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Man Or Woman? Androgynous Model Poses As Both To Challenge Gender Stereotypes
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Man Or Woman? Androgynous Model Poses As Both To Challenge Gender Stereotypes

Meet Rain Dove – the androgynous model that walks the runway in both menswear and womenswear.

Not to be confused with the modern gender classifications, androgyny is an ancient term, describing a character or a person that has both masculine and feminine characteristics. And as with everything concerning unique looks, androgyny is the next big thing in the fashion industry – from male models looking quite feminine to female models looking quite masculine.

Though Rain didn’t always see herself as androgynous. Instead, she saw herself as an “ugly woman.” “I never had bad feelings about it; I just felt that maybe I was that one girl,” Dove told After Ellen. “It wasn’t until I was wilderness firefighter for a while and that’s when I felt more empowered in my ambiguity and sexuality as far as gender presentation goes.”

Quite frequently, people assume Rain is male, but she doesn’t correct them. Instead, Rain takes advantage of these “misunderstandings.” “When I was a firefighter they thought I was a male and I went with it because I really need a job and I was out in the middle of nowhere in Colorado,” she said. “So I utilized my gender-bending profile as something that had gotten me a bunch of odd jobs from nannying to the landscape.” And that’s when it all started… Now, Rain Dove is an activist, she is pursuing acting, and she is the runway model that turns heads in menswear, womenswear, and fashion photography. “We’re all struggling to be unique, and the unique thing you can be is yourself,” Rain told Buzzfeed. “The gender thing doesn’t exist; it’s a social construct you don’t have to fit into. Some people love you; some people will love you. Some people accept you, and I’m one of them.”

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Meet Rain Dove – the androgynous model who is trying to break gender stereotypes

Though Rain didn’t always see herself as androgynous, she saw herself as an “ugly women”

“I never had bad feelings about it, I just felt that maybe I was that one girl,” Dove said

“It wasn’t until I was wilderness firefighter for a while and that’s when I felt more empowered in my ambiguity and sexuality as far as gender presentation goes.”

Quite frequently, people assume Rain is male, but she doesn’t correct them

“When I was a firefighter they thought I was a male”

“And I went with it because I really need a job and I was out in the middle of nowhere in Colorado”

Now, Rain Dove is an activist

She is the model that turns heads on the runway in both menswear and womenswear

“We’re all struggling to be unique”

“And the most unique thing you can be is yourself”

“The gender thing doesn’t exist”

“It’s a social construct you don’t have to fit into”

“There are people who love you”

“There are people who will love you”

“There are people who accept you”

“And I’m one of them”

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Captain Planet
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5 years ago

Actually I don't really think in genders. But I notice I keep thinking about it because people keep emphasizing on "It's normal/ok to be different! It's normal/ok to be different!" Same as when you keep telling your innocent/pure 3 year old child "It's ok to play with your neighbour's child even though he's black/Asian/African or whatever." Then he will start to think about it. Oh is it ok? or was or should be a problem or special? Even though normally he would just play. WE MAKE it a BIG deal and important. Don't fix a problem in a place there isnt. Th eonly thing you do then is create one. ALOT of people don't understand this or just want attention/money. imo if you really want to change something then speak up when the situation arises when it's needed for example when people discriminate. Start handling specific needed situations/people who offend other and stop obesessively publicly broadcasting how important this is or racism. It's like shooting with a shotgun at 3 targets.

Kagamilia
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5 years ago

There, someone finally said it. Thank you, Captain.

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Alex K
Community Member
5 years ago

so because she looks like a man, gender doesn't exist? people get stupider every day.

Nanna
Community Member
5 years ago

"she looks like a man" this is what she's trying to get rid of! Who decided that this is the look of a man? This can be the look of a woman and a man.

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Anne Madag
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5 years ago

Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.

Ok Ha-Neul
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5 years ago

inspiring

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Captain Planet
Community Member
5 years ago

Actually I don't really think in genders. But I notice I keep thinking about it because people keep emphasizing on "It's normal/ok to be different! It's normal/ok to be different!" Same as when you keep telling your innocent/pure 3 year old child "It's ok to play with your neighbour's child even though he's black/Asian/African or whatever." Then he will start to think about it. Oh is it ok? or was or should be a problem or special? Even though normally he would just play. WE MAKE it a BIG deal and important. Don't fix a problem in a place there isnt. Th eonly thing you do then is create one. ALOT of people don't understand this or just want attention/money. imo if you really want to change something then speak up when the situation arises when it's needed for example when people discriminate. Start handling specific needed situations/people who offend other and stop obesessively publicly broadcasting how important this is or racism. It's like shooting with a shotgun at 3 targets.

Kagamilia
Community Member
5 years ago

There, someone finally said it. Thank you, Captain.

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Alex K
Community Member
5 years ago

so because she looks like a man, gender doesn't exist? people get stupider every day.

Nanna
Community Member
5 years ago

"she looks like a man" this is what she's trying to get rid of! Who decided that this is the look of a man? This can be the look of a woman and a man.

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Anne Madag
Community Member
5 years ago

Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.

Ok Ha-Neul
Community Member
5 years ago

inspiring

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