Why Femme Male Models Matter: Shattering Stereotypes in Fashion

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By Jack Stephens

In an enlightening editorial on the roles and stereotypes in the fashion industry, “Why Femme Male Models Matter” explores the growing trend of gender fluidity in fashion. Siena Fay delves into this topic with personal experiences and industry examples. You can find the complete article and corresponding photo collection here.

Siena Fay and her brother Blue Fay models for the editorial, which Jessica Yeung beautifully photographs. Their explorations into fashion and its impact on their own lives present an illuminating view on how gender roles and stereotypes are being challenged.

Siena’s brother, Blue, himself a model, defies traditional gender norms with grace and style. Not alone in this endeavor, the fashion industry has begun to blur the lines between femininity and masculinity. Designers such as Marc Jacobs, Stefano Pilati, Gucci, Vetements, and Palomo Spain have challenged these conventions, showcasing their collections on mixed-sex models.

The fashion world is progressively diluting the stark boundaries of traditional masculinity. This allows individuals to express their identities more authentically. For instance, Louis Vuitton cast Jaden Smith in its Spring-Summer 2016 womenswear ad campaign, described by Vogue as cyberpunk bohemian chic.

“I consider myself gender-fluid, and (modeling) is interestingly enough one of the few spaces where I really get to explore that part of my identity in a celebrated way,” said Blue Fay. Despite the progress, gender-fluid individuals still encounter resistance, making their bravery in expressing their identity all the more commendable.

While fashion provides an avenue to challenge gender stereotypes, the struggle for acceptance outside the industry remains real. “Sometimes I worry when my brother goes to the bank or Target with his pointed blue acrylic nails and red lipstick. But mostly, I am proud,” shares Siena.

In a time when political dynamics and societal norms seem more regressive, fashion is striking back with a strong message of inclusion. Icons like Jaden Smith and Pharrell Williams have championed the cause, normalizing what wasn’t expected before their time. The movement isn’t just about the inclusion of femme male models or gender-fluid individuals. It is about pushing for a broader representation beyond the traditional molds.

The fashion industry is striving towards this goal, but there is still a long way to go. As Siena Fay beautifully puts it, “Fashion still has a long way to go before all genders and identities are represented, but the space being carved out is promising. Perhaps we will witness fashion change the social construct of masculinity. Perhaps we already are, one skirt at a time.”

To understand the full depth of this conversation, explore the original article. It’s not just about fashion. It’s about identity, acceptance, and the courage to challenge societal norms.

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