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    Annie Potts
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    Who are the role models that made you the girl you are today? Please tell us. Also, share these role models in the group I created

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      Brittney Andrews
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      I never had a CD role model per say. I’ve never aspired to be like someone else, I’ve only wanted to develop my inner feminine self. However, there has been quite a few CD influences throughout my life. Although I was really young, I remember actor Milton Berle doing his drag skits on evening comedy shows. Later but never watched television show with actor Tom Hanks as a CDer or the movie Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman. In 1982 a movie titled Victor, Victoria was made. It starred actress Julie Andrews as a female nightclub singer pretending to be a male singer who crossdressed as a woman. I saw it on VHS or laser disk and would love to see it again. This was about the time I began playing dress-up with my grand aunt’s clothes. I was influenced the first time I watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show on VHS in college. Since I began seriously exploring my feminine side in 2016, I’ve been influenced by the same affects that we all have been: the LGBTQ+ movement, the internet, drag performers i.e. RuPaul (just for starters). Now that I realize I’m gender fluid; I’m very happy and enjoying my life.

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      michaela jane
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      I voted yes to this but really couldn’t say that I actually have, or had a role model as such, but one person that does give me inspiration is Trisha Leigh St. John.

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/29824863@N06/

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      Tina Thompson
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      I hope that posting this picture doesn’t violate any rules, but this is my role model, Carolyn Cossey, in 1980.  It’s a definitely real ad, as was her tequila ads, her Playboy pictorials and her tiny part in a James Bond film was real too.  She was also known as Tula, and she was the first true transgender supermodel.

      She was outed by the British tabloids, and her career was ruined by the LGBTQ antipathy in Margaret Thatcher’s England.  Cossey persevered, got married, then settled down and disappeared into the woodwork.

      I do know that she for a time lived in the Atlanta area here in the US, but I was unsuccessful in trying to meet her.  And girls, I tried.

      Recently, though, Carolyn Cossey has re-emerged in public, and has an Instragam feed and a Twitter account too.  She’s a wonderful follow and I definitely recommend learning her story.  Honestly, she’s up there with Reneé Richards and the other early trans pioneers who paved the way for those who would come later.

      Look her up, and if you’re so inclined, read her book.  It’s a really good story.

      Carolyn Cossey, Smirnoff Ad, 1980

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        Donna James
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        Tina the British tabloids and Margaret Thatcher two of my biggest hates. Thatcher didn’t just have antipathy to the LGBT community but also

        miners

        steeleworkers

        Car workers

        printers

        football fans

        poorer people, disabled etc

        Northerners particularly Scousers

        I could go on, not forgetting milk drinking schoolkids.

        Impressed by your UK knowledge though. Most of us couldnt distinguish between Bernie Sanders and Bernie Winters (British comedian, not funny). We only know Donald because of TV expososure and his ravings. Anyway US politics non of my business. Have a great day and keep posting your wonderful pictures, you do look great.

        Donna. xoxo

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      Molly
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      As @ashleigh (thanks) has already stated, the Ladies here are my CD role models.

      I’ve been thinking about why this happened, and I think it comes down to my exceptionally strong resolve to not think about “What does this mean?” about my desire to dress for the very longest time.. Yes I saw Gender Bending individuals (David Bowie for one) and felt envy, but was so good at not allowing myself to think of me having a CD label, that I never really thought of them as role models.

      Having admitted it to myself before joining this site, (kind of a pre-requisite), has made it so much easier to admit to admiring individuals because of their dignity and aplomb in CD.  Thank-you Ladies, so many of you have made a huge impression and should count yourselves as role models.    (I’m afraid of mentioning names for fear of leaving someone out).

      Hugs and Kisses

      -Molly

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      Emily
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      Oh my! It seems that my yes vote tied the score. My CD role models are the women I have met and come to know here. Your bravery, advice, and encouragement have helped me more than y’all will ever know!

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      rebekka moore
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      Actually “had” role models.

      None not too obvious, and from my teenage and late teenage years and into adult hood.

      My number one “cross dressing” role model was David Bowie.  He did not cross dress in the sense we may think of, but he wore provocative clothing, and did so all so well.  All through his life.  He was big in shaping me, in me wanting to be like he was.  Just all around cool, sexy and oh so talented.

      The next in line (from the 70’s) was Elton John.  Again, not a traditional “cross dresser”, but flamboyant to a degree, and always dressed so cool and uniquely.  I had a great pair of platform shoes I’d wear that all the girls absolutely loved, and I loved the fact that they would say, “your shoes remind me of Elton John”.  I loved getting that comment.  On his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album cover was a picture too of his drummer, Nigel Olsson.  He was sitting with his drums, wearing a halter top.  I always thought that was the coolest, and really wanted to go out in one.  I would stare at that picture forever.

      Honorable mention goes out to Liberace.  Again, not a traditional cross dresser, but I enjoyed his flamboyant nature, and his all around talent as an entertainer.  I used to love to watch his specials on TV.

      Those were my role models.

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      Janine7
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      As an older cd I have been inspired by Judy Woodruff on PBS. She wears very attractive feminine outfits.

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        Camryn Occasionnel
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        Heavens, yes, I’m crazy about Judy Woodruff, too! She’s only a month older than I am. And let’s not forget Andrea Mitchell, since we’re talking about TV news personalities.

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      Nikki Dahl
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      When I was a young teenager I lived next door to a very beautiful women that dressed to the nines. Hosiery and heels every day. Most of the time on short skirts too. She started my wonderful journey into being a cd. I even “ borrowed” some of her lingerie.

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      Jazz Fem
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      I don’t have any CD role models but I always wanted to be like my mother the way she dressed and the way she walked and acted I have to admit when I was younger I could walk and talk and I had all of her mannerisms down pact she made me the woman I am today

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      Gisela Claudine
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      As I grew up, I admired brazilian model Roberta Close and argentinian vedette Cris Miró and found them fascinating and inspirational. We are from the same generation.

      In general, I admire all those who dare to experience freedom, since I tend to be very reserved. CDH is helping me a lot. Love you all so much!

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      Annie Potts
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      Another on Facebook that I have come to enjoy is Monica Prata She is an image consultant for cds in NYC. Her video clips are near

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        Camryn Occasionnel
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        Annie, I’m not on Facebook and I’d never heard of Monica Prata, but I found some YouTube videos of her work. Impressive, I’ll say – she can really “make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” Make me wonder what she could do with this old hag! Sadly, NYC is just so far away, I may never know.

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      Rebecca Wolf
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      Heidi Phox is gorgeous.  She wears a dress in a way to die for.  I love her taste in clothing and lingerie

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      Michelle Liefde
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      In recent years, I would say Vera Wylde is someone that I have found inspirational more so than a role model. I just happened on her crossdressing tips on youtube thanks to me watching her other youtube channel about all things scifi and fantasy.  I find her delightful and positive.

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        Camryn Occasionnel
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        I agree, Michelle, Vera Wylde can be inspiring and informative. She gave a short talk on “passability” on her YouTube channel a few months ago, which gave me some encouragement, being in the “never will pass” camp, myself.

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      Lanna Barton
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      Tula and Ru Paul are my roll models.

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        Jackie
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        Ru Paul, Pandora, Devine

        Jackie,,,, *Wild Child*

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          Jackie
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          Oh I stupidly forgot my number 1 favorite and friend Jackie Beat, she rocks them all!

          Jackie,,,, *Wild Child*

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      Tina Thompson
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      My trans role model?

      I’ve had so many, but the most influential one for me was Carolyn Cossey (aka Tula) — she was a Bond Girl in one of the films, and she was an utter knockout in her time.  She also carried herself with dignity and grace when the English tabloids outed her.  She was a pioneer and a badass.

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      Tina Thompson
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      He wasn’t a role model and I’m not sure you’d even call him a crossdresser but David Bowie kind of influenced me. I even did the Alladin Sane lightning suit one halloween.

      David Bowie definitely influenced me. The way he completely changed his persona from time to time, and of course “Rebel Rebel” — which may be the best trans song ever recorded.

       

       

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        Terrisa Washbourne
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        Hey you up there lol David Bowie was RIP a huge gender bender.

        See when we were younger (back when Andy Warhol had the only phone in the world to call god) the genders were much firmer back then and the only way to change genders was to bend.  Nowadays you give someone the Pat Benatar and these  genders are so soft they melt like Ice cubes hence the fluid part.

         

        She made me girly-

        Marla Rosenfield

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      Larissa
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      Mine is kourtney kardashian.  I love how she dresses.  A lot of my style is patterned afrer her.  A lot of my outfits are similar to things she wears.  Almost all of my shoes are something i’ve seen kourtney wear especially knee high gladiator sandals.  She seemed to be the celebrity most seen wearing those types of shoes.  I just love her!

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      Samantha Murphy
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      I said no since I can’t think of any specific CD role models I have. I’m more concerned with experimenting with different looks but could see how finding role models would help.

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      T.J. Byron
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      Mostly, “Curvey ladies ” with some “MEAT ” on the bone. People like,  Monroe,  Russell,  West,  Vergara.

      Not everyone thinks of these ladies as Role Models,  I certainly admire their sexiness & confidence.

      I do my best to emulate their looks when I dress. Hope I am successful.

      Dr.T.J.

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      John Staab
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      Since I started cross dressing as a child(6 years old and I’m 53 now)  most of my idols are from the 70’s.  Recently though my favorite has been JoAnna Jet.  Still pretty and since I’m roughly the same age so wish I could pass as well as she can!

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      Falecia McGuire
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      Do any of you remember the Michael Keaton movie “Multiplicity?”  One component of the plot was that when a clone was made from a clone, the integrity of the endeavor dropped off dramatically.  So . . . I think we need to continue to model the “real women” in our lives.  I haven’t yet read all the previous responses.  My guess is many agree.  I have a Pinterest board filled with shots of mostly-young women who I admire and emulate in their appearance and style.  Although I most frequently dress androgynously, I really want to project the image of a fit young woman.

      More later,

      FAM

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      Marianne
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      I do not have any CD role models, perhaps because I see myself as a woman rather than a crossdresser. I have been dressing in women’s clothes since age 11 or 12 in the late 1970s, starting with my mother’s skirts and dresses. The whole world of CD/TV/TS/TG and more or less the whole LGBTQ-community was merely unknown to me until my 30s in the middle to late 1990s. That doesn’t mean i lacked models though. I always admired the female movie stars of the 1940-1960 period. Classy elegant women like Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Vivien Leigh and many more gave me the inspiration to be like them, a Woman with capital W. I also took influence from the many books I read in my youth. Nancy Drew (yes I had them all until the late 80s) Enid Blytons Mystery and Adventures series and later a number of progressive Swedish authors, in one of which I found my name.

       

      Marianne

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      Alysson Manson
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      MARLIYN MANSON AND TWIGGY ,I ALSO LOVE ZIM ZUMS LOOK ,I CALL MY STYLE THE TWIGGY LOOK ,I FOUND OUT IT WAS OK TO BE ME

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      Michelle Wilmington
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      I don’t know how many of you cruise You Tube for videos on crossdressing,but if you do you have likely come a crossed one of my role models for dressing, Hedi Phox. She has dozens of how to vids and well as vids and pics of her many adventures out dressing on the town, vacations etc. If you don’t know who she is already, you should check out her site or You Tube for her videos.

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        Tina Thompson
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        Heidi Phox effing rocks!  Good choice!

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      Heather Jameson
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      He wasn’t a role model and I’m not sure you’d even call him a crossdresser but David Bowie kind of influenced me. I even did the Alladin Sane lightning suit one halloween.

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      Patty Phose
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      Daisy Duke. The ultimate, leggy pantyhose girl

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      Oh Annie, my mom and aunt were the ones that mmost influenced me. I first dressed in 1965 and the first time i did i remember acting like my mom and aunt with feminine mannerisms. My hair was already shoulder length, so i put it in a pony so i coudl see my earring better. I even smoked cigarettes lie a woman does, thinking how nice it would be to do so with mom and auntie. Oh what a feminine feeling to have lipstick on your cigarette.

      I got caught my first two times and when julie and mom sat dow the second time i told her i wanted to be pretty and a girl. I did get to sit and listen to mom and auntie chat after that. She told me i was gay and it was ok.

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      Elise Michelle
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      I do not have a CD role model, although I agree with the others who stated that Heidi Phox is quite beautiful. We have very different skin tones, however, so I could never make the blond look work for me.

      I would have to say that my strongest influence as far as presenting as a female would probably have to be my mother. She was always a beautiful and classy woman. Other genetic women who had a strong influence on me were Natalie Wood and Jaclyn Smith. I have a very strong recollection of seeing Natalie Wood as Maria in West Side Story when I was a child and wanting to be her.

      Hugs,

      Elise

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      Roberta Thomas
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      Kate Middleton.I love her style.I can’t afford to copy it but I love her outfits,shoes and handbags and the nude tights/pantyhose.

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      Jennifer Swanson
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      Patrick Swayze in To Wong Fu.  He must wear a dozen different outfits and they all are beautifully tailored.  He was also great from the neck up, hair and face.

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      Dawn Wyvern
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      I started on my TG voyage when I was still very young in the 1960’s. at that time the only people I know of who presented fem were female impersonators like Danny La-Rue, the famous case about April Ashley had just launched and that was the first time I heard the term ‘sex-change’. (….in those days there was only ‘Drag’ ‘TV’ &‘TS’ and no other terms used – ‘Transgender,’ or TG,  came in the late 80’s )

      However there where no others who were visible in my little town next to Stonehenge in the centre of Wiltshire, so I forged my own path and made my own rules, only meeting another like me for the first time in the mid 1970’.

      Since then I have been supportive of all new girls and work to guide them on their way, Ive been involved in TG police training and policy making, and have contributed to books on the subject, but have not found anyone who is a role model.

      I have found a lot of wonderful individuals who have inspired me and others that have made me jealous, but none that I have wished to emulate.

      hugs

      Dawn x

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      Amber Martinez
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      Id love to have a GOURGOUS role model. Someone who can guide me thru my process of BEING the woman i desperately want to be

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      Annie Potts
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      Other than many of the girls here on CDH that have all been so kind and helpful, I have been motivated to express my feminity by a kindred spirit on you tube, Heidi Phox. If you have never seen her videos, check them out. Wonderfully feminine. I have also been motivated by many tv actresses. In my youth it was Elizabeth Montgomery, Marlo Thomas, Mary Tyler Moore and many others. Always wanted to be Vanna White. What a great job. A new outfit every day. My current infatuation is Lilly James (Cinderella and Momma Mia). How nice it would be to be that cute and perky. Well, a girl can dream, can’t she. Hugs Annie

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        Larissa
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        Heidiphox is great!  I love her videos

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        Camryn Occasionnel
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        Hi, Annie, just wanted to say that I wholeheartedly share your admiration for Heidi Phox. I hold her in high esteem among crossdressers with YouTube channels. Not to mention, she has a very supporting SO.

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