- June 16, 2019 at 8:57 am #191007Annie PottsParticipantRegistered On: June 1, 2019Topics: 4Replies: 83Has thanked: 80 timesBeen thanked: 206 times
- October 23, 2019 at 12:05 pm #239005Brittney AndrewsParticipantRegistered On: August 1, 2019Topics: 2Replies: 451Has thanked: 18030 timesBeen thanked: 479 times
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.
- July 6, 2019 at 10:45 am #195566michaela janeParticipantRegistered On: December 9, 2016Topics: 18Replies: 143Has thanked: 139 timesBeen thanked: 196 times
- June 28, 2019 at 9:12 pm #193790Tina ThompsonParticipantRegistered On: May 11, 2019Topics: 3Replies: 44Has thanked: 34 timesBeen thanked: 109 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: 540Has thanked: 745 timesBeen thanked: 657 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: 139Has thanked: 491 timesBeen thanked: 295 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: 8Replies: 269Has thanked: 876 timesBeen thanked: 473 times
- June 25, 2019 at 8:32 pm #193153rebekka mooreParticipantRegistered On: January 7, 2017Topics: 67Replies: 726Has thanked: 322 timesBeen thanked: 1052 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: 30Has thanked: 11 timesBeen thanked: 42 times
- June 25, 2019 at 8:14 pm #193144Camryn OccasionnelParticipantRegistered On: December 10, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 344Has thanked: 476 timesBeen thanked: 684 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 #192982Nikki DahlParticipantRegistered On: July 20, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 81Has thanked: 20 timesBeen thanked: 143 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 #192960Jazz FemParticipantRegistered On: December 28, 2018Topics: 32Replies: 388Has thanked: 1130 timesBeen thanked: 947 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: 16Replies: 246Has thanked: 508 timesBeen thanked: 267 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: 4Replies: 83Has thanked: 80 timesBeen thanked: 206 times
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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.
- June 23, 2019 at 5:35 am #192447Rebecca WolfParticipantRegistered On: June 23, 2019Topics: 0Replies: 1Has thanked: 0 timesBeen thanked: 4 times
- June 22, 2019 at 11:33 am #192315Michelle LiefdeAmbassadorRegistered On: May 27, 2018Topics: 49Replies: 1113Has thanked: 1433 timesBeen thanked: 1274 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 21, 2019 at 2:02 pm #192167Lanna BartonParticipantRegistered On: May 25, 2017Topics: 8Replies: 427Has thanked: 1064 timesBeen thanked: 398 times
- June 20, 2019 at 10:44 pm #192009Tina ThompsonParticipantRegistered On: May 11, 2019Topics: 3Replies: 44Has thanked: 34 timesBeen thanked: 109 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: 44Has thanked: 34 timesBeen thanked: 109 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: 155Has thanked: 268 timesBeen thanked: 155 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-
- June 19, 2019 at 9:35 pm #191657LarissaParticipantRegistered On: July 20, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 9Has thanked: 0 timesBeen thanked: 18 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: 38 times
- June 17, 2019 at 11:14 am #191206T.J. ByronParticipantRegistered On: October 18, 2018Topics: 0Replies: 114Has thanked: 29 timesBeen thanked: 268 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: 17 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: 5Replies: 57Has thanked: 25 timesBeen thanked: 271 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: 10Replies: 432Has thanked: 238 timesBeen thanked: 574 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: 7Replies: 85Has thanked: 209 timesBeen thanked: 331 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.
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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.
- June 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm #191148Elise MichelleParticipantRegistered On: January 3, 2018Topics: 16Replies: 219Has thanked: 178 timesBeen thanked: 523 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: 63Replies: 549Has thanked: 1284 timesBeen thanked: 1056 times
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- June 16, 2019 at 10:22 am #191046Dawn WyvernParticipantRegistered On: February 23, 2019Topics: 2Replies: 77Has thanked: 18 timesBeen thanked: 129 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: 4Replies: 83Has thanked: 80 timesBeen thanked: 206 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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