In a post I published here back in 2011 entitled Androgyny Honeytrap, I bemoaned:
“Why is it that Androgyny seems to be all the more fascinating in a man than a woman (Tilda Swinton excepted, of course)?”
Silly me…I’d forgotten about the beautiful pixie I’d discovered in the nineties thanks to David Bowie’s Fame 1990 video. The video itself is a little clunky, but Bowie dances with Louise Lecavalier in a very unique style choreographed by Édouard Lock, founder of Louise’s then dance troupe, La La La Human Steps.
Louise Lecavalier is one of the most stunning examples of androgynous beauty I’ve ever seen. She is very much a woman. You can see this in Bowie’s Fame 1990 music video and in other videos of her dance performances she’s done over the years. But back in the early eighties, she was extremely muscular and masculine. She pushed gender boundaries not only with her look, but by switching gender rolls in her dances, with aggressive movements that often involved her lifting her male dancing partners. In the 1985 video “Human Sex” her gender bending is very blunt. There are moments when a shadow appears on her upper lip looking very much like a mustache (I think she was wearing a fake one). The shape of her back, her uncovered bee-sting breasts and the frenetic and aggressively mischievous look on her face makes her gender extremely dubious…yet beautiful and sublime. She is an intensely brave woman who played with some very delicate boundaries – and she’s such an unbelievably talented performer to boot.
La La La Human Steps’ “Human Sex” performance, 1985:
Stills and portraits of Louise from the early 1990s:
More recent portraits:
There are many online collections of images of androgynous people at the moment – it’s become a popular thing to seek them out. I’m a conformist, as I’m sure you can tell. Please peruse my own collection of androgynous souls on my Pinterest page here.