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Stav Strashko ~ Elle
"Most people in fashion assume I’m a girl," Stav Strashko begins slowly, “and then they hear my voice!” The model lets out a deep, throaty laugh as if to prove his point and I realize that yeah, when I first met Strashko this weekend, I thought he was a her.
“It’s cool,” the Ukraine-born, Israel-bred model assures me. “I really don’t care. Many of my friends address me as ‘she.’ Sometimes, I address myself as a ‘she’ too. I swear, I really don’t care you can call me whatever you’re comfortable with.”
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"In the loneliness you can find what you lose when you’re among the crowd. Yourself." ~Gabriel Cyphre
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Every November a celebration known as the Vigil of the Authentic Intrepid Searchers of Danger takes place in the city of Juchitán, Oaxaca, in Mexico. In this community of Zapotec indigenous people, it’s generally understood that there are men, there are women, and there are muxes (pronounced “mooshez”). Muxes are born men, raised as women, and live as women all their lives. The Vigil—or Vela—is the most important event of the year for the muxes of Juchitán, as one of them is crowned queen during the festival. In this documentary we travel to Juchitán to meet members of the “third gender” of Zapotec culture, and to hang out at the Vigil, which was honestly one of the best parties we’ve ever been to.
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