I came across this image on my tumblr and couldn’t help but share it with you. Ezra Miller is an American Actor, just recently in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, who, in this photo, seems to be embodying both masculine and feminine traits. His (I say he, because he self identifies this way, though he obviously has some comfort in defying gender “norms”) hair is up, clasped in a beaded clip, and curled, his lips bright red, lipstick unmistakable. His cheekbones are high, his eyes expressive, and his skin soft-looking. (These traits are valued in both men and women, though, perhaps more EXPECTED in women.) Yet, his jaw is sharp, strong looking, and his facial hair is thick and dark. He’s not masking his masculinity to appear more feminine, but allowing BOTH masculinity and femininity (Both kinds of repeated gender performances) to co-exist on his face. THAT is why this image is so striking. Many times with androgynous persons, the person seems to personify neither man, nor woman. They come across as gender neutral or ambiguous. In this image Ezra makes no qualms with presenting himself as masculine. He just also presents as feminine. It’s more than a little startling to see BOTH in one face.
Ezra self-identifies as Queer (though it’s not been established if that’s Gender-Queer as well as Sexuality). He’s established he has many friends of different sexes and genders, and is attracted to all kinds of people. Perhaps his comfort in performing outside of the gender norm stems from the accepted gender performances in his social space?