Identity Apart from Sexual Orientation

Styling: Paulina's Friends.
Make-up: Benedikta Ársaelsdóttir

Androgynous, unisex, transgender – all of this is totally hyped. Trans-aesthetics are very popular and have already penetrated many societies. Transgender celebrities, models, performance artists are now available. Is it just another trend? Is identity depending on gender or sexual orientation? Does fashion change one’s own gender perception? Don’t we let us define too much about gender? Does fashion help us discover our true selves?Does our personal identity have anything to do with gender and sexuality?

This photo series is the result of a photo shooting with models that applied for an open call aimed at transgender, intersexual, bisexual, homosexual, as well as heterosexual people, who live their identity independent of their gender and sexual orientation. These portraits show strong personalities that were shaped by their authentic stories.

With this challenging project we want to provide a framework for the playful handling of gender stereotypes. Through the deliberate rapture from the classic-normative gender balance, we want to stir up and question our perception of the gender identities. The aim is not only to raise awareness for this taboo topic and promote the social acceptance and equality of people who live between the sexes. Furthermore its about celebration of beauty and identity beyond mental barriers, fears and reservations, and finally also beyond gender definitions.

There are as many gender as there are people. Your own gender range is free, like our lifestyle. We can create and rediscover our personal gender identity every day. For instance through fashion: Fashion transformes, liberates unfoldes. Fashion exists independently of gender identities. Its all about the human being behind it.

In addition to the project Beyond Gender a photo exhibition took place in the Concept Gallery PAULINA’S FRIENDS.

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Tags: Antonio Castello, Fashion Photography, Fashion, event, Berlin, Gender, Homosexual, LGBT, Gay

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