In her new memoir Doll Parts , transgender model Amanda Lepore details her path from growing up as a scrawny boy in New Jersey to achieving fame as a New York City go-go dancer and an oft-nude guest at fashion parties. The book features portraits and fashion spreads by photographers like Rob Lebow and David LaChapelle. With co-author Thomas Flannery, Lepore begins by recalling her early years of being bullied in school while her mother grappled with paranoid schizophrenia.
And as a trans woman, this willingness to speak about her much-manipulated body cannot be understood as anything less than radical, particularly now. But then, our Tweeter in Chief decided to tweet out policy and strip the rights of trans people to serve in the military, jeopardizing the jobs of 15, plus trans people who currently serve. While more Jessica Rabbit than G. While the other club kids were dressed like clowns in a K-hole, Lepore looked like something out of an old Hollywood film, devastatingly beautiful and deeply transgressive. It always seemed as if Lepore was made out of plastic—more Barbie than Mattel could dream. With all that money spent on her body, of course, the book contains a staggering selection of images.
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Amanda Lepore wears many hats: model, singer, club kid, performer. We're excited to share an excerpt from Doll Parts where Lepore details how she began with the iconic pop photographer David LaChappelle and forged a brilliant and long-lasting artistic partnership. Read below, and peep a gallery of some of the amazing shots that came from their creative synergy. I hadn't seen him in weeks; he had been touring the world with a music single, modeling for Japanese beers, and working with Susanne Bartsch. David was the top photographer in the world. He'd just won Photographer of the Year at the VH1 Fashion Awards a few days before, and everyone was talking about him.
By Sadie Whitelocks. One of the most famous transsexual fixtures on the New York party scene has opened about the plastic surgery that's behind her larger-than-life look. Amanda Lepore, 46, reveals in a first person piece for Into The Gloss that after having a sex change at the age of 19 she went about getting three breast augmentations, buttock implants and even had her bottom ribs broken she she could achieve a smaller waist. They break the floating rib in the back and push it in, so there's no scar. My story: Amanda Lepore, one of the most famous transsexual fixtures on the New York party scene, has opened up about the emotional and physical obstacles she battled growing up.