'At a meeting of Divorcées Anonymous' , 'Vue' magazine, June 1954
(Source : doppelgaanger)
This is Barbette. Acrobat, Drag Queen, contemporary of Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Josephine Baker, Picasso, and at one time the toast of Paris in the 1920s. Born Vander Clyde Broadway in Round Rock, Texas in 1899, he learned how to walk on the tightrope as a part of World Famous Alfaretta Sisters act, where he began to dress as a woman and create his act. After touring with Vaudeville shows around the nation, he moved to Paris and quickly became immensely popular, noted for taking his wig off at the end of the act and thereby breaking the illusion.
Alas, good things never last. After sustaining an injury, Barbette was forced to leave the stage. He died in 1972 of an overdose. A tragic life, but look at him! He was gorgeous as either gender, which is why I have a major crush on the fabulous Barbette.