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TO SLAY IS A WAY OF LIFE: LEE, JARED & SKATTIE’S SANDISO GO ‘GENDER FREE’ FOR SUPERBALIST.

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SANDISO NGUBANE

There’s not a single bone in my body that has me wishing I was a woman. I love women. I was raised by women – my late mother and grandmothers – and I have the utmost respect for women in general. I think women are most probably the better sex. In terms of being a human being, men really just generally leave much to be desired, and if I have to explain to you why then you are most probs part of that ilk of men who leave much to be desired.

In spite of all my misgivings about masculinity, it doesn’t mean I don’t like being a man. This is the body I was born into. I feel very comfortable in it and I am super grateful for that because there are many people out there whose bodies are not compatible with their gender. Fortunately for me, mine is, and I would never have it any other way.

Late last year, I was asked by the editors of online retailer Superbalist’s The Way Of Us blog if I would be keen on shooting a story with my friends Lee Hagen and Jared Blake – whose idea this whole thing was – dressed, as I do, in womenswear. I think just about everyone who knows me well enough, knows that I wear more womenswear than menswear, as do Lee and Jared, and as much as most people find it funny, or weird, or often ask questions, for me it is actually really just a simple thing that has nothing to do with sexuality or gender, never mind trying to be a woman.

It’s about the clothes that fit me; it’s about what I feel comfortable in. It’s about what I like, and what my money – earned all on my own – pays for.

And so, I jumped right in without hesitation.

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JARED BLAKE

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LEE HAGEN

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LEFT TO RIGHT: SANDISO NGUBANE, JARED BLAKE & LEE HAGEN

These are just a few of the images from that shoot, but there’s plenty more, as well as a story I wrote to accompany the shoot, just elaborating on my love for clothes, and womenswear specifically, and also chatting to Lee and Jared about their relationship with clothes.

Read the story and see more images at Superbalist.com

By Sandiso Ngubane

Images Courtesy of Superbalist.com

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