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Amanda Lepore Biography
Amanda Lepore is an American transgender model, celebutante, singer, and performance artist. She is a former Club Kid and she has appeared in advertising for a number of companies. Amanda is also known as a regular subject in photographer David LaChapelle’s work, serving as his muse, as well as many other photographers, such as Terry Richardson and Ruben van Schalm. She participated in LaChapelle’s Artists and Prostitutes 1985–2005 exhibit in New York City, where she “lived” in a voyeuristic life-sized set. She has also released several singles, many written by and/or recorded with Cazwell. She released her debut studio album, I…Amanda Lepore, on Peace Bisquit in 2011.
Amanda Lepore Age
Amanda was born on November 21, 1967 in Essex County community of Cedar Grove, New Jersey. She is 51 years old as of 2018.
Amanda Lepore Young
Amanda born and grew up in the Essex County community of Cedar Grove, New Jersey. She is the daughter of a father who was an Italian-American chemical engineer, and a mother who was a German-American housewife. Amanda’s mother had schizophrenia and spent much time in mental institutions. She has one sibling, an elder brother.
Amanda later wrote: “Ever since I can first remember, I knew I was a girl. I couldn’t understand why my parents were dressing me up in boys’ clothing. I thought they were insane.” During her early teens Amanda began making costumes for a transgender friend in exchange for female hormones. She was already isolated from her peers. During this time, her parents withdrew her from public school and hired a private tutor. Her parents took her to a psychologist, who helped her obtain a prescription to begin hormone therapy.
When Amanda was 17 years old, and through a legal loophole, she married a male bookstore owner. Later she was granted permission for sex reassignment surgery,which she had at age 19 in Yonkers, New York. Later Amanda left her husband; in 1989, she relocated to New York City.
In the early 1990s, she tried to establish herself as a nightlife figure this includes being a member in the Club Kids. Amanda supported herself by working in a nail salon, as a dominatrix, and later as a cosmetics salesgirl for Patricia Field. After meeting photographer David LaChapelle one evening while hosting at Bowery Bar, she began collaborating with him.
Amanda Lepore Husband
Amanda was married to a male bookstore at the age of 17, through a legal loophole. She was granted permission for sex reassignment surgery,] which she had at age 19 in Yonkers, New York. Amanda later left her husband. She relocated to New York City in 1989.
Amanda Lepore Boyfriend
Currently Amanda doesn’t have any dating affairs with anybody and that is because she is a transgender.
Amanda Lepore Book
After having it announced for more than a year, Amanda launched her autobiographical book, Doll Parts on April 18, 2017. The book was co-written with Thomas Flannery Jr. and published through Regan Arts. Among the text, the book features lots of pictures of Amanda taken by different photographers such as David LaChapelle, Tina Paul, Josef Jasso, Rob Lebow (who has taken the cover image), and Joey Falsetta.
Amanda Lepore Net Worth
Amanda has an estimated Net Worth of $1.7 Million.
Amanda Lepore Club Kid |Amanda Lepore Documentary
Amanda was a member of Club Kids. Because of her association with the Club Kids, she had a cameo in the documentary Party Monster: The Shockumentary (1998) and the feature film Party Monster (2003).
Amanda Lepore Kanye
There were citing a rumor that was began after the release of Amanda’s memoir, Doll Parts. It’s an anecdote about a rapper she had sex with at a San Francisco hotel before he married someone with “a similar body type to me.”
That sparked a rumor around this time in 2017 that Kanye West is the rapper referred to in the book. And seeing as how Scott has worked with West and is the father of Kylie Jenner’s baby, it’s not a totally ridiculous theory.
“Kanye is behind Amanda’s removal from the cover,” a source to Page Six. “These things are related.”
However, another source told the same Page Six when the rumor originally surfaced that it’s not true: “That is not within the realm of possibility.” But given West’s recently blossoming friendship with Donald Trump, infidelity and transphobia seem totally within the realm of possibility.
Amanda Lepore Before And After |Amanda Lepore No Makeup
Amanda Lepore Doll | Amanda Lepore Integrity Toy
In April 2006, Integrity Toys launched an Amanda Lepore doll produced by Jason Wu as a benefit for AIDS charities.
Amanda Lepore Perfume
Lepore has a line of cosmetics in partnership with CAMP Cosmetics, called “Collection Lepore”, as well as a signature perfume.
Amanda Lepore Swatch
Swatch Time Tranny Amanda Lepore Art Special by David LaChapelle
Amanda Lepore Heatherette
Many celebrities have worn Heatherette fashions in public. Paris Hilton, Lydia Hearst, Amanda Lepore, Anna Nicole Smith, Mýa, Kelis and Jenna Jameson have modeled their fashions in runway shows.
Amanda Lepore MAC
M.A.C in store truly bizarre promo shot by David LaChapelle and starring a very nude Amanda who is having a love affair with lipstick.
Amanda Lepore Music | Amanda Lepore My Hair Looks Fierce |Amanda Lepore Cotton Candy
Amanda’s first single, “Deeper,” is a 2003 trance dance song written by Wigstock drag queen Lady Bunny. She released her first album, Introducing… Amanda Lepore in 2005,,which contains “Champagne” and “My Hair Looks Fierce”. She released two remix albums, Fierce Pussy and My Pussy E.P in 2007. Amanda also sings the main title for Another Gay Movie, “I Know What Boys Like”. She also performs “Cotton Candy”, from the soundtrack of Another Gay Sequel.
Amanda was a part of True Colors Tour 2007, a 15-city North American benefit tour. It was sponsored by the Logo channel, hosted by comedian Margaret Cho and headlined by Cyndi Lauper. It benefited the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The tour included Erasure, Debbie Harry, The Gossip, Rufus Wainwright, The Dresden Dolls, The MisShapes, Rosie O’Donnell, Indigo Girls, The Cliks and other special guests. Amanda performed at the Majestic Theatre in 2009 during Metro Pride Fest in Detroit with The Divas of the Majestic: A Divine Lites Productions and Founder, Electra Lites. She debuted her album I…Amanda Lepore at the Highline Ballroom with Cazwell, Kat Deluna, Neon Hitch, Ana Matronic, Jonté and many others in June 2011.
Her debut full-length album I…Amanda Lepore was released in 2011 on Peace Bisquit. In 2013, her version of the Marilyn Monroe song I wanna be loved by you was released through Peace Bisquit. In 2014, Lepore was featured on drag performer Sharon Needles’ single, “I Wish I Were Amanda Lepore”, and she guest starred in the music video for the track, depicting Needles as a fan obsessed with getting plastic surgery to look like her. In 2015, she collaborated with Alek Sandar in his song P.O.R.N., even appearing in the cover of the single and in the music video.
Ahe published the remix album I… Amanda Lepore – Make over sessions on July 31, 2015. The album included 2 digital CDs that contain the best remixes of her first studio album I… Amanda Lepore, released four years before. The song Buckle up was released on December 8, 2017 from her forthcoming EP Lepore., which was released on February 16, 2018. The EP contains 4 new songs: Buckle up, My panties, The Jean Genie (original song by David Bowie) and Too drunk to f*ck
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Amanda Lepore Interview
MADISON MOORE: The release party for your new album I… Amanda Lepore is at the Highline Ballroom this Saturday, June 25—the same weekend as Gay Pride.
AMANDA LEPORE: Yeah, the performance kicks off Pride. The album took a long time to do, but the songs are really good. I did a song with Mya and Roxy Cottontail and Cazwell about getting your nails done.
MOORE: Would you say the record is autobiographical?
LEPORE: Yeah, definitely. Cazwell wrote most of the songs. He hung around with me and tried to make an album that was very autobiographical.
LEPORE: Well, I like taking off my clothes as well! I won the Glammy Award for Best Dressed. That night I said, “I don’t know much about clothes, but my hair looks fierce”—and I took off my clothes. Meaning, check out the shoes and hair! [laughs]MOORE: You host Club 57 in New York on Saturday nights, and you just performed with Lil’ Kim there. How did that go?
LEPORE: Oh, I was having so much fun. Lil’ Kim told me, “You got me through prison. I used to listen to ‘Champagne’ every day.” I was floored. It was shocking to me because she has all these hits. And she sang “My Pussy,” too. Like when we did “How Many Licks,” she sang “My Pussy,” and I took off my clothes. [laughs]
MOORE: What does glamour mean to you?
LEPORE: For me, it was always an escape. When I was a kid, my mother was hospitalized, she was schizophrenic. When she was sick, she wouldn’t do her hair or her makeup, and she just looked terrible. But when she got on medication and she was happy, she would go to the beauty parlor and wear makeup. So I really associate glamour with being happy. If you put on high heels and lipstick or get a new outfit, you feel great. It’s a celebration of loving yourself, and the whole ritual of it is so great.
MOORE: How so?
LEPORE: It kept me out of trouble. When I worked for Michael Alig, everybody was overdoing partying. It would take me so long to get ready, because I was never one of those girls that were naturally the cover of Vogue. I had to really work hard to look nice. I would take hours and hours to get ready. If you have high heels on, if you’re dressed nice, you really can’t be drunk or sloppy because it’s dangerous. It’s part of being a lady, so it really kept me out of trouble.
MOORE: Do you think of “Amanda Lepore” as a commentary on gender?
LEPORE: I really, truly, feel like a woman. After having the sex change, it was about getting married and fitting in and blending into society, so to speak. When I had jobs, people would say, “Don’t talk about that.” It really made people uncomfortable.
MOORE: So before becoming a nightlife icon, you were just a suburban housewife trying to fit in?
LEPORE: Yeah, but I escaped all that. The club scene was really like a… they really weren’t sure if I was a girl or a transsexual. When they found out, it was celebrated instead of “Ssshh! Don’t tell anyone!” That felt really liberating.
LEPORE: At that time, I just really liked being a girl and being with a family. And, you know, I had this vagina and I was so happy, and I could just spend hours looking at it. I didn’t really care about going out for years. Then my roommate took me to a Disco 2000 party and they were like, “Oh, you’re fabulous. I want you to work at this party.”
MOORE: How do you feel about people who lament the death of New York nightlife?
LEPORE: People always think that when they grew up it was better. The people who went to Studio 54 say, “Oh, this is nothing!” or “The Limelight is nothing. In our day it was much better.” But I mean, it’s always great. It’s always fresh to the kids. And to me, you’ve just got to make it happen. You can’t be a downer and say, “This is nothing like the roaring ’20s.” [laughs]
MOORE: Tell me about when you were a dominatrix.
LEPORE: When I first came to New York I did nails, and I really didn’t get a lot of money. I would get $40, and so I was gagging. I mean, even if you just bought lunch and took the subway, there would be no money left. I thought, my God, how am I going to buy hormones and makeup? And then this gay guy I knew told me about this dungeon where I could work. They said, “You don’t have to have sex with these guys. It’s just fantasy and role-playing.” I was so not interested in all this, but I thought it was kind of funny to do these things and get paid for it.
MOORE: Did anything really strange happen?
LEPORE: Some of them are really funny. One guy had a lipstick fetish. He was quite good looking and well-hung. And he would just pleasure himself while I put more and more lipstick on. I didn’t mind doing that at all, and I didn’t mind looking at him. [both laugh] And a lot of them were really fun. Like one guy would bring tons of pies and stuff, and you would hit him in the face with pies. It actually turned me off to guys for a while. I didn’t date guys the whole time I did that, because I thought all guys were crazy.
MOORE: Back in November, you tweeted about being in Daphne Guinness’s closet. How did you end up there?
LEPORE: I went to a dinner with David LaChapelle and Daphne Guinness came, and we were partying and everything. And we ended up going back to Daphne’s. David started playing in her closet, and they started putting on the Philip Treacy hats and I was like, wow. She had all the… what are those shoes called?
LEPORE: Yeah! She had tons of the Nina Riccis, including some I’d never seen before. Pink metallic ones, a lot of glitter ones. She had runway pieces from Alexander McQueen and all this stuff. She had beautiful flower arrangements and this mirrored hall, so you’d see a million Amandas down there. And when everybody was going to sleep, she was singing Bob Dylan songs. I was like, wow, how great is my life? So decadent!
MOORE: Do you ever feel lucky?
LEPORE: When I was in the hospital getting my sex change, I was just wishing I could be a pretty girl working in a mall. If I could have a crystal ball and see what I look like now—you know, modeling, David LaChapelle, hanging out with Daphne Guinness, singing with Lil’ Kim, and traveling all over the world, I’d be like, “Wow, I can’t believe this.”