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Portraits of Transgender Sex Workers in Rio de Janeiro

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Jessica Rosen is an American portrait and fashion photographer living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. About her series, The girls from Avenida Mem de Sa, Rosen writes:

‘I have spent the past three years working closely with a community of transgender sex workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All of the subjects of these photos were born biologically male and have since taken steps toward feminizing their identity. These photographs are a celebration of beauty both masculine and feminine and everything in between and beyond.’

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jessica_rosen_photography

jessica_rosen_photography

jessica_rosen_photography

jessica_rosen_photography

jessica_rosen_photography

jessica_rosen_photography

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  • http://skipthemakeup.blogspot.com ginasf

    “They have created their notion of the ideal woman and then move towards performing that role as naturally as possible. ”

    I have an issue with this statement. It’s not something she would say about non-trans women… rather she might say they are who they are (as determined by their internal gender identity) and influenced by societal norms. Why is it when trans women are involved it’s suddenly about “performing gender?” Moreover, these women have gone through hell to be themselves. They face what is likely the world’s highest murder rate, often intense poverty and brutal harassment by cops and public officials. Yes, I appreciate Ms. Rosen considers herself a community ally, but I wish she wouldn’t use their lives to prove her own little brownie points about gender.

  • http://www.rachel-oddsandends.blogspot.com/ Rachel

    Interesting pictorial. I like it. I have always been amazed by the beautiful transsexuals who work in Gloria. Their bodies are absolutely amazing.

  • James

    “..spent the past three years working closely with a community..” do we get to read something about the community then? Know the girls’ names? Read their stories, or hear their voices?

    Looks more like a cabinet of curiosities without the story, or connection, which after three years, was surely present.