Her and Me: Drag Queen Transformation

Collection with 10 media items created by Simon Letellier

France 10 Sep 2013 15:08

Drag Queen Transformation is both an art and a form of self-expression that is little appreciated and understood by outsiders. Beginning in July 2013, French photographer Simon Letellier began travelling around France and documenting the “transformation” process of men who dress up as women. The result is this collection of “before and after” photos illustrating the stunning physical transformation these men achieve, be it for an evening, a drag show, or a simple photo.

For each of these men, transforming into a female character is about more than just changing physical appearance, it is a form of self-expression. It is also a positive outlet for men whose personal stories are often laced with painful memories of social repression and a longing to simply be one’s self.

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Nicolas & Lady Emeraude
Lille, France
By Simon Letellier
15 Jul 2013

Nicolas is 29 years old and lives in Lille, France. "Like any artist I look for the people's look when I'm on stage. I want them to feel surprised how beautiful is the woman they look at."

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Kévin & Alycia
Mons, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
13 Jul 2013

Kevin is 24 years old and lives in Mons, Belgium. "Alycia is a part of me. And I like it."

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Mathieu & Ladynette
Mons, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
13 Jul 2013

Mathieu is 23 years old and lives in Mons, Belgium. "Sometimes I need to wear woman clothes and to transform myself. I do it sometimes at night, even when i'm alone at home. It's a part of me."

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Sébastien & Nicky La Bonbonnière
Lille, France
By Simon Letellier
15 Jul 2013

Sebastien is 27 years old and lives in Lille, France. "At the beginning I was afraid about being trapped by my character and not being to escape from her. Hopefully it didn't happen."

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Thomas & Stef Bischeri
Mons, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
13 Jul 2013

Thomas is 22 years old and lives in Hornu, Belgium. "I'm born as a man but I feel like a woman. I'm a woman with a penis. I wear everyday woman clothes and I never feel better than when I'm performing."

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Damien & Khalys
Lille, France
By Simon Letellier
21 Jul 2013

Damien is 31 years old and lives in Lille, France. "The first time I dressed like a woman and i did a show was just amazing! It was like having a way-out from worries and horrible things I saw at this time."

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Gökhan & Talya LaPerl
Mons, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
12 Jul 2013

Gökhan is 27 years old and lives in Mons, Belgium. "I'm not a professional transformist. I only does few shows, only when I want and when i feel ready."

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Christophe & Gia
Paris, France
By Simon Letellier
08 Jul 2013

Christophe is 41 years old and lives in Paris, France. "I'm a man, I'm gay, I'm not a woman. There is Christophe and there is Gia. They are two different persons. I got two different lives, two different worlds."

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Henry & Varvara
Liege, Belgium
By Simon Letellier
12 Jul 2013

Henri is 40 years old and lives in Liège, Belgium. "I started to "transform" myself in woman about 20 years ago. Varvara and I are very different. She is more crazy than Henri. Henri is wiser than her. But both are indivisible."

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Christophe & Missfein
Paris, France
By Simon Letellier
08 Jul 2013

Christophe lives in Paris. "At the beginning, transforming myself in woman, was like wearing a mask. I felt more confortable with people, more confident. Which was a game became a passion and then a job."