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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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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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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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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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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."