By Josh Saunders
Sneak-peak from behind the scenes of Rodrigo Alves transformation from Human Ken Doll to Barbie in awareness raising shoot.
Famed for spending over £500,000 on surgeries and procedures to alter nearly every inch of himself, Rodrigo, 34, embraces women’s clothing for this gender non-conforming shoot.
The star from Brazil who is based in
London, looks comfortable and empowered posing in stilettos, heart-shaped nipple tassels and lingerie.
As well as a stomach-slimming corset, shortly after surgery to remove four of his ribs and give him a size 20-inch waist – in this behind the scenes glimpse.
He’s working with photo-artist Thomas Evans, 34, of Manhattan, New York, on a shoot that questions what is ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’.
Rodrigo says he grew-up gender fluid, often wearing his grandma’s ‘panties’ and ‘dresses’ from a young age – he hopes the shoot will empower others who identify that way.
He said: “From the moment we are born, people are assigned labels based on their physical anatomy.
“Their physical gender defines how society expects then to dress and behave, as well as what they are supposed to be interested in.
“I believe this puts young people into straight-jackets which prevent them from expressing themselves and exploring their interests and their personalities.
“It is letting people explore their creativity that makes them happier and successful in their lives.
“I’m a huge supporter of gender equality and the new trend gender-fluid, I regard myself as a gender fluid person.
“I wear make-up and a corset which are made for the female, but I would like to change that and launch a new trend for men, the corset under a blazer looks very elegant and helps one’s posture.
“What’s most important is that people are able to be comfortable in their own skin without suffering from prejudice and abuse from those who insist there are only two genders and a person has to act like one or the other.”
“When I was a boy my long-gone granddad used to buy me Barbie dolls to play with and I used to love wearing my granny’s panties and dresses.
“People shouldn’t be forced to identify as a particular gender.
“They should be able to express themselves in ways that reject labels and gender stereotypes.”
Rodrigo collaborated with photo-artist Thomas Evans on the images last week, as part of his ‘Feminizing the Masculine Man’ project.
He aims to question the ides of masculine and feminine in the project, which he has been running since 2015.
Discussing the stereotypical ideas surrounding male and female, Thomas said: “My job is to take the two ideas [masculine and feminine] – grow them in a pot, mix them up and say no more labels, no more boxes.
“People are free to express themselves however they want.
“I want to normalise freedom of self-expression.
“We both have masculine and feminine energy, it’s important to express both.”