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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 â€śtransformationâ€ť process of men who dress up as women. The result is this collection of â€śbefore and afterâ€ť 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 oneâ€™s self.
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."
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."
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."
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."
Kevin is 24 years old and lives in Mons, Belgium. "Alycia is a part of me. And I like it."
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."
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."
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."
ME & ME is a series of portraits of drag shows. Started in July 2013, this project still in progress, has led me to Mons, Liège, Lille and Paris. The goal was to meet transformists to understand their process of "transformation." They are amateurs, professionals, young or old, whether for work or just a passion, these men helped me understand photographically and in interviews the pleasure they have becoming a woman for an evening, a show or a simple shot. The interviews helped to expose the often painful stories with happy issues, but also sarcasm, ridicule, insults and disturbed others look. They also highlighted the insurance, assumption and the desire to be what they are. This temporary transformation goes beyond simple disguise. This goes much further. They do not take on a role, they just become another person they want to live for a while.
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."
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."