Friday, September 18, 2015

All Play and No Work Makes Jack a Dull Girl

Lavern Cummings
I received an e-mail from Carollyn in response to my "who would I want to femulate?" post. She picked female impersonator Lavern Cummings as the woman she would femulate.

Carollynn wrote, "She was amazing and an icon among the female impersonators. I could never imagine, when I was a teen, how beautiful a man could be when dressed as a woman... and what a performer too."

I was similarly amazed as a pre-teen when I first saw photos of the female impersonators (in newspaper ads for New York City's Club 82). Today, having achieved a somewhat passable female presentation myself, I am less amazed. It is just a lot of hard work.

Just like anything else, if you want to achieve something, you have to work at it. To be a successful femulator, just putting on a dress and lipstick will not cut it. You have to study the subject thoroughly, practice what you have learned in your studies, then go back and study some more.

Just like a woman, you have to become an expert in cosmetics, fashions, hair care, etc. You have to follow fashion trends and read fashion magazines.

In addition, as a man trying to be a woman, you have to become an expert in impersonating a woman and learn all the tricks on how to hide the guy and bring out the gal. And once you achieve the look of a woman, you have to learn how to act, walk, move, speak and have mannerisms like a woman. And you have to practice, practice and practice some more.

I am sure that Miss Cummings did not become a femme fatale overnight  she had to work at it.

And yes, it's a lot of hard work. But the first time a woman compliments you on the way you look or when a man makes a pass at you, you will feel wonderful beyond compare and know it was worth it.

Source: Boston Proper
Wearing Boston Proper.

Michael Nesmith
Michael Nesmith femulates in an episode of television's The Monkees (1966-1968).


  1. Ouch!! Photoshop fail in the right eye of the model wearing Boston Proper. :-)

    However, I love outfit (but I'm a sucker for lace). Glad its in style this year.

    1. I am very tempted to buy that dress!

    2. You've got the legs to do it girl. There's a reason I picked Patty Wagstaff in a flight suit as my style idol. :-)

  2. Stana-- You are a great example of how dreams can come true, but like all dreams you need to pursue them, and work at them.

    I talked about this in a Femulate post awhile back

  3. As for working on your femulation, I think it all depends on location location location, up here in the sticks the girls are basically as tough as the boys put little effort into anything close to couture and scare the heck out of me! But then there are the tourists in their skinny jeans boots and infinity scarfs. (All of which I absolutely love). Needless to say, when I present its above and beyond what most women here bother to present in, and that makes me an easy target for "wow" she must be from NEW YAWK"