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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.
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."