parts of his upper legs. All of which offer up an extremely feminine image.


Guilty Gear Bridget
^ from: www.cosplayhouse.com - Perhaps the most famous character in Guilty Gear, Bridget- the boy you thought was a girl.

• Bridget from the Guilty Gear series is more notorious on the androgynous front than the ones I've mentioned in the previous paragraph. Bridget is a boy, but according to the storyline, he was born in a village where twins of the same gender brought about bad luck. Bridget is dressed more like a nun. He wears this blue and white veil and short tunic (I wanted to say mini dress) outfit. His weapon of choice is a yo-yo as well as his teddy bear. He wears black shorts underneath his tunic/dress, so don't feel squeamish at the image of seeing Bridget wear panties underneath his tunic. However, there are a number of perverted folk (mostly hentai artists) who would portray Bridget with panties underneath his tunic. On games.net, Bridget was rated as one of the most androgynous video game characters of all time. Where does Bridget rank? Find out by reading games.net's Top 16 Androgynous Game Characters of All-Time!

• In the game "Magna Carta: Tears of Blood," the main character, Calintz Jerevinan, appears feminine with his physique and his outfit.

• Code Name: Raiden from Metal Gear Solid 2 is seen as an androgynous figure as well. Though I've never personally played though "Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty," I do remember watching my brother play. Maybe one of the most embarrassing moments of the game is having to play as CN: Raiden in the buff.

• Maybe one of the most famous aspects is seeing someone who you think is a man... until that man exposes HER identity. That's the feeling many got when people played Metroid back in the 1980s to discover Samus Aran is a female.

• You wouldn't think someone named King would be a girl. However, King is very much a woman with a masculine image. She is a tough fighter to use if you're a fan of the Art of Fighting or King of Fighters series.


There are likely many more notorious androgynous characters I haven't mentioned. I just named a few here that stick out for me.


Anime Influences.

Now, some random chatter on anime influences on androgyny...

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^ from: ??? - One of the craziest characters from Cowboy Bebop is Edward. SHE is a very silly character on Cowboy Bebop despite her masculine name of Edward. She wears a cropped T-shirt and some bike shorts.

Candidate for Goddess
^ from: www.doushi-sumeragi.net - While "The Candidate for Goddess" (or "Pilot Candidate" in North America) was no "Mobile Suit Gundam," the five men all wore these sleeveless shirts along with shorts. They are a bit feminine for some guys like in this anime.

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^ from: ??? - My all-time favorite anime series is Ranma 1/2. Early on, there were those who questioned if Ukyo Kuonji was a boy.

• The biggest androgynous influence in anime is in bishounen. Bishounen (or "pretty boy" in Japanese) are men who are immensely beautiful, sometimes even as beautiful as any genetic female. Some bishounen are sometimes portrayed in romantic ways. As much as bishoujo ("pretty girl" in Japanese) are portrayed in romantic settings or with romantic images, bishounen are portrayed in almost the same way. Bishounen are mostly as discouraged as almost any other androgynous males by most people. The most extreme cases of bishounen artwork (or other male and media can be seen in yaoi (or "Boys Love"), which is a homoerotic portrayal of two males engaged in a relationship that involves either seductive kissing or any other seductive activity.

I know there are a lot more notorious androgynous characters in Anime, but these are some of the few that immediately come to mind for me.


Final Thoughts on This Section.

Some people just think every male should be masculine and every female should be feminine. However, part of the magic of media such as games and movies is to create certain illusions and fantasies that make them unique. That even includes coming along with androgynous characters. One of the reasons why some people like hating on the Final Fantasy series is because of certain male characters that look too feminine. Cloud. Sephiroth. Squall. Tidus. Zell. You go from there.

What about other titles? Some people just feel like any Japanese game couldn't be complete without some sort of feminine male character. Basically saying it like it's a disgrace. I'm not saying that feminine males in games and cartoons is bad, but just that this is the certain character of certain Japanese media.




Androgyny in Fashion


Let's discuss masculine fashion with feminine cues and feminine fashion with masculine cues.

Androgynous Feminine Influences.

Here is a look at female fashion with a boyish touch. Menswear has been a recent trend in giving a feminine touch to masculine fashions. The

Arishiya Fakih
^ from: rewaj.com - Boy tough, girl sexy! Arshiya Fakih is in this picture wearing a blazer with a vest, a tie, and a shirt.

The lady in this picture is Arshiya Fakih. She's wearing masculine pieces put together with feminine flair.


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I've always liked a pair of wide-leg dress pants paired with a feminine or boyish shirt or blouse. The pinstripe vest adds some extra classy charm to this look.


Ralph Lauren menswear looks
from: fashiontribes.typepad.com - Two Ralph Lauren menswear looks.

(LEFT) While purely feminine with the oxford pumps and the skirt, the looks here have a boyish touch. The look is purely feminine while having a boyish charm. (RIGHT) I personally love this combination. The wide-leg dress slacks are very much masculine along with the suspenders. The shoes compliment the whole look nicely.


A future blog entry on menswear for women may be considered in the future. I had a past blog entry available, but never created such a blog post. This section will be replaced with a link to the future blog entry if the blog entry is ever published.


Androgynous Masculine Influences.

This area focuses on men's fashion with some feminine hints. Most of what I have mentioned on men wearing girly clothes can be found in my blog entry called "Males Wearing Feminine Fashions."

I have honestly had a tough time trying to find certain androgynous feminine influences for men's fashion. To me, fashion is much more versatile for females than it is for males. Plus, there aren't as many fashion items or fashionable men trying to blur the lines of masculine and feminine beauty.

Having said all of this, though, there are still some males who wear feminine clothing to add a touch of androgynous dress and fashion freedom. Men wear skinny jeans and even tights as much as any female. Some males even wear girly skinny jeans since there aren't any jeans that fit most male bodies to where skinny jeans provide the best fit for them. The problem with males attempting some sort of androgynous dress, however, is the fact that most males just appear completely awkward.

Again... credit to you males if you can pull off any androgynous dress successfully, but it's too challenging to pull a semi-decent androgynous look if you are a male. If you want an idea of androgynous males wearing feminine fashions and in some high-heeled footwear, visit the Blogger/Blogspot blog entitled high heels for men.

UPDATE (Nov. 30, 2010) Femboy Magazine has a new blog! Unfortunately, it's not a Blogspot blog. :( You can check out the magazine's new blog by clicking on Femboy Magazine's blog (Wordpress).





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You have something wrong there, Bill Kaulitz is the lead singer of Tokio Hotel not Izzy Hilton

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NAGEL LANVÄETTIR WAS DEAD :(

Sorry, but HE died ... R.I.P

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