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James Franco Cross-Dresses For Transvestite Magazine Cover

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Illustration for article titled James Franco Cross-Dresses For Transvestite Magazine Cover
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James Franco is wearing red lipstick, blue eyeshadow and heart-shaped earrings on the cover of Candy — the first transversal style magazine.

According to a blurb:

"CANDY is the first fashion magazine ever completely dedicated to celebrating transvestism, transexuality, cross dressing and androgyny, in all its manifestations. Never before in history, have men and women had so many opportunities for body modification, or so many ways to change their appearance from head to toe: from the softest options like make up, to permanent transformations courtesy of the surgeons' knife."

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The photo was shot by our dear old friend Terry Richardson. Of course.

Illustration for article titled James Franco Cross-Dresses For Transvestite Magazine Cover

James Franco has been exploring sexuality for sometime — his art show included lots of male genitalia; in his student film he "dashes" through the Louvre wearing a penis on his nose. He did an interview with The Advocate, the world's leading gay news source. He's played gay men, and directed movies about gay men. He says he's not gay, but he certainly seems interested in sexual identity, gender and self-expression through performance art.

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Whether being shot for Candy is part of this exploration and experimentation — or if he did it because he thought it would be cool — doesn't really matter: He's the perfect model for Candy — because he's famous and intriguing enough to draw attention to the really amazing magazine, and because he sums up this part the mission statement:

CANDY is a magazine for everybody. A space for individual freedom, and a publication that pushes people to take on the persona of what they always wanted to be.

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Here's a promo video: (Amanda Lepore!!!)

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CANDY The First Transversal Style Magazine [Luis Vegegas]
James Franco On Candy Magazine [ONTD]
James Franco Crossdresses for Candy Magazine [Just Jared]
James Franco Is A Tranny [Copyranter]

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KittyConner
Kitty Conner

Yay for Franco for being willing to explore sexuality in all forms in such public ways, including this one. I can't imagine another famous actor willing to be that comfortable in their own skin. And yay for such a publication exsisting!

But...the whole cover still strikes me as not quite the right message, somehow. I'm not sure if it's Terry Richardson, the choice of styling, the weird meta-ness of a dude in drag playing a dude in drag, or what. But I'm about as far away from being an expert on trans issues as you can get, so my opinion means very very little.

So yay! But also yay?