Marie Claire (South Africa) - - LIFE STORY -

‘I’m very of­ten re­ferred to as “Sir” in el­e­va­tors. I think peo­ple just can’t imag­ine I’d be a woman if I look like this.’ She’s not the only celebrity who is gen­dere­lu­sive

The at­trac­tion: With her Ama­zo­nian stature, Ja­maican Grace Jones – singer and ac­tress – was Andy Warhol’s muse. Peo­ple were fas­ci­nated by her looks. Hel­mut New­ton took nude pho­to­graphs of her and Keith Har­ing painted her en­tire body for a 1985 con­cert.

She says: ‘I do change roles in life, I live that way. I go fem­i­nine, I go mas­cu­line. I am both, ac­tu­ally. I think the male side is a bit stronger in me and I have to tone it down some­times. I’m not like a nor­mal woman, that’s for sure.’

The at­trac­tion: ‘For the past decade, fashion has con­cen­trated on the alpha male and alpha fe­male stereo­type,’ Vogue’s Har­riet Quick told

The Tele­graph. ‘An­drej is re­flect­ing our times – he’s what’s out there; he’s re­flect­ing cul­ture.’

He says: ‘I guess pro­fes­sion­ally I’ve left my gen­der open to artis­tic in­ter­pre­ta­tion. I know peo­ple want me to sort of de­fend my­self, to sit here and be like,“I’m a boy, but I wear make-up some­times.” But, you know, to me, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter.’

The at­trac­tion: She found fame in 2010 with the hit song ‘Bul­let­proof’ as half of the syn­tho-pop Bri­tish band La Roux. Her ap­peal lay in her tomboy­ish style and her trade­mark red hair. De­sign­ers Vik­tor & Rolf asked her to open their Paris show – she wore a tux and a pair of the duo’s trade­mark black glasses.

She says: ‘I re­mem­ber peo­ple say­ing,“One day you’ll wear high heels.”Well no, I f***ing won’t,’ she told Pa­per. ‘It’s such a cliché, but it’s just who I am. It’s never go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent way.’

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