Practical Androgyny has been contacted by Charlotte, a photographer working with a student from the London College of Fashion on a not-for-profit project that aims to challenge people’s perceptions of gender. If you’re in the London area or able to travel there, and you’re of androgynous appearance, please consider volunteering to model for the photoshoot. No experience required.
Our project explores the way that we perceive positions of political power. We will be be portraying a fictional presidential figure in a way that challenges people’s assumptions about gender.
We’re looking to explore the way that traditional images of powerful political figures could be subverted to show a future where ‘the president’ appears to be androgynous - or in some way not fitting in with most people’s expectations of binary gender. We’re looking for someone who could wear the traditional uniform of presidential power (i.e. a smart, dark suit) and present as an extremely attractive individual, without giving the usual cues as to their gender. We’ll be working with a stylist and a makeup artist to achieve the right look, with our model looking as natural as possible.
We’re heavily influenced by models like Andrej Pejic and we’d like to envisage a time where people who subvert the gender norm are in public positions outside the fashion world.
We’re going to shoot on Friday 24th or Saturday 25th of this month in South London and unfortunately, we can’t offer payment or travel expenses. Everyone involved is working on a time-for-images basis, so you’ll get copies of all the final images to use as you see fit.
We very much want to make the best use of the photographs and we are hoping to have them accompany a piece on gender identity for publication and we’d like to offer the whole thing to a magazine as a package on a not-for-profit basis. You need to be comfortable with this and you’ll be asked to sign a standard model release.
If you’re interested in the project and you think the way you look might fit with our creative vision, please send some recent photos to charlotte<at>lyope<dot>com
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