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Nov 21, 2006

(Not the) Girl with a Pearl Earring


ca. Dec 1994

For Halloween 1994, my theme was "uptight preppy chick from New England."  My housemates, Barb and Joelle, took care of the tweedy outfit, and suggested a lame Halloween lapel pin (a pumpkin with blinking LED eyes) to make people think I really was an uptight preppy chick from New England who couldn't bring herself to actually wear a costume.  I went to several parties and I'm told it worked.

The above picture was taken at one of those "glamour" places a few weeks later in Durham.  The staff told me that they got 1 or 2 cross-dressers a month, so it was no extra challenge to do me up.  The hard part for me was dealing with the makeup.  I could hardly move for fear that I'd mess it all up.  Obviously, makeup isn't actually fragile, but what do I know -- I'm a guy*.  The really annoying thing about this pic is that no one pointed out that my left earring was up way too high.  Maybe I'll Photoshopfix it some time. 

I cut the long hair soon after this pic, having grown tired of it after ~5 years of hairdom.  Nowadays I keep it very short and I'm wondering why it took me this long to get to this much more comfortable place.


*who doesn't normally cross-dress.

01:39 AM in Weblogs | Permalink


Dude, that is a super mullet. If i had to classify it, I might call it a... a... um... SUPERCROSS DRAGAMULLET. You should win an award. Is there a mullet contest we can enter this thing into? Seriously, you could win something. I mean it. Really.

Posted by: adam schutlz | Nov 21, 2006 11:42:50 PM

I did notice the picture of your vaguely androgenous sister when posted without comments, and came back today for an explanation. And I now I have one. Unfortunately, it comes with a flashback to the big revelation scene in "The Crying Game". Just what I needed to start my Wednesday morning. Thanks, Phil. :-)

Posted by: Don | Nov 22, 2006 7:04:12 AM

I think the hair looks nice! But then I've always had a strange attraction to mullets. I'm serious. Daryl Hall, anyone? I guess I'm too much of an 80's chick. And I guess the fact that I had a humongous crush on Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran fame is not necessarily a good indication in my taste in men.

Posted by: Celeste Copeland | Nov 22, 2006 8:32:25 AM

Adam -- there are mullet contests from time to time (check the web for "mullet contest") but alas not here as of late, and alas not just for drag photos. Alas.a

Celeste -- you dig Daryl Hall? Really? You're not just jerking my chain? OK, so see here:


And completely unrelated, except for I'm looking out the window behind my computer: man, we've got some funky weather out there, today. (Funky for around here, anyway).

Posted by: Phil | Nov 22, 2006 10:09:18 AM

Super monsoon weather, man. I thought I was going to hydroplane off the road coming into work today. Lucky you, Phil, that you don't have to drive to an office.

This photo has always looked to me vaguely like a photo that could have been taken in the 1880 or 1890s. I think it's the combination of all the browns in the photo plus the expression on your face.

And I'll agree about the hair & glasses: I like this photo (sans glasses) much better than today's pic (avec glasses)!

Posted by: Grace | Nov 22, 2006 12:34:53 PM

Grace's comment remarking on the late-Victorian quality of this photo finally clicked into focus what I'd been reminded of:

Posted by: georg | Nov 22, 2006 1:35:46 PM

Oh, I'm totally serious about the Daryl Hall thing. "Kiss On My List" is one of the best songs ever written. And I play really good pool when it comes on the jukebox. :) Thanks for the link!

Posted by: Celeste Copeland | Nov 23, 2006 9:34:16 AM

Thank goodness, Phil. When I first looked at this, I thought, "That girl sure looks like a guy!" But I didn't post that in the comments because I didn't want to hurt the girl's feelings if she was a follower of your blog. Now I'm laughing!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Posted by: Lisa | Nov 24, 2006 12:51:05 PM

Thanks, Georg -- now I finally have an answer to the question, "which movie star do you most resemble?"

Posted by: Phil | Nov 27, 2006 12:06:58 AM

What I find odd is that, actually, I don't think you resemble Jackie Chan at all.
(it's gotta be the shoes...)

Posted by: georg | Nov 27, 2006 9:37:41 AM