Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Since my last post was about Barbie, it seems natural to do a post about New York City's own LIVING Barbie doll, Amanda Lepore. She's become a fixture in the city's nightlife, but for a newcomer, there's nothing like spotting her for the first time in person! Whoa...I was knocked back..about five feet, seeing her in the Tokyo-chic setting of Hiro. She was sitting with a very exclusive looking group in the lounge area, looking very other-worldly in her tiny little French-dominatrix-artist ensemble.
Just google her name, and you'll see what I mean. I read a quote from someone who considers her "the Rosa Parks of our generation" for transexuals. While I think that statement is a bit over-the-top and (insane!), you have to marvel at the attention she commands in a crowd. Even photographs of her elicit extreme reactions. She's walking sculpture. A living cartoon. A blow-up doll of glossy, plastic, bombshell style.
Photographer David Lachapelle considers her his muse...
...although, middle-America probably finds her revolting.
I think she looks great, and I just had to do a cartoon of her.