Paula e-mailed me about a male bridesmaid and her quest to get to the bottom of the story.
It all started with an article posted on the WLIF FM radio station website titled “Trend Alert: Male Bridesmaids.” The article stated, "Now, it’s not always women on the Bride’s side. What to you think of a man on the Bridesmaids’ side?"
Accompanying the article was the following photograph.
Some readers concluded that the bridesmaid on the right was male. Admittedly, she is a big girl and her face has some masculine features, so their conclusions are not out of line especially considering the photo's juxtaposition to the article.
Paula was fascinated with the photo, posted the link on Crossdressers.com and asked if anyone knew the bridesmaid.
Turns out the male bridesmaid was probably female.
The original bridesmaids' photo appears here in a set of photos from a 2010 "celebrity" wedding in Australia. (The celebrities were an Australian fashion model and an Australian professional football player.) The names of the bridesmaids appears here. All the names are female names.
The male bridesmaid could have used a female name, but I believe that other photos of the so-called male bridesmaid (like this photo) suggest that she is female and not male.
On the other hand, males femulating in wedding parties do exist. Here is a perfect example.
Sadly, I never had the opportunity to be a bridesmaid, maid of honor, or a bride, and at my age, it ain’t gonna happen. However, mother of the bride is still a possibility.
Maxine Andrews of Andrews Sisters fame
with actor Charles Busch backstage in 1995.