Man Or Woman? Model Poses As Both To Bash Gender Stereotypes

"The gender thing doesn’t exist; it’s a social construct you don’t have to fit into."

Rain Dove (via Bored Panda)

Do you think the person in the photos above and below is a man or a woman? Really, it doesn’t matter. And, that is the point androgynous model Rain Dove seeks to make. In an interview with After Ellen, Dove (who stands 6’2″ tall) relayed that she didn’t always see herself as androgynous. Rather, she believed she was an “ugly woman.”

“I never had bad feelings about it, I just felt that maybe I was that one girl,” said Dove. “It wasn’t until I was wilderness firefighter for a while and that’s when I felt more empowered in my ambiguity and sexuality as far as gender presentation goes.”

Now, when people make assumptions about her gender, Rain doesn’t correct them. Rather, she takes advantages of “misunderstandings.”

“When I was a firefighter they thought I was a male and I went with it because I really need a job and I was out in the middle of nowhere in Colorado,” she elaborated. “So I utilized my gender bending profile as something that had gotten me a bunch of odd jobs from nannying to landscape.”

The moment the activist decided to love who she is and stop trying to adhere to society’s promoted ideals of beauty, she began turning heads as a model on the runway and in photoshoots. In fact, the journey of her becoming a model is a humorous one.

“When I showed up they told me I showed up on the wrong day,” Rain said. “Turns out the next day it was the men’s casting call and that they assumed I was male. I decided to do it and it blew up my career pretty quickly.”

By modeling both menswear and womenswear, she has been able to stand apart from the competition and bolster her unique portfolio.

She told BuzzFeed:

“We’re all struggling to be unique and the most unique thing you can be is yourself. The gender thing doesn’t exist; it’s a social construct you don’t have to fit into. There are people who love you; there are people who will love you. There are people who accept you and I’m one of them.”

Learn more by visiting Rain Dove’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. via Bored Panda

Rain Dove used to believe she is an “ugly woman.”

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“I never had bad feelings about it, I just felt that maybe I was that one girl,” Dove said

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But then she realized that being androgynous is a gift – one that could work for her.

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“It wasn’t until I was wilderness firefighter for a while and that’s when I felt more empowered in my ambiguity and sexuality as far as gender presentation goes.”

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She now models as both a man and a woman and has surpassed the competition because of it.

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When people assume she is male, she doesn’t correct them.

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“When I was a firefighter they thought I was a male.”

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“And I went with it because I really need a job and I was out in the middle of nowhere in Colorado.”

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She is unique and because of it, challenges gender stereotypes.

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The activist is pursuing acting and is turning heads by modeling both menswear and womenswear.

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“We’re all struggling to be unique”

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“And the most unique thing you can be is yourself”

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“The gender thing doesn’t exist”

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“It’s a social construct you don’t have to fit into”

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“There are people who love you”

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“There are people who accept you”

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“And I’m one of them”

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