Friday, January 10, 2014

The Tale of the Male Bridesmaid

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.

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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.

 

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Source: charlesbusch.com

Maxine Andrews of Andrews Sisters fame
with actor Charles Busch backstage in 1995.

 

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Source: Madeleine

Wearing Madeleine.

20 comments:

  1. Another photo that adds to the mystery........................hhmmm?????

    http://www.rebeccajuddloves.com/wp-c...013/06/451.jpg

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    1. Hi Paula --- That URL is broken. Was it this: http://www.rebeccajuddloves.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/451.jpg

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    2. She does look like a male en femme in some photos, but I think she is just a big girl. Since this was a “celebrity” wedding, the media would be all over it if they suspected that a bridesmaid in a celebrity wedding was really a male. And the celebrities who were getting married would want to avoid such publicity and would be reluctant to let it happen. That is my additional two-cents worth!

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  2. A mtf trans-gender/sexual/vestite is not over-looked by any means in this polite and civil society. Plus they have the inate quality of selling papers, televison ads, etc., what-ever. And they're not let go so easily!

    The logic you use is very sound, Stana, kudos to you!

    I also feel (and believe) she is merely a big girl. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't care. She does look good!

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  3. I saw that original story (and shared it on MY Facebook page) and that was my question as well. Thank you for your "detective skills" in unravelling this mystery! ~~giggle~~

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  4. Excellent detective work, whatever their natal gender looking at the photos those bridesmaids had enough to contend with, with those dresses!

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  5. You know, I hope that girl is not hurt by people speculating she is really male - a lot of bigger girls are very conscious of their size, especially younger ones who are not simply tall and very thin. I think that first picture she is simply standing by the shortest bridesmaid. I think she's an attractive GG who simply is not very delicate.

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  6. In this day and age many girls spend most of their time in pants. It would be interesting if guys who were "on the bride's side" could elect to wear a dress while girls who were "on the groom's side" could elect to wear a tux.
    Dream on.
    Pat

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    1. any other photos of male bridesmaids, i'm interested though not trans.

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  7. In photo 2 she looks female, but I find it interesting that she's wearing a different dress than the other girls.

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    1. Yeah - what's with that? Maybe she was the maid of honor and got to wear something different.

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    2. australske law forbids a man wear a strapless dress

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  8. Actually, each dress is different. "hers" is the only one that covers the upper chest.

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  9. My wife and I were introduced to each other by her lab partner, who is a TS. Since, I'm a CD, obviously many of our friends are TG, so our wedding ended up having 2 TSs and her sister as bridesmaids, and I ended up with a "TS best person", 1 male, and 1 TS groomsperson on my side (in black business suits, skirts or pants/silver tie or scarf, as applicable). We're planning on renewing our vows with me wearing the wedding dress at our 10 year anniversary next year.

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  10. Just came across your site as I was browsing info on male bridesmaids. I am a straight guy and I am planning on being a male bridesmaid this August so it does happen. My sister (who is a lesbian) is getting married and she has asked me to be in her all female wedding party. Rather 'begged' me because I am practically all the family she has so how could I turn her down. They wanted 4 on each side and her side only had 3. So now I am the fourth 'girl'. My sister's side will all be in dresses while the woman she is marrying side will all be in suits. We just bought this short bridesmaid dress at David's Bridal and am now in the process of selecting the perfect wig. Having a full body wax next weekend in preparation. Happy Joy. Informed I also have to have a mani and pedi done as well as wear pantyhose and wear a bunch of fancy jewelry as well. My sister's making me go all out for this. But I love her so we'll just have to get this over with. Can't believe I am doing this and spending a whole day in public looking every bit a natural woman. And that's my story. Have no idea how all of this is going to turn out.

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    1. Wow - I'd love to be in your high heels! I'd love to hear all the details after the fact. If you would like to write something up for my blog, I would happily post it. Hope you take lots of pictures!

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  11. Can't believe I am really going through with this! Thanks, Stana for suggesting I should write something up for your blog. I will do just that. The last two days have been simply amazing. I did indeed have that full body wax I mentioned back in June and what an experience! I also have had my nails done. Which means, a full set of acrylics. I am still shocked when I realize that all of my fingers and toes are now this bright shade of red. I have also just recently purchased a medium length black wig which fits like a glove. It's perfect for my facial shape so my sister says. She has been really great in helping me out with the entire process working with me step by step. More later...........

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  13. Love to be a bridesmaid.

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