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Her and Me: Drag Queen Transformation
Lille, France
By Simon Letellier
10 Sep 2013

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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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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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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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."