- June 16, 2019 at 8:57 am #191007
Annie PottsParticipantRegistered On: June 1, 2019Topics: 3Replies: 49Has thanked: 59 timesBeen thanked: 72 times
- July 6, 2019 at 10:45 am #195566michaela janeParticipantRegistered On: December 9, 2016Topics: 16Replies: 112Has thanked: 98 timesBeen thanked: 107 times
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.
- June 28, 2019 at 9:12 pm #193790Tina ThompsonParticipantRegistered On: May 11, 2019Topics: 3Replies: 41Has thanked: 33 timesBeen thanked: 74 times
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.
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- June 29, 2019 at 12:03 am #193798Donna JamesParticipantRegistered On: March 4, 2019Topics: 0Replies: 386Has thanked: 645 timesBeen thanked: 363 times
Tina the British tabloids and Margaret Thatcher two of my biggest hates. Thatcher didn’t just have antipathy to the LGBT community but also
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.
- June 27, 2019 at 9:11 am #193438MollyParticipantRegistered On: October 22, 2018Topics: 1Replies: 60Has thanked: 128 timesBeen thanked: 80 times
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
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- June 27, 2019 at 8:48 am #193436EmilyParticipantRegistered On: April 30, 2016Topics: 7Replies: 191Has thanked: 675 timesBeen thanked: 214 times
- June 25, 2019 at 8:32 pm #193153rebekka mooreParticipantRegistered On: January 7, 2017Topics: 57Replies: 686Has thanked: 300 timesBeen thanked: 713 times
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.
- June 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm #193131Janine7ParticipantRegistered On: November 18, 2015Topics: 0Replies: 29Has thanked: 6 timesBeen thanked: 23 times
As an older cd I have been inspired by Judy Woodruff on PBS. She wears very attractive feminine outfits.
- June 25, 2019 at 8:14 pm #193144Camryn OccasionnelParticipantRegistered On: December 10, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 240Has thanked: 268 timesBeen thanked: 310 times
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.
- June 25, 2019 at 7:22 am #192982Billie-Jo McAllisterParticipantRegistered On: July 20, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 49Has thanked: 10 timesBeen thanked: 78 times
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.
- June 25, 2019 at 3:49 am #192960Jasmine JeffriesParticipantRegistered On: December 28, 2018Topics: 22Replies: 228Has thanked: 612 timesBeen thanked: 346 times
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
- June 24, 2019 at 5:44 am #192739Gisela ClaudineParticipantRegistered On: January 19, 2018Topics: 15Replies: 231Has thanked: 474 timesBeen thanked: 221 times
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!
- June 23, 2019 at 6:24 am #192457Annie PottsParticipantRegistered On: June 1, 2019Topics: 3Replies: 49Has thanked: 59 timesBeen thanked: 72 times
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
- June 23, 2019 at 8:41 pm #192663ParticipantRegistered On: December 10, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 240Has thanked: 268 timesBeen thanked: 310 times
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.
- June 23, 2019 at 5:35 am #192447Rebecca WolfParticipantRegistered On: June 23, 2019Topics: 0Replies: 1Has thanked: 0 timesBeen thanked: 3 times
- June 22, 2019 at 11:33 am #192315Michelle LiefdeAmbassadorRegistered On: May 27, 2018Topics: 40Replies: 907Has thanked: 1023 timesBeen thanked: 755 times
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.
- June 22, 2019 at 2:11 pm #192345ParticipantRegistered On: December 10, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 240Has thanked: 268 timesBeen thanked: 310 times
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.
- June 21, 2019 at 2:02 pm #192167Lanna BartonParticipantRegistered On: May 25, 2017Topics: 8Replies: 389Has thanked: 883 timesBeen thanked: 305 times
Tula and Ru Paul are my roll models.
- June 22, 2019 at 10:03 am #192290JackieAmbassadorRegistered On: February 18, 2016Topics: 18Replies: 79Has thanked: 136 timesBeen thanked: 130 times
Ru Paul, Pandora, Devine
Jackie,,,, *Wild Child*
- June 20, 2019 at 10:44 pm #192009Tina ThompsonParticipantRegistered On: May 11, 2019Topics: 3Replies: 41Has thanked: 33 timesBeen thanked: 74 times
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.
- June 20, 2019 at 10:41 pm #192008Tina ThompsonParticipantRegistered On: May 11, 2019Topics: 3Replies: 41Has thanked: 33 timesBeen thanked: 74 times
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.
- June 25, 2019 at 4:32 pm #193098Terrisa WashbourneParticipantRegistered On: October 29, 2017Topics: 8Replies: 154Has thanked: 258 timesBeen thanked: 112 times
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-
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- June 19, 2019 at 9:35 pm #191657Larissa LynneParticipantRegistered On: July 20, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 8Has thanked: 0 timesBeen thanked: 12 times
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!
- June 17, 2019 at 9:07 pm #191325Samantha MurphyParticipantRegistered On: February 20, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 12Has thanked: 7 timesBeen thanked: 20 times
- June 17, 2019 at 11:14 am #191206T.J. ByronParticipantRegistered On: October 18, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 68Has thanked: 1 timeBeen thanked: 77 times
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.
- June 17, 2019 at 10:37 am #191204John StaabParticipantRegistered On: June 17, 2019Topics: 0Replies: 5Has thanked: 1 timeBeen thanked: 7 times
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!
- June 17, 2019 at 10:29 am #191202Falecia McGuireParticipantRegistered On: January 11, 2019Topics: 1Replies: 18Has thanked: 4 timesBeen thanked: 59 times
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.
- June 17, 2019 at 9:48 am #191196MarianneAmbassadorRegistered On: May 20, 2017Topics: 9Replies: 377Has thanked: 166 timesBeen thanked: 356 times
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.
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- June 17, 2019 at 7:15 am #191192Michelle WilmingtonParticipantRegistered On: April 17, 2017Topics: 6Replies: 60Has thanked: 114 timesBeen thanked: 129 times
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.
- June 17, 2019 at 6:58 am #191191Heather JamesonParticipantRegistered On: April 1, 2019Topics: 2Replies: 46Has thanked: 49 timesBeen thanked: 88 times
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- June 17, 2019 at 2:38 am #191165AnonymousRegistered On:Topics: 1Replies: 80Has thanked: 743 timesBeen thanked: 86 times
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.
- June 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm #191148Elise MichelleParticipantRegistered On: January 3, 2018Topics: 16Replies: 218Has thanked: 177 timesBeen thanked: 432 times
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.
- June 16, 2019 at 5:38 pm #191104Roberta ThomasParticipantRegistered On: September 15, 2018Topics: 46Replies: 341Has thanked: 549 timesBeen thanked: 464 times
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- June 16, 2019 at 1:27 pm #191058Jennifer SwansonParticipantRegistered On: April 20, 2019Topics: 22Replies: 98Has thanked: 1612 timesBeen thanked: 259 times
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.
- June 16, 2019 at 10:22 am #191046Dawn WyvernParticipantRegistered On: February 23, 2019Topics: 2Replies: 44Has thanked: 12 timesBeen thanked: 61 times
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.
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- June 16, 2019 at 9:02 am #191010Annie PottsParticipantRegistered On: June 1, 2019Topics: 3Replies: 49Has thanked: 59 timesBeen thanked: 72 times
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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- June 19, 2019 at 9:31 pm #191656Larissa LynneParticipantRegistered On: July 20, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 8Has thanked: 0 timesBeen thanked: 12 times
Heidiphox is great! I love her videos
- June 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm #191144ParticipantRegistered On: December 10, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 240Has thanked: 268 timesBeen thanked: 310 times
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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