Trans counter-culture icon releases original line of goods
Transcapitalist: Lip-smackin’ gender bender Amanda Lepore now has a line of products available for your home
by Steven Levine
Amanda Lepore is an internationally well-known transsexual icon who became immersed in the gay party scene starting in the early 1990s. Lepore is known for her prominent appearances at nightclubs, her influence on popular fashion superstars and her risqué dance hits such as “My Hair Looks Fierce” and “My Pussy is Famous.” In addition, Lepore has been referred to as the muse of famous photographer and director David LaChapelle, who has created some of the most notable celebrity photos and music videos of the past decade. Lepore has also been the advertising face for fashion houses like Heatherette, M.A.C. Cosmetics and Swatch, and for companies such as MTV and Armani.
Now, Lepore is marketing herself to the public with the debut of a new line of merchandise.
Some of the items available for purchase include a variety of 8X10 customized photographs, four different styles of Amanda Lepore shirts ($35) and Lepore’s very own remix album entitled “Fierce Pussy” ($20).
Lepore will be releasing new items every month, starting in August of 2007. Some of the items to be released include:
• The re-release of the Amanda Lepore doll by Jason Wu (in time for the holidays. Pre-orders will begin in August.)
• Amanda Lepore Lipstick and ’50s Glamour-inspired bath products.
• “The Amanda Lepore Holiday Album,” which features six holiday standards and two original tracks. The CD will ship at the end of October.
• “The LaChapelle Collection” featuring photographs of Amanda Lepore taken by famed photographer David LaChapelle. Clothing, bags, calendars and cards will be included in this collection.
In addition to the release of new merchandise, fans will be able to join the Amanda Lepore fan club. Memberships are $10 a year and include benefits such as exclusive VIP access to venues where Lepore will appear, fan club-only holiday parties in Los Angeles and New York City and, all jokes aside, even discounts on plastic surgery.